How did I become a Japanese teacher?

If you haven`t read part 1 of the story, i suggest you to read it here

Part 2 starts from the point where i wasn`t borne from a well to do family.
i don`t really like to share my personal stuff with people but i feel that my students and those who are reading my blog can learn from this.

My family was a DV family. If you know what i mean. Now my dad has his own family. If not for my teachers in my school, i might have died long ago. Don`t really wanna go into much details, but i was really grateful to my teachers back in school. I hope that by being a Japanese teacher, i can share not just my love for Japan, the language, but also experiences about life.

I was grateful to 1 teacher back in my secondary school, now my god-father, who really took care of me spiritually and mentally. I would never have come this far without him.
When i was doing my polytechnic studies, i started to share and counsel juniors who experience difficulties in life, like quarrel with parents, BGR problems, etc, etc. I was also doing peer tutoring in programming and found out i really like teaching. Good things like how the lecturers plan their modules in the polytechnic, having a lesson plan, informing the students what is the goal at the end of the module. In my classes now, i apply bits and pieces of what i learned in polytechnic to my lessons.

I was also grateful to my aunt who took care of me after my mum passed away for 13 years.

To me, you may find me being a very serious teacher, but if you have been in my shoes and came so far to be able to learn Japanese, seeing students who just study Japanese for interest, but not taking effort to persevere to do well, you might feel like very sad for them. That is also why i always interview students before they come and learn the language.

Of course, as time goes by, i see many of these students who are just learning for short-term interest and don`t continue on. Just feel very sad for them. I also changed my attitude and not be too serious with them…

For students who have their parents` pay for them and don`t study in my class, i will just ask them to leave my class.

For students who always OT and yet still make an effort to come for my classes, stay back after class to revise with the classmates, i really respect them from my heart.

I guess this is the real reason why my students remain as a family. Because i teach all of them like they are my own family.

Like to end this part 2 with a song from Uta-Prince…

I hope to be my students` Nanami, to make an good impact and to be everyone`s guiding light on my students life.

/Can

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