<![CDATA[Ryan W Locke - Blog]]>Wed, 27 Jan 2016 13:57:21 -0800Weebly<![CDATA[Concept of Worldliness]]>Fri, 14 Aug 2015 11:12:58 GMThttp://www.rwlocke.com/blog/concept-of-worldlinessGrowing up in a place that exemplifies cultural diversity brought many different cultures and traditions into my life.  Even though we all stem from a different place, culture, or tradition, we are one branch of the same tree.

As a child, I went to schools that were often dominant in one culture, where almost every student came from the same cultural background.  I was accustomed to the same foods being served at every party, at every friend’s house; there was a variety within culture, but a lack of different cultural foods, or people for that matter.  Growing up was simple, indifferent, and the same routine every single day.

However, this all changed when I moved to Honolulu, Hawai’i.  Honolulu is best described as a place where East meets West, as it is a doorway to many different people sharing their own culture under one spirit of aloha –where everyone is welcomed and shares the spirit of being nice to one another.  This attitude brought upon new opportunities for learning, not just in the educational system, but from the people themselves, too. 

I became much more interested in becoming involved in more extracurricular activities, one reason being the thrill of a newfound experience as I did not have this kind of opportunity on Maui before, but also being able to explore new cultural experiences from not only my perspective, but also from their perspectives as well.  This introduced to me the concept of “Worldliness”, and that there is so much to learn by meeting other people.  I believe that understanding different cultures will give me knowledge that is extremely key for becoming a well-rounded, knowledgeable educator.  This type of knowledge will help me better connect to my students when I begin to teach internationally, because the cultural differences and values are just a few things that differ in an international perspective, and will help me to adapt to better serve my students.
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<![CDATA[My Love for Teaching]]>Mon, 27 Jul 2015 11:13:54 GMThttp://www.rwlocke.com/blog/my-love-for-teachingEver since the beginning of my sophomore year in high school, I envisioned myself as a teacher; however, lacking experience, I was uneasy committing to the decision and therefore enrolled into a course titled “Explorations in Education”.  This course not only laid down the foundations of what education is, or what it means to be an educator, but it also erased any doubts I had of becoming a teacher.  This course gave me the necessary tools for good classroom management, as well as the skills necessary to be open-minded about educational policies that surround us in the world today.

The first exposure to any sort of teaching experience that I had, occurred during my junior and senior year in high school, when I was selected to become the teacher’s assistant for Japanese language, years one and two.  During that time, I taught one lesson a week to students who were in grades nine through twelve.  This was merely the beginning of my love for teaching.

I graduated and moved on to community college, and got my first internship at the Maui Language Institute at the University of Hawai’i Maui College upon the completion of my Associates of Arts in Liberal Arts degree.  I stayed there for two summers and one winter term assisting instructors in teaching English as a second language.  I was able to teach students, both visiting and residing on Maui, as well as students from Japanese colleges or high schools that were looking to do an intensive short-term English learning program.

These experiences all contributed equally to my interest in teaching ESL or EFL.  My greatest pleasure was watching the students grow, and when it was time for them to leave, to see their progress and their accumulated accomplishments. ]]>