Today, accidently, I read one of a letter that I wrote for applying to teaching position. Obviously, I did not get into teaching, but my tear ran down again when I read this. I would like to share this with all of you today:
The following describes my ambition and my desire in education. 1997 is a very important year for me.
In the beginning of the year, I met my first student. At that time, I was a Mathematics tutor and I was teaching secondary 4 and 5 level of Mathematics, in French. At the end ofthe semester, I received a thank-you card from her. This is the first meaningful thing I have done in my life.Even today, I can still remember the special feeling from that thank-you card. Since then, I told myself that Ihave to do more things like that to make mylife more colorful and cheerful. In same year, I went back to Hong Kong in the summer. As a coincident, I met Mr. Charles Yu, who is one of the famous Emotional Quotient (EQ) trainers in Hong Kong. He invited me to work in his company and I was so excited. During the 3 months in Hong Kong, I have learnt lots of EQ techniques.
Afterwards, I came back to Montreal to continue with my studies. Meanwhile, I continued to work as a Mathematics tutor for several levels, from secondary school to college. After my graduation from university, I worked as a teacher in a high school. The main task is to teach students who have learning disability in Mathematics.
During these 10 years, I was trying to combine EQ and Mathematics’ learning together. Since then, almostevery summer, I returned to Charles Yu Training Company to learn more teaching skills. In year 2000, I became an EQ trainer in the company. From 2003 to 2004, I started up a brand new course called “How tobecome an EQ mathematician” in Hong Kong. There were over 80 students who had registered to the course.
Last year, I have formed a training group called Billy Chan Training Team (http://www.chanbilly.com). I have trained 6 youths to be my teammates. We created the first French Leadership Summer camp in the Montreal Chinese community. Because of the excellent feedback, we started the first EQ course right after. There were around a hundred students who took my class in the year 2006.
I have currently graduated as a Master of Science. I think it is time for me to move on to another step in mycareer. When I look at my history in terms of education, career and my passion, education simply standsout to be the best chice for me. I love to teach and I enjoy being a teacher. In the past 10 years, I have taught over 10 000 students. From their supportive and enthusiastic feedback, it illustrates that, and I alsobelieve that, I am a good teacher. By adding EQ elements and techniques in teaching can actually motivatestudents to learn. Over these teaching years, it tells me that increasing learning motivation is the mostimportant thing in the classroom. This is not only teaching students with the required materials; we can also teach them how to learn by themselves.
Last week, I attended to one of my students’ convocation. I looked at him when he was walking onto the stage to be given the degree diploma. I remembered in the old days, the time that he did not like science atall and now, he graduated with a degree in Bachelor of Science. My tears ran down and I talked to God,“Thanks for giving me an opportunity to teach.”
- It was my dream.... Ah B