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I was teaching assistant in the intensive Greek course for the last five weeks. The experience was extremely positive, even though there were some challenges with figuring out the best teaching techniques. I did best with one on one or small groups; but the professor seems to think the if we can hone my use of the projector with my laptop I will do well with the classroom. He invited me to stay on this fall with a larger class that meets four hours a week and take an occasional teaching day. I am also still working with one student who is completing some remaining work.

My own coursework is now complete, so I have technically earned my M.Div. I am still waiting for a couple of grades to be posted, but it is all just a formality now. I am happy to report that I passed my internship, which I was a bit worried about due to the fact that the completion of some of my tasks was hindered by lack of responsiveness of other people. I wrote a detailed report on what I was able to accomplish, the challenges I experienced, and post-internship plans; and this seemed to be a favorable thing.

I have some irons in the fire concerning writing projects and am looking into potential adjunct teaching opportunities while I research Ph.D. options and arrange to take the GRE. All of this makes me feel disoriented, but I imagine I will feel more comfortable with this new professional identity in time. I will also continue working with the Greek class and observing the second-year Hebrew class. What I have learned is that I am quite interested in the teaching of languages as an exercise in spiritual formation. I'm also learning that I am interested in finding alternative ways to teach beginning language skills that result in better retention rates.

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baxaphobia
Aug. 28th, 2009 01:55 pm (UTC)
This is fabulous that you have finished your coursework and internship! Way to go!!!
hickory1996
Aug. 28th, 2009 02:08 pm (UTC)
It definitely sounds like teaching is your forte and if you love it that much, then I think you definitely need to go for it. I wish you luck.
sashajwolf
Aug. 28th, 2009 04:07 pm (UTC)
Congratulations on the MDiv and the internship! Languages as spiritual formation sounds interesting, and your ideas on improving retention might be useful for my law course too - I'd be interested in hearing more about both of those.
irradescent
Aug. 28th, 2009 05:15 pm (UTC)
Congratulations!
I have a friend that uses jaws and has to learn Hebrew. Do you have any advice or tips or websites that I can refer her to?
3kitties
Aug. 28th, 2009 08:20 pm (UTC)
JAWS and Hebrew
Does your friend have a braille display? If not, she will need one. If so, she should visit
http://faith.growingstrong.org/languages.html
datajana2007
Aug. 28th, 2009 07:08 pm (UTC)
Congratulations!

*hugs*
rotynd
Aug. 30th, 2009 08:44 pm (UTC)
Oh my gosh, congratulations!
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