First, knowing that you can help others makes you feel useful. When you are teaching elementary school students, especially the students who don’t go to cram school, you are helping them and giving them a chance to accept and like English. Once they like English, they can learn English better.
Second, even though you are the teacher you learn English, too. During this volunteer activity, there will probably be some English questions that you can’t answer. When this happens, you still have your English teachers at FCU to go to for help. In this way, you continue to learn and improve your English while you are teaching English.
Another thing I have learned from this volunteer activity is what it means to be a teacher. Since I became a teacher, a part of me has want to think like a teacher, dress like a teacher, and talk like a teacher; therefore, I observe the teachers in my HP classes. I also want to understand just what our teachers want us to learn and if I have really learned it.
Finally, I’ve learned what it means to be me. I’ve gotten to know myself better through this volunteer activity. I know who I am by the way I teach and the way I act. Being an HP volunteer teacher has helped me to see more clearly what my values are. If you are a student in the Honors Program and are interested in teaching English, then teaching at Da Ren Elementary School can be a great opportunity for you – just as it has been the greatest opportunity for me!