I’ve been waiting for someone else to start this thread, but now I will take the lead and kick this thing off. (And I don’t want this to sound like Aristotle and his S.S.E.T [secret society of English Teachers])
Recently I have been connecting with another Forumosan, an extension school (buxiban) boss, and discussing ideas and methods with him. I am not new to the teaching scene, with six years under my belt, but I feel changed and revitalised by the exchanges that we have had. It’s nice to get around people that aren’t directly involved with what you are doing that also have a passion for this “calling” that we have.
We become like those we associate with. Iron sharpens iron. Birds of a feather, and all that Jazz.
The great thing is that I have discovered this “network”, as small as it is, to be mutually beneficial and encouraging. Now, rather than keeping this idea to myself, I’d like to put it forward for all of you who have a passion for teaching English the right way in Taiwan to start hooking up. Share your passion. Share your ideals. What gets you on fire for teaching? What do you struggle with? What would you like to do better? What are you great at?
I’ve taken off since I started “networking” with like minded people. It’s changed the way I feel about my work and life in general. It’s so easy to forget about your purpose and lose your passion when you are isolated or not part of a bigger picture.
See, this is what happens when 2 people get together and talk, help each other, and provide general support. I know that Forumosa in general does that, but I am talking about something more specific to teaching, and not neccessarily confined to the teaching forum.
I know that there are people out there that are thinking like me too. So, who are you?
This is not Bassman looking for help. This is Bassman sharing something that has worked for him. Maybe it will work for you too.
Let me share a quote with you from Sir Peter Blake, a New Zealander that was famous for sailing and environmental causes, just before he was murdered by pirates on the Amazon. This is a quote from his journal on the day he was murdered.
[quote]If we are hot then you know it is now, not last week or last year.
To win, you have to believe you can do it. You have to be passionate about it. You have to really “want” the result, even if this means years of work.
The hardest part of any big project is to begin.
We have begun, we are underway, we have a passion.
We want to make a difference.
These words are resounding in my mind on a daily basis.
Do you want to make a difference?