Jake Young is an inspirational teacherpreneur who had to learn many technical skills to launch his website Fluentize. His advice? Stop thinking and start doing. There's not a person in the world who built something from thinking - they built it from doing. Business is the result of action and every action you take is worth taking.
I'm from Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA but I've been living and teaching ESL for 7 and a half years in Prague, Czech Republic. I received my TEFL certification from TLH in Prague in 2010. I started off teaching a variety of different lessons for language schools in Prague. I then shifted to develop my own private practice for one-on-one / small group lessons for both teenagers and adults. Now I mostly teach private lessons for students at small and big companies in Prague.
Tom Czaban has learned many skills as a teacherpreneur including how to self-publish his own books. Find out why Tom thinks that trying to make everything perfect is a perfect way to never finish anything and how the habit of intellectualizing everything can bring a project to a standstill.
Thanks for agreeing to be interviewed, Tom. Can you start off by telling us where you teach?
I teach at the University of South Bohemia in the Czech Republic.
How long have you been teaching?
I’ve been teaching for around five years now.
Can you describe a typical teaching day?
It’s difficult to say because teaching at the university is just one of my jobs; I’m also an editor for a university journal, and I have a number of language school students too. I try to plan all my classes for the week on Mondays (in between classes), which makes the rest of the week pretty straightforward. I usually teach three or four classes a day and do any other tasks I might have...