Portfolio of Bishoy Masseh

Teaching Philosophy
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The process of learning is challenging and rewarding. Learning a foreign language requires not only the academic progress but the development of socio-cultural competence as well. Mastering a new language takes time but each small step makes a big difference.

Teaching has always been my passion, as it reveals my inner desire to help others, to impart my knowledge, and to sail in the minds of others. I believe that it is important to be consciously aware of the theory behind what I teach as well as the way that I teach.

Some of the more prominent aspects of my teaching philosophy include:

  • The learner's pre-existing knowledge
  • Whole language approach (i.e. why should we learn English in Québec?)
  • The social functions of language how and where are we going to practice
  • Student relationship
  • Teacher self-reflection

I believe that knowledge is constructed; I do not see students as empty containers merely awaiting knowledge to be poured into them, but rather, as active participants in the learning process. This means that as an instructor, I cannot merely transmit knowledge to students through lectures and textbooks but must act as a facilitator, creating opportunities for students to interact with material in meaningful ways. My goal is that students will leave my classes having developed both the knowledge base and critical thinking skills they will need for the rest of their life.

As an ESL teacher I am always interested in related scientific research and technological innovations because I search for new ways to facilitate the learning process. I combine the best from both traditional methods and modern approaches. My recent experience is including the use of Dash and Dot Robots in class for an interactive vocabulary learning process in Paul-Jarry Primary School. While maintaining my traditional bulletin board with themes as in the pictures below.

I stimulate the learners' interest by introducing activities that appeal to their personalities and backgrounds; I often raise a topic of general interest to keep them motivated. My way of teaching is positive and encouraging. I make every classroom hour an exciting adventure - informative, motivating and challenging. I always put myself in a students' position and review each activity from their point of view. English is my second language and my personal learning experience helps me to anticipate most of the problem areas.

 

Teaching ESL provides outstanding opportunities for my professional and personal growth. I teach and learn at the same time. Whenever I prepare a lesson or conduct research I have a chance to perfect my knowledge. My students teach me lessons which I am willing to learn: cultural differences, psychological issues, and interpersonal communication. Being a teacher I raise my personal bar higher, there is always a room for perfection as the old Hebrew proverb states "Do not confine your children to your own learning for they were born in another time."

English Corner Comment this document

English Corner.jpg

The English Corner showcases what my students are learning and talking about in class. I update the corner with the change in theme.

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English Corner: Christmas Comment this document

Mr. B Classes Comment this document

Mr. B Class.jpg

This is another use of the bulliten board, using the movie UP as a theme, 255 is the number of my English classroom and each ballon has the students group numbers.

Mr. B Class.jpg (53.5 ko)