When I originally agreed to be apart of this article I was just helping out a friend and chalking it up to a new experience. Then the article came out and I felt just a bit foolish and like most women could only see flaws. Finally, when I returned to school in the fall I found out that many of my students had tweeted, instagramed and Facebooked this article. I was baffled and asked one of my students why, she explained that obviously I don’t look or dress like the rest of the teachers and it was beyond cool to see me showing that off. Sometimes it slips my mind that my students watch what I do more than they listen to what I say and in the end it was a great reminder of what my job is really all about.
While back to school shopping…
Grandmother of Student: So you teach English, I hope you’re hard on them.
Me: Yes ma’am I am. Have a nice day.
Grandmother of Student: You too, probably your last for awhile.
We’re both thinking:
1.) It helps to understand the native language of the person you are teaching.
2.) You better be able to laugh, out loud and many times a day.
3.) Charades will save your life, everything can be acted out with a little creativity.
4.) Learning a new language from someone much younger than you is a very raw experience, but watching someone 50 years your senior learn a new language is a very humbling and inspiring experience.
5.) Games involving a winning team and a losing team are always a great way to loosen the tension no matter the age.
6.) Thank God everyday for your translator, they make everyone just a little more comfortable, open up classroom and are able to do everything in two different languages without getting tired.
7.) If you’ve never received honey as a teaching gift instead of an apple, man are you missing out.
Dear tumblr friends I’m off to Germany to teach ESL and have a huge favor to ask:
Could you please suggest music for my classroom playlist. Certain times during the period I play music for my adopt children and my list definitely needs spicing up.
So please suggest any and all of your favorite tunes?
Love this example.