This past weekend was the first ever Writing Center Association of China (WCAC) conference, which was held at my university. The conference was relatively small, but it was one of the most encouraging and positive academic experiences of my life. Before I share my thoughts on the conference (and my presentation!), I want to share… Continue reading Girl on fire
Teaching is done. I was never so happy to have a last day of class as I was last Friday. It felt wrong in some strange way, but I know it’s good for me that I can say goodbye to both of my subpar classes from this semester. The semester is nearly over. I administer… Continue reading Hitting “reset”
I survived the empty classroom. I didn’t cry like I thought I might, which is a big step up from earlier this semester.
Today was punctuated by coughing fits and unplanned napping. It was a sick day to beat all sick days because I needed it so desperately. I’m glad I went to the doctor yesterday. I’m glad I got the antibiotics I needed. But most of all I’m glad I gave myself permission to call off. The policy… Continue reading Reframing the sick day
I cried in the hallway at work Friday afternoon. I hadn’t meant to. I was walking to get some lunch after teaching two particularly straining classes. I teach from 9-1, pretty much straight through, on Fridays. It’s exhausting. That morning I had made it to work early. I had a cup of coffee and walked to… Continue reading The eight ball is bigger than I thought
My students this semester have low-level English skills, and it’s my job to teach them the same material that everyone else is teaching to higher level students. It’s challenging: I have little experience with truly low-level students, and the material I’m teaching is better suited to the higher-level students, but I’m responsible for getting them to meet the same standards as the higher-level students.
I am behind a metaphorical eight ball.
It’s after 9 on a Friday night and I just got back from tutoring. Yes, really. I love teaching–all of it, really, and I’m living here for my job at the university–but tutoring takes me back to the one-on-one, which is where I fell in love with teaching ESL, and with completely different types of students.… Continue reading My three tutees