许多年前，有这样一位老师，她同样遇到了“After graduated, it was difficult to find a professional job with my skills.”的困扰。不同的是，她用6年的时间从迷惑中找到自己，完成了从一位学生到专业教师的转变：跨越大西洋，从美国抵达中国。成为了备受学生喜欢的老师。
01 来到中国，我竟没有culture shock
曾想学习生物成为一名法医，曾想将母语英语作为专业，但直到她在大学中系统接触亚洲文化后，才终于找到了兴趣所在。问到她是如何最终决定选择亚洲文化作为专业方向的时候，她承认：高中时期参加哈佛模联Model UN 的经历，帮助她开启了通向亚洲的第一扇大门。
“I did that for 4 years(Model UN). The final year, I got to be China,which is the best country to be, because China has a really good reputation and very strong, it was fun, and I did a lot of reseach about China . I had a little bit interesting because of that. That was the reason I first got in touch with China and Chinese language.”
“My major foucus is about Asian language ,Asian Culture, a little bit history,mostly for China, Korea and Japan.
“After I graduated, no experience was so hard to find a related job in USA, many of my friends went to China , I just decided like…Let’s try in China! Maybe i will be good at this.”
与中国的第一次”亲密接触”早在2010年，她落地北京参加了一次为中国贫困山区学生教授英语的活动。从北京的繁华到贵州山区的贫困落后。她说：正因为最开始对就见识了中国极端的”两副面孔”，在真正决定定居中国的时候竟然发现：“I didn’t have any culture Shock.”
“In 2010, I participated in a program to help poor students in China prepare for the Gaokao and I taught some English in a small village in Guizhou for three weeks. I decided to get TEFL certified and try to teach. In school, I helped many of my classmates study and proofread their essays. After one year, I really enjoyed the experience and wanted to continue. “
“In 2014, I taught English writing for a Business English program at 天津科技大学 in TEDA and in 2018 I taught English classes for English majors and general oral English for students of other majors, as well as some IELTS writing workshops in 天津工业大学. “
“In 2018, I started a MA TESOL program through Spring Arbor University in Spring Arbor, Michigan (online). I just completed this program in July 2020.”
成为教师特别是英语作为第二语言教师之后，她将许多语言学家的理论运用到课程中：其中就有十分推崇的美国教育学家：Stephen Krashen 教授外语习得理论。
“Stephen D Krashen 是美国南加州大学教育学院荣誉退休教授，最知名的研究是建立第二语言学习的普遍性理论，也是自然研究法的倡立者之一。他的著作《阅读的力量》虽然只有 163 页，却有 366 种参考文献，并被读者认为应该是教育局官员和中小学老师人手一本的必备参考书。”
” I prepare my class my reviewing the material in the textbook provided by the school and supplementing with additional material to ensure understanding or to apply the knowledge from the book. I think my personal teaching style is focused on fluency rather than accuracy. At the 10th grade level, students should be producing as much written and spoken work as possible. Mistakes will appear, but the small mistakes will be corrected over time if the students continue practicing. I do not believe in criticizing students because of mistakes or correcting mistakes that do not impede understanding – these things are not important. If we embarrass a student too often, they will lose confidence (丢脸) and give up. That’s not what I want.”
“Haiku is a form of Japanese poetry. Typically, haikus are written about nature, but they can be about any topic. Haikus have a very specific syllable structure. The first line of every haiku has 5 syllables, the second line has 7 syllables, and the last line has 5 syllables.”
作为一名国际学校的老师，面对着个性更加多样化的学生们，Emberley老师对师生关系有怎样的独到见解？How to balance a “kind” teacher or a “strict” teacher?
“I think it is important to have clear guidelines for classroom rules and expectations. For example, I do not accept very late homework and I do not allow the students to speak Chinese during class time. In this way, I am strict and I think that it is important to remain consistent in terms of rules or expectations so that there is a sense or authority in the class.
“On the other hand, I think in a language class it is important to build rapport with the students so they will feel comfortable in the class and want to participate. We play games, make jokes, watch videos, and chat casually when there is extra time. Maybe in this way, the students will see me as more “serious” than “mean” and understand that we have work to do but we can still occasionally have fun.”
04 The cole value to be a teacher
“I think that being a good teacher involves a lot of things: knowledge and competence but also the humility to admit when one does not know something. “
“I hope to continue teaching ESL and Reading and Writing for College Success and working with the students to polish their English skills. I hope to continue to help students with their college application materials and develop my own teaching skills further. I also hope to start some challenging academic clubs and activities next year. “
“To the class of 2020:
Thank you for all of your hard work. I wish you all the best and I hope you adjust to your new lives as painlessly as possible when you get to finally go abroad. My advice is to keep all of your old work, files, documents… having visual examples of work will help you when it’s time to produce new work. Don’t forget to keep improving your English by reading as much as possible. Be sure to reach out to me if you need anything and I look forward to hearing about your experiences abroad! Remember to always cite your sources .”
所谓教师，正是一种在潜移默化之中与学生共同成长、亦能改变其人生轨迹的职业。正如老电影 Apache War Smoke写道：“He（The teacher) taught me without teaching. That’s the best way.”