What I get for helping a student

Today’s Perfect Moment comes courtesy of a student of mine and her request for some help after class.

When my morning class was finished, one of my students asked me to take a look at her writing. I would normally prefer that they hand it in on paper and give me time to look at it.  I am generally quite busy and don’t always have time.  Some students like to send things by email, but I find correcting things on screen difficult.  If I use a tablet, I miss the function of a mouse.  If I use my computer, students don’t use the same word-processing program and don’t get the Word notes.

In this case, I knew that this student was leaving at the end of the week and getting this done on a Wednesday rather than a Friday was certainly a good idea. I also suspected that this was a note to her home-stay family and I wanted to help her with that.  She had spoken quite glowingly about them and I am pretty sure they would love to hear some positive feedback.

So, I spent about ten or fifteen minutes with the student reading her letter. She is more high tech than I and seemed to have little trouble with her tablet.  Her level is only pre-intermediate, so I knew to expect some rough patches.  Overall, it wasn’t bad.  The best part was her reaction to studying and staying in Canada.  She had lots of positive things to say and she wrote quite lovingly about her whole experience.  You can’t beat that feeling.

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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4 Responses to What I get for helping a student

  1. Positive feedback from all sides is always wonderful. I do use my tablet for editing – far too many pages at times. If formatting is off on my end I make a note for the other end (these days only my daughter’s) to check it.

  2. Margie Swain says:

    Seems like a perfect moment

  3. blossomkitty says:

    I have an exchange student from Japan at the moment. She’s been here for 7 weeks. We are loving the experience and I really hope she is loving her time in Australia 😊

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