Tales from the ESL Teacher’s Room.

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Teachers talk about their students. That is a given.  Sometime we complain about them, sometimes we praise them, and sometimes we are completely baffled by them.  This is considered normal venting for a teacher.  It is mostly harmless.  If you can’t understand it, then you’ve never been in front of the classroom.

It is in this spirit of venting that a co-worker spoke of student today. Her words made me chuckle, and I knew instantly that I was going to write about it and declare it Today’s Perfect Moment.

She was explaining that one of her students was baffling her at the moment. This particular student was a doctor in their own country.

She related that she asked the class, “Where is student X? I haven’t seen them in two weeks.”

When no student spoke up, she asked another question. “Do they come to the afternoon class?”  We have a scheduling situation where slightly more or slightly less than half the time, the students start class in the afternoon rather than the morning.

The students piped up this time and remarked that he come to class all the time in the afternoon. One student said, “He just can’t wake up in the morning.”

After relating this, my co-worker let loose her inner voice and said to us, “Seems like an expensive way to get some sleep.”

Considering airfare, tuition, accommodation, lunch, and drinking money, I thought her comment not too far off and chuckled inaudibly to myself.

Even as I type this, I can understand that you may fail to see the Perfect Moment in all of this.  Its perfection is not in the punch line or the delivery.  The Perfect Moment in all of this is just how beautifully that sums things up.  It’s like a writer discovering the perfect sentence or description.  It’s like the songwriter finding what rhymes with orange.  It’s like the chef who puts two things together that everyone says should never be together and voila, they have really found something.


About Anthony

I am: equal parts rebel, romantic and shockingly average Joe. a writer trapped inside of an ESL teacher's body. an introverted attention seeker. a teacher who hopes one day to be called "Captain, my Captain." an intellectual who can do some very dumb things. a person whose Japan experience, despite being so long ago, still exerts a strong influence upon him. a lover of books, music, beer, hockey and Pizza.
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