No Apple……but close enough


I didn’t even flinch when my boss asked if I could cover someone’s class today. Sometimes, I hem and haw, and really consider if more teaching is what I want to do.  Obviously I want more money so I can take the Exodus Cycling Trip to Chile this winter, but it isn’t always worth running myself down.

Nevertheless (a phrase that came up in today’s class) I took the class and absently wondered if I was going to go well.   They were wan advanced class and sometimes this glorious title confers upon them an arrogance which is not always deserved.

Well, I did take the class, and it went well. It appears that they are not fond of their current teachers–I nipped this discussion in the bud because I did not want to be a conduit for their negativity, and it smacked of gossip.

They were very happy that I corrected their mistakes–well, actually pointed out their mistakes and required them to fix them. Taken aback by their response, I inquired a bit.  They said none of the teachers at the school do that.  I know this is not true.  I also know that fluency and accuracy don’t always correspond and some people weigh things differently.

Basically what I got from all of this was that they appreciated my class. Sounds like Today’s Perfect Moment.

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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5 Responses to No Apple……but close enough

  1. It is so awkward to be caught when people talk about your colleague.

  2. Listen to others complaining about a colleague cannot be fun.

  3. Hunida says:

    Maybe it is true what they say! Again, you prove to be an outstanding teacher!

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