FHS News: From FHS as student, to China as Teacher, back to FHS

Around the world and home again, to Teach:

Kristin O’Rourke continues her life-long learning as teacher, traveller

By Elena C.

Fredericton High school is one of the biggest schools in the country with a population of almost 2000 students. Therefore we have a wide range of classes, for all the students to take and a wide range of different teachers to teach them. Every teacher has their own story of how they started teaching and their different experiences with doing it.

I took the time to sit down with one of FHS’s own teachers, Kristin O’Rourke, who spent 4 years teaching in China, and asked her what that was like.  She said that teaching in China was similar to teaching at FHS because they were both Canadian schools and the curriculums were the same. However, the school she taught at was a private school so the school never had problems with money; it was a school for students whose parents were relocated to China for work.

“It was a small school so you really got to know all the students there,” said Ms. O’Rourke. Compared to the hundreds of students at FHS where it’s almost impossible for the teachers to know every single student. Then I asked her what teaching was like over there; she taught grade 10 English and History and grade 12 World Issues and French. “There are different students from all over the world, so I would have to think more globally in order to given better examples when I’m teaching.” Kristin O’Rourke told me.

Teaching in both Canada and China, is expected to be very different experiences, even if the schools are both Canadian. However, Kristin O’Rourke admits that she enjoys teaching at both schools, as frustrating as it is at times working for a government funded school. “The students are more mature here and you get more productivity, because the majority of the students are all from here and learn the same for the most part.”  Kristin O’Rourke said.

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