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In these short episodes, guests share specific stories that reflect the reality of teaching and how they overcome the challenges.


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Failing an Internship, Succeeding as a Teacher: Discussing Experiences In The TESL B.Ed. – With High School Teacher And B.Ed. Alumnus Gonzalo

Guest: B.Ed. Alumnus Gonzalo 

Sometimes struggling during an internship (or even in your first year) can make you feel like you are not in the right field. B.Ed. alumnus Gonzalo talks about an experience that tested his resolve, and ponders the question whether teachers are born or made. 

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My Secondary Student Told Me I Couldn't Teach Him Anything: Being A Young Teacher And Dealing With Student Attitude

Guest: B.Ed. student Yasmine 

It can be very challenging to be a young teacher in secondary. Students push your boundaries and question your legitimacy as an authority figure based on your appearance, and it can be difficult to know how to approach these situations. In this 15-minute episode of Talking TESL, B.Ed. student Yasmine shares one such experience while in a secondary internship. She explains her feelings and how she handled the interaction, and gives advice on how to mitigate such situations in the future. 

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Objectified by Your Students: Why Is It So Normalized?

Guest: B.Ed. Student Catherine 

Many teachers have unfortunately dealt with the uncomfortable experience of being objectified by their students. Whether it's in the form of stares, comments, jokes, unwanted messages, or even touching, these instances are difficult to approach and oftentimes normalized or dismissed by colleagues. This is one of those many topics that are not talked about in university courses, but emerges in the field, leaving it up to the teacher to navigate in the way they see fit. In this episode of Talking TESL, B.Ed. student Catherine discusses how she handled a secondary student acting inappropriately towards her, and speculates on why this behaviour is so prevalent and the conversation surrounding it so lacking. 

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Sticking to Your Boundaries and Keeping Calm in the Classroom: A Short Story About Teaching Adults

Guest: B.Ed. Alumna Yvette 

It is not uncommon to feel intimidated by students, especially when starting off your teaching career. Whether due to the age of your students, their personalities, or even your working environment, it can be difficult to stick to your boundaries in situations where your position of authority is being delegitimized.
Have you ever felt intimidated by your students? TESL RC’s Lead Coordinator Yvette has. In this short story episode of Talking TESL, Yvette shares an experience standing her ground with an aggressive student.

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