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
I know how to cross the street without the walk signal and where to get good noodles for a hot lunch.
It’s challenging, but I enjoy teaching five days a week and having more than 40 students total every day. I’ve never taught so frequently or to so many students, so this is all new. But I was ready for this. I may have been born for it. The toughest part of my day is now… Continue reading Adjusting to the job
It’s clicking now that I really do live here. There have been a few moments when I’ve wondered aloud what I’m doing, but in honesty I am so glad to be here.