Today is my last day of teaching English in China. It’s been a long month with lots of ups and downs and I think it’s time to look back on the experience as a whole.
Throughout the month, I’ve learned a lot about working with people. And let me tell you, working with people – whether it was with teachers, students, or parents – is not easy. I’ve had to deal with teachers who didn’t like my teaching style and even one who canceled my class to better fit her own schedule. That was when I learned to fight back and voice what I wanted, with partial success. I had to make sure the parents were satisfied and that their children were happy.
And the students. I had classes with students who were forced to learn English by their parents and who did not want to be there. I had two students fall asleep on me (I promptly embarrassed them by calling on them to answer a question). Other students were constantly jumping out of their seats and could not quiet down. Others would not speak up. I got all of these types of students and more.
Above it all, I had to make sure that the students were learning something from me. I had to keep them engaged and responsive.
And all while the students were learning English, I was learning how to teach English. It was a shared learning experience – a shared journey.