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.