Je m’appelle Mlle. Teach et je suis prof de français! I am a French teacher encore (again). A technology in education class while completing my Master of Arts in Education program was the inspiration for this site, and I continued it through my student teaching and into my journey as a professional educator. I taught for three years both in private and public schools, regular class period and block scheduling, as well as a short stint in middle school. I took a break and after moving cross country had the glorious opportunity of teaching and subbing in California (one school I subbed at came with an ocean view!).
Now I’m back east and I’m back to full-time teaching, to my surprise, but the opportunity gives me another chance to see if teaching French is really what I want to do, or is it is rather K-2nd grade where I belong?! We shall see. I am here to share the ins and outs of my real-life journey, hopefully providing insight, wisdom, humor, misery, sympathy- anything that comes with learning to be an effective teacher!
My background and motivation:
I adore French and foreign languages. I love quality websites and wanted to start one since day one of my Masters degree. I also have a website that is continually a work in progress, but is essentially an educational French language learning site. This website is where I want to share my personal experience of pre-teaching, student teaching, teaching, leaving teaching, subbing, coming back to teaching (whew!), and any other education-related information I come across.
I have studied French since I first could in 8th grade, so I’ve been studying it now longer than the H.S. students I teach at this point. Teaching French has helped me keep up on my French, but I really need to get back to France! I try and keep up with my French by reading online, reading books in French, watching movies, and going to Alliance Francaise meetups (but these have varied over the years).
I went to France for two weeks after junior year of High School and loved it!!! I knew I had to major in French so I could study abroad. During college, I did have the delightful opportunity to do a whole year there- in a small, quiet town my first semester, and in Paris! the second semester. I did an internship in an art studio where I even read stories to French children- in French, and painted with other French adults. So many great experiences!
I decided to major in French in college and to pursue further study in Education so I could teach it to share my love of it. I finished my Masters of Education and obtained a teaching certificate in the prestigious state of Pennsylvania! I survived a first year full of ups and downs and realized teaching is a more-than-full-time job! I intend to continue to share my thoughts, ideas, and lesson plans and materials for teaching French as I go through my latest position which is four levels of French!!
Update 2010- I left the tiny private school I was teaching at to jump into a chance in the high-paying PA public school realms. Well, it’s been tough. I thought I was young and able as far as “a lot of paperwork” goes, but they aren’t kidding. It’s massive amounts of organization, distractions (in my opinions), and it’s led me through a lot of frustrating times. But, it’s had its ups and downs. Each school has its pros and cons. I’m here covering a maternity leave position, which will end quickly. I’m now considering not teaching. We’ll see what happens. If I don’t teach, though, I will undoubtedly stay linked to the teaching world in one way or another.
Perhaps, even making a teaching blog be one of my jobs and hobs.
Update Jan-April 2011- after a truly challenging semester at a public high school with block scheduling, I almost didn’t want to teach anymore :-/ I think getting through the 1 year, then 3 year hump, would be a lot easier if done in a school you really like, with your own classroom. Although I sort of had that chance at my first school, it wasn’t exactly a good match for me longterm. The subbing job I took split between a middle-school and high-school has helped me regain some perspective. I remember why I wanted to teach French. Middle-schoolers can be really fun and cute, and we had a great time together. Their misbehavior is different than the high-schoolers. Once I got used to it (and remembering yet again just how much older I am than them), it became easier to manage and move on. Unfortunately this was another subbing job covering maternity leave, so I wasn’t even there until the end of the year. But I’m glad I took the jump and have tried out different schools, levels, types of schools, a bit of it all! We’ll see what happens, I am probably going to sub the year out and then think of a plan for next year. I might take a break from teaching. Stay posted, I know you’re on the edge of your seat right now 😉
Update September 2015- after temporarily switching career paths over two much-needed years (due to deaths in the family), I got back to teaching in 2014. I did a French enrichment program at a charter school in central California (my favorite teaching gig yet!). There weren’t funds to keep that program going so I spent 2015-16 subbing anything from K-8 to Spanish to PE! I do like subbing, and I approached it with a firm but fair classroom management approach, which I felt more confident with after taking some time off teaching, and maturing in my own life.
Update September 2016- Missing CA and living back on the east coast, I started subbing again in the academically prestigious state of Pennsylvania. I am subbing in a great school district and hope to write a bit more info on what happened with my applying and jobs and certifications and whatnot!
Update June 2017- I was subbing in an autistic support classroom and went into Kindergarten and 1st grade a lot and I loved working with younger kids! I also subbed the remainder of the year in a much older grade somewhere between K and H.S., which I did not enjoy as much. I am glad I know where I want to be, and I took the PECT PreK-4 test to be able to teach younger elementary students. The subbing was very helpful for me to see that I could indeed take on a variety of roles with relative ease (I do think my flexibility and perseverance are great strengths in this subbing world!).
Update January 2018- My, what a journey I have been on as a teacher. There I was, primed to go for teaching something in the K-4 range when suddenly I get a call about a French high school teaching job. From January until the end of the year, here I am again “I’m Teaching French!”. It has been A LOT to take on and I am just starting to feel like maybe I can make it, but it is a lot to have four different levels to prep every day! It’s a private school, so there are pros and cons, of course the biggest con being the low pay considering hours of work!!!
Merci pour votre visite! Stay tuned!!