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Teachers' Stories

Destiny

Posted on January 8, 2017 at 4:15 AM



My name is Jaber Alanazi. I am from Ontario, Canada. I have been teaching for two years now, so I am considered to be a relatively "new teacher." This is my second year here at BBS. I had always wanted to be a doctor; I was highly interested in anatomy and biology as a high school student. My first opportunity to teach in a classroom was when I was in grade 11, it was a chemistry class and I had to explain Stoichiometry to my peers. I still remember the feeling like it was yesterday, all of a sudden I felt stronger and taller. That incident was a turning point in my life and it made me channel all of my energy towards education. After earning my masters in language arts, specializing in teaching English as a second language, BBS school to start my career and develop my pedagogy.


This year I am starting a writing strategy called, “4 before me.” As the name suggests, it means that every student must have four other students check his/her work before they get a chance to show it to me. Gradually, that will help student become more responsible and careful with their work and put much needed emphasis on the stages of editing and revising as they are crucial stages in writing.


As a teacher nothing is more satisfying and rewarding than to see your hard work come to fruition. Last year, one of my students who had the lowest reading level in class, spontaneously, walked up to me and said, “Thank you mister for making me love reading again.” That statement alone was compensation enough for all the time I spent reading with students after school and all the sleep deprivation.


Teaching is not just a job or a career, it is a passion. It is definitely not a job that can be performed for the sake of a paycheck at the end of the month. Naturally, there are particular skills and strategies that every teacher needs to attain, however passion must be the driving force behind attaining them in order to excel at teaching. Here is a video that I would like to share with others about teaching with passion

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