February 02, 2019
By: Kasia Garlicka
I'd like to say a big thank you again for your kindness and for sharing your passion towards teaching and eduScrum. You asked us to write our thoughts about eduScrum..... I have been extremely busy since I came back from Holland (I work for two schools and I am a single mother of two kids) but finally I can sit for a moment to write.
Before having found you Willy, for a long time I had been looking for something that, now I know, is called eduScrum. I had this inner feeling that traditional teaching was in fact not teaching. It was just passing on information. And sadly, if a student didn’t catch it, there was something wrong with him or her, not with a method or a teacher. You know what I am talking about? I've got this view from my observations and discussions in a staffroom
I have got two passions: teaching English and psychology that is closely connected to neuroscience. I also taught business English for 10 years so I could observe a business world thoroughly as I worked with a CEO and other heads of departments. Altogether it made me think that a good teacher is a resultant of three factors: a great passion towards the subject, knowledge on how brain works and how we learn and let me say "human resources management" or simply speaking coaching. And when I got this belief, I heard of eduScrum. That moment I knew teaching was going to change for better :) But when I started to search the Internet for eduScrum I found out that I needed to go to Holland, which was too expensive for me then. It all happened I think a year before Paulina started to act in Poland as an eduScrum trainer. She was a sign for me but unfortunately I couldn't buy a ticket for Your performance in Poland, it was too late. Luckily I persuaded Paulina to organize another meeting and then I was the first person to buy a ticket :)
There is another thing that makes me believe in eduScrum: I taught English myself. I never attended regular schools or universities to study this language. When I was a child it was difficult to find an English teacher in a town I lived (we lived behind an Iron Curtain). I still remember an old lady who provided private lessons in English, but after 2 years of learning we reached her level and it was the end of education ;). All in all I started working on my own and thanks to this I am deeply convinced that when you learn on your own and when you spend as much time as you need on a certain issue and you are the person responsible for your success, it gives you wings and it is an engine for your development and intrinsic motivation. All I missed at that time was a tutor to turn to when I came to standstill for example. Doesn't it sound like eduScrum huh?
Willy, I know eduScrum gives a huge opportunity for students to become not only aware and self-driven people, but also responsible team players. They can feel that whatever ability they have, it is a value. They focus on positives at last!!! But in my opinion it will happen when we use eduScrum on a regular basis not occasionally (but of course it helps a lot as well). That's why I am turning every lesson into eduScrum and my students love it. When we were having the first retrospective I had tears in my eyes because my student said they started to believe they could do everything what they wanted thanks to eduScrum! I've made some mistakes regarding eduScrum, but thanks to them I am still learning and mastering my skills. Improvement takes time and I humbly accept it. I am but an apprentice with a head full of questions :) I have just started my new way of teaching and living as well. eduScrum changes you as a person not only as a teacher.
Willy, thank you for eduScrum and your determination.
Best wishes, Kasia Garlicka,
English teacher for Primary School Number 4 in Ełk, Poland