“Wow! I asked every teacher I had to explain that to me and now I understand. Thank you.”
In case you’re not sure what you’ve just read, let me explain. That is the sound of an ESL teacher hitting a home run. That is the sound of vindication. You can probably hear the theme from Rocky playing in the background.
After many years of teaching, I have learned that one explanation is not suitable for every student at every stage of their learning. Their other teachers’ explanations were all probably pretty good, but just didn’t make an impression on this particular student. On an entirely different student, or at a different time, those explanations might have been home runs. As well, on a different student, or at a different time, my explanation might have been a complete dud.
However, today it was a great answer. Today it garnered a compliment and a satisfied student. Today, it was the Perfect Moment.