Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Barely staying ahead

My entire life feels like a treadmill of grading and prepping.  I'm only teaching two classes, and I'm looking at the folks teaching four and wondering, HOW!  Maybe it's because I'm new and all my classes are new and I'm determined not to just go straight through the text book.  Maybe it's because my expectations for myself are just as high as my expectations for my students.  I don't know, but I'm sure glad I don't have four classes.  I'm getting closer to finding my rhythm, but I'm just not there yet.

I gotta get it together.  I wanna have a life.

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Red moon week

Honestly, it seems like all the weird things happen to me.  I suspect I have some kind of weird magnet in my brain.  

Scene:  Class with 19 international students.  Attempting to explain negative past tense.

Looking up from the projector base, I see a student's head surrounded in smoke.  My first thought was, Good heavens!  He's on fire!!  My second thought was what I expressed.  In a hissed screech.

Me:  Are you smoking?!?

Student nods his head.  Class bursts into laughter.

Me:  You can't do that in here!!  What are you thinking!

More laughter. 

Seriously, who does that? I'm blaming the red moon.

Friday, September 25, 2015

One of those rare bad days

Not my best day, but, as usual, international students to the rescue!  I spent the afternoon helping my first student (he was my guinea pig) with chemistry.  Ahhhh, to relive the days of teaching high school.  It was pretty fun, actually!  

I'm hoping for a much better weekend.

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Always fooling around

I have assigned a major presentation to my beginning speaking and listening class.  They have to present something they are good at to the class.  I prefer a live performance, but sometimes that's just not doable.  One of my students is a fabulous roller blader, but he doesn't have a pair here.  We discovered back in February that because he's good on blades, he's also good on ice skates.  In an effort to help him, Mike and I organized an ice-skating trip for some of the current and former ESL students.

It was so much more fun for me this time than the last time.  I actually stayed up longer.  I fell only once when I was trying to help one of my students.  I'm going to hurt tomorrow.

Friday, September 18, 2015

I love my job.

Tomorrow Mike and I are taking a small group of ESL students ice skating.  One of my students needs a ride, so we were arranging a pickup.  

White = her
Green = me

 Some people say that the novelty will wear off and that, in time, it will just be a job; but I don't think so.  I love every second I spend with these amazing people.