Manic Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday….

Earlier this week, as I was doing a vocabulary lesson (no that’s not ALL I do) one of my students said to me: “Why you acting all crazy?” And I had to stop to think about what I had been doing to make him say that. What it was, was that as I was giving example sentences I was veering off the plan and telling stories that were vaguely related to the sentences–you know, stories like I used to blog about: maybe something funny, something ironic, etc. But what struck me about the student thinking my behavior was odd was that that had always been a part of my teaching style and now here was a student I’ve had for three years and he hardly recognized me being me.

What the fuck is that all about?

Well, actually, I guess I know what it’s all about. And, I’m happy that the student pointed that out to me. I’m slowly becoming more engaged with my classes and my students now.  Not that I haven’t had other similar moments in recent years, but they’ve been fewer and farther between for a long time. And not that I was ever completely disengaged or anything, but I’ll have to admit that I’ve been coasting through work on and off for a number of years now.  A large number of years. That shit’s got to end.

So, anyway, as I tell the students a funny story about ‘unrequited’ love and give them hints on how to cheap-out on their partners on gift giving days–you know, handmade cards aren’t just personal, they’re a savings of $3.99! A single rose is far more special than a dozen! ($60 and up savings)–I’m really refinding my stride here at work. Now the trick is going to be to keep the momentum going the right way.

We’ll see what happens next.

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