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Considering a TEFL course? GO for it!!! 🌎

Hi all,

I would like to share with you the joys I’ve had this week, of meeting some amazing people whilst taking on an opportunity that can change both yours and my future plans foreverrrr.

I enrolled myself onto the TEFL Org UK website last month, as I fancy trying a lot of new experiences this year ( not that I don’t usually like to take them on ) but this year I really fancy going for it.

The options for your certificate can range between from choosing a 20 hour ( just 20 hours of theory online) to a 150 hour, but you are clearly advised by the team that completing a certificate with more hours opens you up to more employment opportunities later down the line. Personally, I wanted to do the 130 hour certificate which compromises of 30 practical hours teaching/ learning and 100 hours of the theory online. Earlier this week I completed the 30 practical hours in Manchester  from Mon-Wed, 08:45-18:00 whilst enjoying the Mancunian music and several cups of tea.

I cannot express how much I enjoyed it!!

At times the lessons and practice was intense, I thought I was possibly going to have an anxiety attack on the second day at lunch as the 3 hours before that had been really hard and I just couldn’t get the info to go in properly. But luckily Caroline the teacher, drew us a chart out which helped clear questions up, plus one of my new friends explained it to me a slightly different way so by the time we got back for our teaching practice session on that topic we flew through it and got great feedback from the rest of the team. *Phewwweeeee – wipes sweat from brows*  After that mini hurdle, I felt a lot more confident in the rest of the lessons we presented to the class – having realised if I could get past that one session I truly believed I couldn’t teach, I could definitely do everything else without any fear of things going disastrously wrong :’)

As per usual I had a typical ‘Charlotte moment’  the second morning when I thought I had seen Caroline walking into the lobby with a coffee so went over to give her a hug……only to find out it was a complete stranger and my eyesight had let me down once again arghhhhh!! The picture of the lady’s face sends me splitting my sides whenever I think about it :’) Plus, I then walked downstairs laughing at myself as I couldn’t help it only to realise one of the staff members had seen the whole thing and was now watching me looking like an ill hyena walking past him towards the conference rooms….. please let me just sink into the carpet right nowwwww.

However, I do have to thank Caroline our teacher for being so helpful and understanding about everything and anything. I certainly bit half her ear off with all my questions on the last day about specifics of travel details, further courses to take in addition to this all whilst having a laugh. But of course, those 3 days would not have been the same without the rest of our cheery team, the 19 of us felt like adopted family by the time 6pm came on Wednesday, everybody played a great role in each day whether it was one of the class jokers or one of the ladies throwing banter into the drama productions, no one ever felt left out or had no one to help support them.

Below are two photos of a meal out with one of my new friends Olivia who took me to a vegan pub and Paige ( not in the photo ) who showed me a local Japanese restaurant.

I still have 3-4 months left of modules to complete for this certificate, but I could not be happier to be on my way with this. I am planning to stay in England this year and into the next, as I will do some online TEFL teaching asides from my normal day job in a nursing home with dementia patients 🙂 but next year I hope to make use of this future certificate fully by spending at least 4 months out there in a new culture, learning a new language myself and enjoying teaching the English Language to people of all ages abroad 🙂

I am also excited to have finally figured out what I properly want for my future although that had taken some time I have managed to piece it together. Seeing as I like English, feel passionate about helping/improving peoples lives with of all ages, (have a teaching assistant certificate), some A-levels combination and like to work in a people centred environment – I thought why not go to train for Speech and Language Therapy in future plans? It covers all age groups and a lot of the interests I have in health – mental health, dementia, stroke patients, autism ( I know some people with this condition which increases my interest), mutism, dysphagia and more.

Thank you for taking the time to read this long winded post today 😂 I’m just really excited ✨

Lots of love from Lottie x

Life and all that jazz

A Christmas present for the homeless

Budget version:

  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • A comb
  • Pack of face/body wipes
  • Pair of fleecy socks
  • Christmas card

Extra version (depending on how much you can give) :

  • As above with extras below ⬇️
  • Thermal top
  • Deodorant
  • Milk bottle ( to help with Vit D deficiency )
  • Sausage roll/ Home made hot quick dinner

Just as a side note this is NO way compares to what the individual deserves as everyone is deserving of a full, healthy living. This is a form of minimal help over this freezing period at Christmas, to try and help people’s lives who aren’t always able to help themselves, you could also help these people reach out to services able to make their future brighter.

Here are some sites who can give some advice on helping the homeless:

Centrepoint< a href=”http://www.shelter.org.uk/”>Shelter&lt; a href=”https://www.samaritans.org”>Samaritans

Life and all that jazz

New poster for my bedroom ☺️✌🏼🐯

I found this in the sale at Debenhams a few weeks back, but have had my eye on styles like this for a while – because I think it’s so important to remember how important your individuality is!! 

When I couldn’t find any others I liked quite as much, I decided to snatch it up after work one day for £12 so I’m very pleased with this purchase. It has a lot of my favourite colours (asides from purple) and I love the cursive handwriting print✔️

Please don’t forget to remind yourself daily of who you are, where you have been and of the person you want to grow to be for your future 😊

Love always,

Lottie x 

Life and all that jazz

Why I hate the term ‘special’ for children with additional needs

Like childhood isn’t hard enough for the young with the different challenges it presents on the road to adulthood. Some extra frisbee’s are thrown at children with additional needs – whether they may be on the autistic spectrum, have dyslexia, EBD or mobility difficulties or any other additional need. It can make the journey somewhat a less than smooth road than others.

The gifted and talented are also under this title, as they are sometimes not pushed enough to their ultimate potential. Therefore this holds them back from chasing and gaining their individual higher ability targets, in the same way that other individuals are often not given enough support to achieve what they desire with a little helping hand to achieve to their fullest goals no matter what they might be.

Labelling and the consequences of this action can be really damaging to any individual regardless as to whether it is meant with a good intention or not. Being classed as a ‘special needs child’ in the classroom whether upon the individual hears it being said, or sees it written down in paperwork has an isolating effect on that child both mentally and socially.

Mentally that child sees that they have been somewhat distinguished as different to the rest of the children in their environment and almost always is accompanied by negative associations. Just a few consequences to name-from some of what I have viewed; destroyed self-esteem thinking they are not capable of attempting/finishing a task incase the answer goes wrong and may be too anxious to ask for help, completely avoiding some topics of difficulty because these children do not want to feel as though they can’t accomplish a piece of set work if they are really struggling with it, displaying self destructive behaviour in order to bring attention away from their work even if they end up being told off . It seems a preferred option to some incorrect/misunderstood work being looked over and discussed, because the child does not want to be the receiver of critical feedback about their work when they have already been made to feel separated and less capable than the other children. Positive praise is often used in these circumstances where an individual is refusing to work or is struggling and support is given, however more needs to be done to further integrate lesson plans with additional needs children in mind so as not to make them feel excluded or less talented than any other child in the class. Often that individual will then grow up with a mindset that there will be a cap on what they can achieve when looking at others they know , might be getting up to and therefore not set out to follow their dreams if their self confidence has been diminished by others causing them to believe there would be no point in trying anyway which is most certainly a sad situation. Every child has the world ahead of them.

Socially friendship groups can be become somewhat to severely affected depending upon the type of need the individual has and how it displays itself in that person. For example a child with autism may struggle to maintain certain friendships that cause them a lot off stress or embarrassment or become quite confused by some slang terms or playful sarcasm as communication can be a great difficulty a lot of things are interpreted very literally. If children are making jokes which involve a required amount of thinking and some light humour a child with autism may find it hard to understand the difference between a joke or an actual indirect insult being thrown their way. There can also be several degrees and a variety of formats of bullying that take place aimed at the young – specifically to try and ‘trick’ a person into a situation or to become peer pressured into something they know the other person might not understand isn’t healthy for them (whether that be the mind or the body. ) That individual may also struggle to operate in the community on their own most effectively if they struggle to converse with members of the public or having to talk to somebody they don’t know, but could be a real blessing to anybody if the right support is given to help that person be the best version of them self whatever it requires.

As we all know anyway, somebody having an additional need or several for whatever reason that may be –  does not mean that person is any less able to carry out the same roles and responsibilities as others their age, it simply means that the person just requires a little something to help them reach their goals and tackle any struggles with some guidance or resources. Too often in society it is sometimes spoken about as though the person is never going to manage some life milestones at the time society expects them to be performed as I have seen this happen to people I am close too. This should not be happening! Each person is unique and beautiful beyond closed minded opinions, so there should be no comparisons between individuals’ capabilities. After all not one person was created to be a replica of anyone else, we’re all talented in multiple ways and for good reason rant over 🙂

Love always,

Lottie x