Dedicated to his students’ success, Matt Smith is a teacher at MANHATTAN English Language Studio (our partner school) who strongly believes in motivating his students to strive to improve, while enjoying the learning process. Read on to find out more about his experience (15 years!) and what he bases his teaching on.
1. Tell us two interesting or unusual things about you
Fun fact 1: I am able to move my ears independently. (We highly recommend asking Matt to show you when you meet him in person!)
Fun fact 2: I have been travelling and living in Asia for nearly 10 years.
2. What kinds of activities do you use in your lessons?
Everyone has a different approach to learning. Each student deserves to have the lesson be catered to his or her particular learning process. I like to focus part of the lesson on learning the foundation of a part of speech or arithmetic and reinforcing it by applying it to the students’ personal interests. I find students really enjoy memory-matching games. With the more active students, I tend to do more physical activities such as hopping or walking in an entertaining manner to the appropriate flash card.
3. What do you most enjoy about teaching?
Seeing the light go on in my students’ eyes. We all deal with different challenges; some of us enjoy art while others excel in mathematics. The best part of teaching is seeing a student work towards overcoming an obstacle and being proud of the effort they put forth to accomplish what they set out to do.
4. What teaching experience do you have?
I have been a teacher for over 15 years; the last 7 were spent teaching all ages in Taiwan. I got involved in teaching after I was a swim coach for four years and enjoyed coaching kids.
5. Do you follow a particular teaching style?
I feel it is important to adapt to each student’s personal needs. My underlying philosophy is to motivate the student to strive to improve while enjoying the process.