In other news…

This is another wordy, no picture post. I couldn’t get it to load a copy of my TESOL certificate.

Just to reassure everyone…posting about my homesickness pretty much took care of it. I am doing well and here’s a little of what’s happening.

I finally finished (and passed) my TESOL certification course. It was through LinguaEdge and it felt like a thorough 150-hour course (in other words, it wasn’t an easy-breezy, nambie-pambie one). However, in order to get credit for it in the US I will likely have to take a praxis test to add it to my teaching certificate.

Now I’m working on becoming certified as a Google Educator. It’s a series of 5 courses and accompanying tests. So, we’ll see how that goes. I’m doing this with a cohort of other teachers, and it is facilitated by one of the IT teachers at our school.

Meanwhile, at school I am really feeling like I have a handle on my job and can make a contribution to the literacy of these kids. The challenge is meeting them all (700 of them) where they are, but I’m pleased with where things are headed. I have to say the online course to become a Teacher of English to Speakers of Other Languages has helped a lot since that describes about 90-95% of the students here.

It is Thanksgiving and I’ve organized a potluck for those who were interested here where I live (there will be about 20 of us!!). It should be fun. We’ve decided to make it on Friday since we work all day on Thursday. There’s a restaurant in this general area called The Southern and they are making a stuffed turkey, mashed potatoes, biscuits, green bean casserole and a whole pumpkin pecan pie for us. Our ovens aren’t really big enough to accommodate a turkey. Haha Everyone is bringing a little something extra. After the fact: We had so much food! It was a really pleasant weather day too!

I’ve booked a ticket to Morocco for Christmas and New Year’s Eve, so that should be exciting. I’m going with my friend, Gabe and we have rented a car. We’ve booked hotels and now we just need to figure out exactly which cities we’re going to and arrange for tours.

3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Karen
    Nov 29, 2014 @ 14:10:32

    I am so glad that you have dispelled feelings of homesickness, as always, I am in awe of all your accomplishments. You are the epitome of a lifelong learner, and embodiment of the word “teacher” as demonstrated by your dedication to your students’ learning. 🙂 I cannot say it enough… I so admire your adventuresome spirit and your determination to make things happen. I am a true homebody by nature, so while I don’t ever see myself teaching abroad, I do love to learn, and you have inspired me to investigate Google Educator.


  2. Carol Perkin Gary
    Nov 29, 2014 @ 15:50:32

    So glad you are doing well! It sounds like you are learning and making a difference in your world…..both good things. I look forward to visiting Morocco through your words and pictures!


  3. Jane
    Dec 17, 2014 @ 11:35:59

    Congratulations Pam! You are setting stringent goals and achieving them like a marathoner! love ya, jane


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