Month: December 2013

What’s a good day?

It’s the little things, right? But these are ‘little things’ in comparison to what? When I was in Paris a good day was any day the sun peeked out from behind the clouds and temperatures rose over, oh, zero. A good meal was plain couscous and beer and a good travel story consisted of not being smothered to death on the metro or being harrassed by a Red Cross volunteer.

I find that, in teaching, it’s the minuscule things that can make or break a day. Remember, instructors feed off of energy that comes from the other side of the desk. You think the class sucks? Well, your teacher probably thinks you suck, too.
It’s kind of like when you’re pumped for a night out and someone cancels. And then you can’t decide on where to go. And then next thing you know, you’ve spent the whole night hopping from place to place, not “feeling” anything. Everything slowly but surely went downhill with a single “I can’t make it, sorryyyy!”.
In a classroom, I would say it’s just the same. So, what’s a good day in my parallel universe where I dress professionally?
A good day is when there are people, other than me, in the classroom at the time class starts.
A good day is when technology cooperates and works well (Wi-Fi included, which I know is a stretch).
A good day is when you don’t get any sass.
A good day is when you’re not challenged by a “so?” or a “why do we have to learn this?”/”What is the point of this?” (because you’re paying for the damn class, that’s why).

“Um. That’s not how I do it.”

A good day is when you turn around from writing something on the board, only to see most (dare I even say all?) people diligently working.
A good day is when a student says “thank you” on their way out from class. Even if off-handed. Teaching is a one-man show and though we don’t expect acknowledgement for anything, getting it feels like winning the lottery.

“Bye, Miss. Thank you”

A good day is when you ask someone to come up with a sentence and it’s delivered correctly.
A good day is when, as an educator, you can transmit your enthusiasm and your passion for your field.
A good day is when you see someone has learned something new, even if it’s something “trivial”.
A good day is when students are willing and eager to participate.
A good day is when you realize that your class has gelled into perfection and they’ve become a team.

But above all, I realized the best of days are when you walk out of your classroom with a smile.

Nene approves. That is all.

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