You may have noticed a new face in the classrooms and hallways of Fulford Academy over the last few days! Cody Webster, a Consecutive Education student from Queen's University in Kingston, ON, is joining us for the next three weeks as he completes his placement program.
Cody is originally from Gananoque, ON and has recently returned home after 3 years of teaching ESL in Korea. While this may not have been part of his ultimate plan after completing his undergrad at the University of Ottawa, Cody is quite happy he took the opportunity to teach abroad. With the intention of only teaching in Korea for one year, it was such a great experience that he ended up staying for three! Cody says that aside from the classroom experience, the best part of living abroad was experiencing the culture…and the food, of course.
His experience abroad opened his eyes to the importance of being able to be open and flexible when it comes to teaching students, and that tailoring assignments to the needs of the individual student go such a long way.
Cody's concentration in his studies is International Education, the intention being that he ultimately finds a teaching position working with ELL students or within an international environment...Cody, meet Fulford Academy (we're kind of perfect for you).
After recently completing a placement in a Junior Kindergarten classroom, his experience with us so far has been a bit of a shock as it is quite different from the kindergarten level! With just a few days in though, he's already noticed the connection between the teachers and the students. Cody says that the teachers at Fulford Academy wear many hats. Because this is a boarding school, everyone is more than "just" a teacher, everyone has specific roles to play beyond teaching that cultivate great student/teacher relationships.
With the lessons learned in Korea, and the experience he has gained since coming home, Cody's focus is to really take the time to ensure that he teaches strategically with ESL students to ensure he is conveying the course materials in ways that are best understood by his students.
If you see him around, be sure to say hello! He's got quite the story to tell so take a minute to get to know him while he's here!