Now, with the covid19 pandemic, many education systems and institutes around the world have turned to online classes. This has brought up some anxiety amongst teachers everywhere. While some teachers are barely starting their online classes, Chungdahm academies began online classes ahead of the rest. So, I’ve been teaching through Zoom meetings since March 6th. Since it has been a little over a month that I’ve been teaching online, I want to share my top four reasons why I am currently satisfied with teaching Chungdahm April classes online - while still commenting on how this experience compares to offline classes.
As one of the benefits of working at an April branch, the curriculum is already created by HQ. Teachers are trained to properly deliver each lesson using HQ’s methodology. The classes are taught using a smart board platform, usually on a touch screen TV in one’s classroom. For online classes, teachers can still teach in the same manner. However, instead of using a TV, I utilize my desktop and a pen pad to make my annotations throughout the lesson - my classroom’s desktop isn’t a touch screen. A perk is that now teachers sit as they teach. Teaching while sitting in an offline setting is unprofessional, so the teaching profession requires a lot of standing. The higher the level, the easier it is to guide students through the material as one usually would in an offline setting. This is because the youngest students usually have an opportunity to interact with the smart board, which is not possible online. So, it did take a shift in approach towards completing lesson slides, but it was not much of a challenge. It just took brainstorming and adapting. Overall, in regards to learning management, Chungdahm’s technology heavy, creative and innovative curriculum enabled a smooth transition to online classes.
Acquiring New Skills
Some are hesitant to change, while others face change head-on. I strive to do my best to keep moving forward, adapt and grow. Thus, while unprecedented, and rapid of a change as it has been, I can happily say that all Chungdahm teachers are now benefiting from acquiring new skills. As Chungdahm teachers, we are now able to say we can comfortably teach offline and online. We are knowledgeable about platforms like Zoom. We know of effective and tranquil manners to approach the always growing, changing and more tech-heavy education system. I feel I am able to weigh the pros and cons of both methods and platforms of teaching. Moreover, as a faculty manager for my branch, I take my knowledge and problem-solve to meditate for any short-comings.
Nobody can deny that during a time like the one we are facing, teaching online is the safest way to proceed. As much as I miss my students, and I sure do miss them an enormous amount, safety is priority. Students stay home and teachers work from our classrooms. Students are able to proceed with learning. Moreover, teachers are able to proceed teaching - which leads me into my final point.Job Stability
One only needs to start surfing the web lightly to come across all the articles regarding all the financial damage covid19 has reaped across the world. Those that are a part of the essential work force, must proceed to work and take caution doing so. Those that can work from home, get to keep working from a safe distance. Sadly, those whose jobs are not deemed essential and cannot complete their job tasks by working from home are being left unemployed. It is truly fortunate that Korean cultural emphasis on early English education continues to keep English academies running. It is those academies that are not equipped for the new-aged technology-driven form of education that are being devastatingly hit. Working for Chungdahm, I can keep working feeling at ease.
These are my four main reasons for feeling satisfied teaching online classes for Chungdahm. I am fortunate to have a good list of reasons to be happy during these times. Moreover, this is only temporary, so why not weigh your pros and cons to see if teaching for Chungdahm can be equally satisfying for you?
Giselle Moreno is from California, USA where she attended the University of California, Riverside. While a student, she always worked with international students and she decided to teach English abroad upon graduating during her third year of university. It was through the experiences of being an English tutor for international students that she felt really fulfilled. She found it particularly easy to get along with Korean students which is why she decided to pursue a teaching opportunity in Korea. She even attended Yonsei University in Seoul for a semester as a study abroad student and fell in love with the city. She is currently working at ChungDahm Learning’s April Daechi branch located in Gangnam, Seoul.