I wasn’t really happy with how my day went today. It seems like little by little I am learning the hard way in terms of tutoring a class. I am beginning to question what I really know in terms of Cisco. Maybe its just the lack of experience or the jitters of the first week. Jitters of teaching Australian kids/grown ups in a different environment, their turf. I am so tempted to be more of in control of my class rather than letting them do according to their time.
Like today, I only have one class and it was suppose to run for 5 hours and it only ran for an hour. It was horrible. Worst part of it all was I let them be, I was trying to explain something about vlans and how switch would tag a packet from a PC, trunking and native vlans. I asked what would happened if the trunk port of two connected switch were on different native vlans. I said confidently based on what i just saw on cbtnuggets, that packets would be broadcasting and will be tagged by that other switch of its own native vlan….it was a disaster!!! Funny thing is there’s this question about how come I am in a wrong mask and at a glance I couldn’t figure it out, the answer was so simple that the student even gave me the answer itself. ggggrrrrrr…….
Its really a bad day today a total lost for team delan. The game plan for next week is a need to structure my time with them. 1 hour would be a review of their subnetting, 2 would be the vlan challenge, 3rd hour they can do whatever they want to do. unless I can think of something like having to get them something to do and they have to finish it within the day. Friday is another day….I just want to finish this week, meet all my classes and re-group for the following week.
Those were the five things that I wanted to memorize before going to sleep. They are the five things for leadership by John Maxwell. I guess this blog is the writing part of that 5 things.
Anyway, I just received my preliminary schedule as a tutor at MSIT. So far its 13.5 hours but according to Rob there might still be changes. I still have to sort out my schedule as a student support worker. HOpefully I fill my max of 30hrs a week and for me that would be just epic. There is still this slight chance of me teaching a CISCO class with the Cert 4 students and I am keeping my fingers crossed on that one. I am very inspired to create instructional videos and post them over youtube or vimeo in the event I do get to have a class as a supplement but lets see how everything will pan out.
Have been going through practice questions for CCNP route and if I feel confident by the end of this week I might just move my exam next week so I can have that out of the way and start studying for CCNAX…yes CCNAX. I need to brush up on some basic stuff so when students ask me I have an immediate answer. Amazing times are upon me, its exciting, it has been a while since I handled a class and its just a phenomenal transition from student to tutor and hopefully a teacher within just a span of 6 months.
Once I get into the grove of CCNAX, I will start studying for CCNP switch and troubleshoot. It is funny to think that passing the CCNP route exam would make me the guy that has the highest certification of all the Networking teachers at TAFE. Another reason why i am motivated to study but again let us see how things roll.
I just read my recent post almost two weeks ago and here I am back with some great news (for myself). MSIT, my school just hired me to be one of their disability support worker. What I will basically do is I will assist some students with special needs with their IT subjects. I will be right there with them in class and help them out if needed on stuff they’ll find it hard to understand.
Maybe I was just in the right place at the right time when I got this job. I was just visiting TAFE to talk to my teacher, I think it has something to do with asking him if I can get him as one of my references. I made mention as well that I won’t be enrolling next semester and I am currently job hunting. Mykel, one my the tutors who was there during our conversation asked me how good and/or tolerant I was with people. I replied in a joking manner “I have a 14 year old daughter, would that suffice?”. He introduced me to Cathy, the head of student services and scheduled for an interview 3 days later. Come interview, I got hired as a casual and she said she’s would not mind if along the way I would find a better job and she’d recommend me to Helen the director of the IT department at TAFE.
My interview with Cathy took almost 2 hours, it was just delightful talking to her. I guess it helped a lot that we have the same Christian faith. I immediately rushed to one of the computer labs because I promised Rob (my networking teacher) I would help them out with setting up the classroom. To my surprise Rob said if I was ready for another interview with Helen. Of course, I would not say no to that. I met up with Helen and Rob, I think Helen was kinda impressed with my resume having to working in three countries but she pointed out I needed to have some Australian work experience to be able to teach. She did not ask much, I even felt she just wanted to talk to me just to get it over and done with to stop Rob from pushing my name on the list of candidates.
A few more days has passed, I missed a phone call from Rob asking me if I could send an updated version my resume where I could mention about my programming experience which I did. Yesterday at past 5 pm to my surprised I received the call from Helen letting me know I got a tutoring job:) I could have dual roles of a student support worker and a tutor because doing just one job won’t be enough to pay for our bills.
I am a bit excited, anxious maybe. I am starting to dream how it would be like during my first Australian class. I am pretty sure classes won’t formally start soon. Soonest would be after next week since they still need to sort out the schedules. Things are really looking good. CCNP Route exam is right round the corner, which is another reason I am starting to loose sleep.