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Interview – Public School Teacher
Transcript of Interview – Public School Teacher
Public School Teacher Profile – General Information “I’ve always liked English since I was a kid. I knew I wanted to work with it. I studied at CCAA in Lages – SC. Also, I’ve had English classes in regular school since the first year." Questions Metaphors 5)The good language learner is… “the interested one." Outline: 1. Profile – General information; 3. Metaphors; 2. Questions and answers; 4. Conclusion. Aline Boehs, Hanna Bueno & Juliana Stadnik Name: Alessandra Age: 31 Context: - a public school in “norte da ilha”;
- 13 classes;
- students are between 10 and 16 years old. Years of experience in teaching: almost ten years Places where she worked as a teacher: “I’ve worked in private school and in a state school." Institution where she graduated: Unisul – Letras Português e Inglês 1)Why did you become a teacher? “Because I was always inserted in a school context, once I worked as a trainee at the secretariat, and we have many teachers in the family. What I really wanted was to study “Secretariado Executivo” or “Relações Internacionais”." “It was in a state school in the neighborhood of Coloninha. The social context was very poor, the students had drug dealers in the family, there was violence… When I first got there, I really wanted to teach, I was still at college, but I had to face a really difficult social context. This difficulty was stronger than the students’ will to learn. I had fifth, sixth year students having to take care of their houses because their parents were arrested, or dead, or they simply didn’t care. They used to say “I don’t even know how to speak Portuguese, so why should I learn English?” Somehow, I tried at least to bring some moments of happiness to them. And I was also happy sometimes, when I heard them calling me “teacher”, in English, and using some greetings such as “hello” and “good morning”. There are always some students who get interested and learn. But it’s difficult, not everyone of them wanted to learn." 2)What would you say about your first experience as a teacher? 3)How do you view teaching as a career? “Nowadays, I think about giving up, I don’t imagine myself retiring in this career. The issue of the students’ families is very sad. Also, there are special students, with some kind of deficiency, and we are not trained to deal with them. They have to stay in the class because of the inclusion project, and they have a second teacher to stay with them through the whole class, this second teacher is graduated in “Pedagogia”, but there is no training to deal with them, unless you got lucky to study this in your college time. There is also the problem of the salary, the category’s disunion, politics issues (which you can’t run away from), and also “assédio moral”. If I am to stay in the area of education, I want to work with “Libras” (Língua Brasileira de Sinais)." "Well, I take 20 minutes just to call the role, and in the 25 left, I try to teach something. But somehow, I manage to do it. It takes me lots of time getting students’ into the classroom because they are always in the halls; also, I always have to recapture the contents of the previous classes because they don’t remember. I have to teach “to be” verb to an eighth year class, for instance. There are just two classes per week, the other courses have much more importance. The students study for the other courses, such as Math and Portuguese, in my English classes. The problem is the “aprovação automática”, a determination from the government which says that every student in the fifth, sixth and seventh years will be approved this year, no matter what are their grades, as long as they have sufficient attendance. This is because of the insertion of the ninth year in basic school. Also, the students got a lap top to use in class (the “one lap top per child” project), but the network is open, so they keep checking Facebook." 4)What could you say about your classes? And what about the context you are inserted in? 5)Which aspects do you take into consideration when preparing, implementing and correcting activities? “I try to do everything in class so I don’t have to bring a huge amount of work to do at home. The contents to be taught are decided in “cursos de capacitação”, which are meetings where, theoretically, these contents are decided. The students have three grades: a participation one, a test (with chance of “recuperação”), and an in-class project. When I try to work with conversation, it becomes a mess." 6)Feel free to say anything else concerning your teaching experience. "There are always good moments, which make you keep going. There are some students who make you try harder, go further. But the number of students who put you down because of the indiscipline, the disrespect, is much bigger. There is this student who has done so many things, that it was decided that every time he attacks some teacher, or employee, or another student, we will make a “Boletim de Ocorrência”. The lack of values of these teenagers is reflecting on school. You can’t work well having to deal with this. Of course I’ve had good experiences, students that said they started liking English because of my classes…but the worst thing for me is to stay in a career with no hope of change." 1)Teaching is… “a gift." 2)Learning is… “necessary." 3)Being a teacher is… “my job." 4)The good teacher is… “an “education highlander” (you must do many things, it’s not just about teaching, you have to mediate conflicts, and to deal with your student not only as just a student, but as a human being, which is inserted in different social, familiar and economic contexts.)" Time spent learning English: “your teacher can open the door but you must enter by yourself” chinese proverb