Portfolio of Bishoy Masseh

Teaching Experience
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Ministry of Education: Sounbat Commercial School September 2000 – August 2003: Al Gharbia, Egypt

My involvement at Sounbat Commercial School was truly a learning experience since it was my first teaching career. I taught the curriculum provided by the Egyptian government to students of Grade 8 and 9. My main focus was to encourage students to communicate using the English language and actively participate throughout class. The unique aspect of this experience is that I started to learn how to manage my classes.  My students were all Egyptians with the same culture, background, and barriers in learning their second language English. I have noticed that most disruptions occur before the bell rings and between activities. "Silent 30" was my signal for all students to clear their desks and sit silently within half a minute. A class reward occurred after 30 seconds were completed successfully. My students loved how visitors witnessing the routine would drop their jaws in surprise.

Notre Dame Secondary School : September 2003 – June 2005 in Cairo, Egypt

My experience with this school was truly exceptional. The school is a private school that adopts the government curriculum. The school supported the use of technology and modern teaching techniques. The impact that technology has had on this school has been quite significant. The technology has completely changed how teachers teach and students learn. Teachers were learning how to teach with emerging technologies available at this time (computers, Smart Boards, digital cameras), while students were using advanced technology to shape how they learn. By embracing and integrating technology in the classroom, I was happy to set my students up for a successful life outside of school. 

Dubai Learning Center (DLC): July 2005 – August 2012: Dubai, UAE

This teaching opportunity was my first outside a regular school. The Dubai Learning Center offered courses for all age groups.

The time I spent at the DLC was a learning curve for me as I was exposed to students from more than 20 countries. Some of my students joined the courses because they had continuing education requirements to keep a certificate current, but most joined because they’ve chosen to learn something new. The big challenge was that my students had different learning styles; some were visual, others were auditory, and few were kinesthetic. Therefore, I used to conduct a short learning style assessment at the beginning of my class to help me plan my lessons.

Because I believe that activities keep people energized, I created many activities. We had small group discussions, experiments, role playing, skits, writing or drawing something specific. 

Substitute Teacher in Montreal, Canada: October - June 2013

During this period of time, I had received my temporary teaching permit and started working as a substitute ESL teacher in the following school boards:

  • Marguerite-Bourgeoys School Board
  • Trois Lacs School Board
  • Laval School Board
  • English Montreal School Board
  • Sir-Wilfred-Laurier School Board

Paul-Gérin-Lajoie-D’Outremont Secondary School - 2014

This was my first encounter with the secondary school system in Quebec. My goal for this school year was to engage the students to participate and express their opinion in English. I prepared a variety of topics that intrigues their interest from internet and tattoos to smoking and development of music. I encouraged participation by giving students different projects on every topic, writing an advertisement, running a debate just to name a few. My experience with these secondary students drove me to go back to primary school with a focus on building their foundation in English as a second language.

Très-Saint-Sacrement School and Sainte-Catherine-Labouré Primary School - 2015

This was my first experience teaching at two schools at the same time. It was a challenge to get to know 2 different teams and double the number of students. On the other hand, this helped me build a larger network of colleges and get more experience from the different ways the two schools were run.

Nouvelle-Querbes Alternative School – 2016 

This was my first experience teaching at an alternative school. The Nouvelle-Querbes school is dedicated to alternative pedagogy. Thus, the educational projects of the school are child-centered. Instead of the standard grouping by age, the students are split into multi-level classes to encourage co-operation between older and younger students. The school is open to parents presence in the classroom and in the various committees. Parents are also considered co-educators, I often asked parents to support projects I created for the class and the outcomes were outstanding.

Paul-Jarry Primary School and Sainte-Catherine-Labouré Primary School -2017

I was the only ESL teacher at Paul-Jarry primary school and teach the first cycle students at Sainte-Catherine-Labouré primary school. I used technology to better target students’ levels of achievement and learning needs. In this way, excellent progress became an expectation of every student, including those who are already more advanced.   

Des Berges-De-Lachine Primary School -2018

I am currently teaching at this school. Now that I have been through the experience of teaching, it is easier as I know what to expect and certainly learned how to managed my schedule to the benefit the large number of students I teach.