Overhearing a Student

When winter starts to make itself known, student numbers go down. As a result, fewer classes are taught, fewer teachers are needed, and teaching assignments can change.  This is as close to a universal truth as I can get.

What that meant for me yesterday was that I found myself teaching a class that had been someone’s “baby” for who knows how long. They had already established a bond and my presence wasn’t going to change that.  In fact, I knew this assignment was only temporary and their teacher would probably be back in a week or two and I would be on to my next assignment.

Despite this, I went in pretty positive. I know how to build rapport quickly and I am a veteran.  Even if it doesn’t go well, I can roll with the punches and move on.  I also know that I would be replacing, even if only temporarily, someone’s favourite teacher.

I started the class, employed some techniques from my bag of tricks, and the class rolled on. Today’s Perfect Moment happened when I overheard one of the other students explain to the other “I like this class.” with all the intonation to indicate that I had impressed her more than the other teacher.

For a teacher, other than getting an apple, or having all the students stand on their desks, it doesn’t get much better than this.

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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7 Responses to Overhearing a Student

  1. Jinjer says:

    What movie is that from where they stand on the desks? I’m not familiar with it.

    Great job, Teach! I was always one of the kids that was horrible to the substitute teachers so you did a great job to get such a compliment!

  2. I also like it when they are shocked class is over. Means I did my job

  3. Claudette says:

    Awesome. Nice to hear the comment, even if it was overheard. 🙂

  4. Margie Swain says:

    Well done Captain

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