- When you are in front of a group of kids, you need to be on 100%. I don't like half-assing it because it would be doing the kids a disservice. And, if you ever met these kids, you would understand why I don't want to let them down....they are adorable, earnest and, in general, striving to master English to the best of their ability. I feel like I should reciprocate!
- I teach 10 classes per week. Every class is on a different level so I have different teaching objectives to achieve. Also, given the wide age range (anywhere from 5-14) I need to consider how to best teach to different ages. This is harder than you might think.
- Classes are 2 hours. So, 20 hours of teaching, piece of cake you might say. However, I spend a LOT of time working on my lesson plans. I can plan a class in about an hour if I really run through it, 2 hours if I take my time and mentally rehearse everything. This adds quite a bit of time to the work week.
- In addition, re-learning English grammar has been challenging but fun. I don't think I ever learned about the various verb tenses etc. so it has been interesting teaching myself English's wacky rules.
Wake up around 8
Goof off/eat breakfast/drink coffee until 10
Plan one lesson 10-12
Eat lunch/take a break12-1
1-3 Plan lesson 2
Shower, walk to work, arrive around 3:45
3:45-4:45 Grade homework, odds and ends
4:50-6:40, Teach Lesson 1
6:40-7 relax, run over Lesson plan 2
7-8:50 Teach lesson 2
9-9:30 Grade homework
Walk home, get home around 10
Goof off until midnight
Head to bed
Wake up and do it all over again!
Like I said, once I get better at lesson planning I think I can get it down to around 1 hour total which will open up a huge block of time in the morning. I am looking into a gym membership to help fill some of that time!
What else, what else. I am finally getting set up in my bedroom. Bed will be here tomorrow or Tuesday, air conditioning unit is in. Oh! And I am doing some cooking! I am finally settled enough to do stuff like that and it feels great! Adios!
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