“We have high standards and high expectations for every student,” Tisdell said. “To see those young learners speak in native Chinese accents is the most rewarding part.”
Q: Can you share a proud moment that made you feel great about doing your job?
One student I taught a couple years ago struggled emotionally and academically before entering first grade. I worked closely with him from day one to encourage him to believe in himself and discover the power of working hard. It was not easy at first. I used the positive class community to let him feel included and and give him a sense of belonging. One day, he said to me “Teacher, I think you love me.” A couple months later, he said to me, “I love you!”
Q: Why do you think immersion is beneficial to young students?
Young students are better at learning a second language. They are not afraid of making mistakes and are eager to show off their new superpower. That is a key part of learning a language. The best way to learn a language is to live in a language. What is better than an immersion program?