Good Students make things Better


In my current teaching situation, the students change more often than the teacher does. I have students who stay for a week, a couple of weeks, or maybe some that are around for months on end.  There isn’t one definitive model.

I don’t mind that so much. It can be sad when “good” students head back to their country, but it can also be good when “special” (you might know them as “difficult” or “challenging” ) students go back to their country, or when they leave school.  If I were in charge, I might rotate the teachers more often, but that doesn’t seem to be the current line of thinking.  I think I have been teaching this class for 4 or 5 months.  I think it is time for a change.

Why and I talking about this?

Today was my last day with my current crop of students. Starting tomorrow, I will take on a Cambridge Exam preparation course comprised of two rather disparate levels.  It isn’t going to be easy, but I hope I will prevail.

Nevertheless, the students gave me quite the send off. It still isn’t Captain my Captain, but it was pretty close. I didn’t get all emotional….on the outside.  Obviously, this is 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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4 Responses to Good Students make things Better

  1. Margie Swain says:

    Very nice brother. Way to go!

  2. capejohn says:

    They maybe too young for the Captain send off. Maybe you should show the movie or a clip of that scene during one class. With popcorn of course.

  3. Hunida says:

    You will do great teaching your nee course 🙂

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