Portafolio de Rocío Abad

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My name is Rocío Abad. I'm 22 years old and I live in Pompeya with my parents, I have no brothers or sisters so my relationship with both of my parents is kind of particular, I´ve always been a sort of mini-adult.

I finished secondary education on 2004 and on 2005 I started studying Communications Science at UBA, I really liked it that field but in 2007 I started feeling that there was something missing in my life, I wasn't happy with the kind of jobs I could get and I wasn't comfortable either with my life as a university student. I used to write stories and editorials but after that year I hadn't been able to do it again, I hope to start doing it again soon because it used to be an esential part of my life.  Fortunately I had someone with me who encourage me to try what my heart really wanted. Federico, the love of my life, made me realize that education was my field. So, in 2008 I started primary school teacher training at Normal N° 4, now I' m almost finishing it (only one year and a half, that's what I repeat myself everyday). Last year I started working as an English teacher at a public school in the nineteenth district of CABA. I' m still working at that school, and although it's not easy because we are located in a kind of guetto and sometimes there aren't even teachers for all the children I'm happy because I feel that's where my heart belongs to and I feel love for each one of my children.

In 2010, I expect to keep growing up as a teacher. And in my personal life, this year couldn't have been better because me and my boyfriend are looking for our first house which has been our dream since the moment we met.

That's all for now. Thank you for taking your time to read it.

 

Changes expected by the end of TCPD 1 and what I would like to learn.
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I would like to read more about teacher's experiences and projects, here in Argentina and also around the world because it's helpful to be aware of the different contexts and conditions where teachers work. I would also like to investigate several approaches that are used on the English teaching field.By the end of TCPD 1 I expect to be able to analyze in a more theoretical way my classes and to start, seriously and consequently, using an approach according the needs of my student and my school.

What kind of learner am I?
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I believe that I’m a very curious learner but not a very good student. And I would like to state this difference, I think that everyone can be a student but not everyone can be a learner, because in order to  become a learner it’s necessary willingness, this means to be involve in  the process, have an “I want to be here” attitude towards it. I don’t always have that attitude, usually I have it for the subjects and matters that are interesting for me, which can have very negative results sometimes because I’m also a very demanding learner of good teaching practice,  and when I don’t  feel comfourtable with the teacher and it’s methods I tend to drop  out.

I’m also a learner who needs to be independent but also needs to feel under pression, in the most stressful moments I tend to be brighter and that’s why sometimes I take a lot of time to do something. I like making my own decisions and choosing authors and books that aren’t on the syllabus,  I want everything I produce to have my mark, I can’t stand to copypaste and when I do it I feel disappointed about the result.

Although I like having good marks, for me it’s has always been more important learning and not only studying by heart or to please someone.

What do you need to learn to become a better teacher in Distrito Escolar 19? What helps me learn?
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As an English teacher I think that I need to learn to structure in a more organized way the lessons. I try to plan them, I write day by day what I’ m going to do and state moments on the lessons but it’s just not working, I cannot complete a lesson. I usually have to change them in the meanwhile and what’s worst, sometimes I feel so overwhelmed by children  that I forgot what I have  to do next.

I also need to learn how to work with non - conventional materials because Distrito Escolar 19 children cannot always afford books , give money to photocopies or even buy coloured pencils  so I have to produce materials for them and it’ s not easy, it takes time to think and to make them.

Fortunately we have trainings once a month for first cicle, and second as well. They are very useful because it’s a good opportunity to exchange materials and the trainers always have lots of ideas. So I take notes and try to reply them. But as I said before, it takes a lot of time and money too.

 

How has TCPD influenced my teaching practice so far?
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Well, I try to think about what I did well and what  I did wrong after the lessons. I’m trying to start like a journal where I can write certain things that happened in the classroom so I can be more aware of my decisions and to also reflect about them, in that way I migh be able to ajust the classes to my student’s needs.

I’m also trying to be clearer on my role as a teacher, may be because of my lack of experience as a teacher or my personality I wasn’t very clear about boundaries or classroom rules.  Lately I’ve been a bit behaviourist  because I realized that my children’s needs are related with boundaries, because they lack of them. I tried to be more constructivist in this matter but I didn’t succeed, this fed me up but I’m going to keep trying until they get the idea that they’re in a school, in a classroom, and not in the streets where the rules are the violence and the disrespect for everyone. I recognize that I sound kind of Skinner and the “getting the right habit” approach but at this moment I just cannot see it in any other way.