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Turning Point Education, NZ

It has been more than 3 months since I began my new career here in Turning Point Education (TPE) in Christchurch, NZ. Within this time, I feel I have grown as a person, a teacher, and what’s more, a trainer.

The experience that one gains when working in a new environment can be nothing short of exponential, if one has the drive to venture forth and explore. In this short amount of time, I have taught students of various nationalities and backgrounds, gained newer insights to teaching techniques, and most important of all I believe, made new friends.

Here every student is unique, and is treated as such. The student is treated as an individual, and is given individual treatment where the instructors are encouraged to take a genuine interest in their development and well-being. This, I believe, could only be made possible by the very nature of Turning Point Education being a boutique language school, where quality is given preference over quantity.

The Managing Director of TPE, Bronwyn Hardaker, is unlike many of the operators of schools and training institutes that are available in the market who seem to care mainly about facts and figures. She believes in implementing family values into the institution, where the students feel like they are a part of something bigger than just a short stint at another language school, just to get that job, or just to be able to live in NZ. They feel like they belong to a family.

This unique (though not new) view on education has provided me with a model to think about in planning future courses and programmes, both as a teacher and a teacher trainer.

I highly recommend Turning Point Education to anyone who wants to make a difference in their language education, especially if they are interested in working or staying in New Zealand.

Web: http://www.turningpoint.ac.nz


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Why are you a teacher?

Why are you a teacher?

Why do you want to be a teacher?

It can’t be the money. In Malaysia we’re among the lower paid professionals, as opposed to Singapore, where teachers are among the higher paid government servants.

It can’t be the fame and glory. There’s almost nothing glorious about standing at the front of the classroom, yelling at the top of your voice for the students to quiet down.

It can’t be the hours, because contrary to popular belief, teachers do not just clock in at 7.20am and clock out at 2.30pm. Teachers wake up at the crack of dawn, clock in at school at 7am, clock out between 3pm to 5pm, go home and take care of family matters until 8pm, and then continue marking books, preparing lessons, completing backlogged paperwork, write reports and so on, sometimes well into the wee hours of early morning. Then they sleep for a few hours, and then drag their bodies out of bed again at the crack of dawn again the next day, beginning the cycle all over again.

So if it isn’t these things, what is it?

Well, it could be a number of things, couldn’t it?

It could be the high you get when the students are in stitches laughing at your jokes, as if you were an Apollo stage stand-up comedian.

It could be the excitement you get when you see the students completing your tasks, and seeing the understanding dawn on their faces as they absorb the knowledge you have passed on to them.

It could be the pleasure you get when you know that you are in fact shaping the very future of those bright young minds, that you are and always will be an integral part of thousands of lives.

It could be the feeling of utmost satisfaction when many years have passed by, and suddenly out of the blue, a smartly dressed executive calls out your name, and asks you if you remember teaching him once upon a time, and that because of you he is where he is today.

It could be all these and much, much more.

What could your reason be?


Filed under Step 1: Defining who you are