Alaa Sharbaji

Alaa Sharbaji

I worked as a teacher in Syria for many years. I heard about The Mobile Educator from my contact person at Vluchtelingenwerk. And directly I knew it was my chance to start.

After this training I got a chance of an internship at one of the primary schools in the village where I live. My internship is for 6 months. It was possible for me to choose the classes which I want, so I chose class 7 and class 8 because they are the classes which I can give lessons of grammar, and there is my passion.

I began at 1 November 2016 with my first lesson: I just sat and listened to the teacher of the class. The next day, the teacher of the class asked me to share in the teaching. The third day, I just gave the whole lesson. It was a great feeling that I am a teacher again. So, every week for one day I am an English teacher.

After a period of time they did an evaluation of my work and they found my job very good. Not only this; I got several thanks messages from some parents, and that is something I am so proud of.

I learned also a lot like: team work, using the digital system for giving the lessons and the most important was the learning about the interaction between the students and the teacher.

I hope now that I can complete my dream and work here as a teacher, not only trainee; my first step was perfect with the Mobile Educator.

Alaa Sharbaji is an English teacher.

Nour Fattouh

Nour Fattouh

I read about this training on Facebook. I became immediately enthusiastic. I was a teacher and I want really to learn how I can complete my way.

I started, and every day I got more and more information on how  the education system in the Netherlands works. What should I learn and know to become a teacher here? So it was my first important step.

After the training I got an internship at a  secondary school, now I see, learn and try at a real school and that is something special. My internship began at 24 October 2016 and I can stay until 18 June 2017. during this internship I take part in different levels. In the first period I just sit, listen, watch and learn how the interactive process between the teacher and the students is. I was so curious. After that I started to be more active: answer students questions. I tried more to be part of the lesson and I used what I learned from my training about using interactive programs to make quizzes. And that was something amazing, the students like it so much. And finally I gave a lesson by myself alone (completely in Dutch).

Of course I couldn’t do it without all the help and the support from the other teachers in the school; they let me feel as I am one of their team and I am just in the right place where I should be. An amazing experience. My Dutch becomes better and I got a lot of knowledge about the education system.

Nour Fattouh studied Mechanical Engineering and worked as a teacher at Aleppo University for 4 years.