I am an English teacher. I have been teaching since 1992. I have taught from Preschool up to Secondary. Right now I teach in one of the biggest schools in Sintra, 8th Graders (12-13 years old).
I think being a Language teacher is wonderful. We do have a curriculum but I feel that everything fits in it. It is just the way you look at it. I could live without books in my class (but not in my life, but that is another topic).
For me the most important thing is getting those kids to speak. Without fear of making mistakes. Make them realize and believe that they have to make mistakes to learn. That's my and their biggest challenge. I usually say that I was never just a teacher. I always felt that going to school, have classes and go home was not enough to me. I am always involve in the life of the school and promote many things with my students outside the classes. (That's when we get to know them better, don't you agree?) I have experience as a headteacher, as a in-service teacher trainer, as a teacher trainer, as a Comenius teacher, as project manager,... I am an eTwinner since 2006. I belonged to the National Support Service for 9 years and was the eTwinning National Coordinator of Portugal for the past 6 years. It has been a great adventure! I met the best teachers. Teachers that teach students and not curriculum. Teachers that matter in their students' lives.
I am a mother of two girls. I am a super geek. (It takes one to find another ;) ) I am a gymnast (have been all my life). And much more...
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School: Escola Básica Ferreira de Castro - Ouressa Sintra