Thursday, March 5, 2009


I'm so happy right now that I need to gush!

So I just finished my second-to-last teaching class of the TEFL certification course. It was an advanced class, and my topic today was Obama. I brought in an abridged version of his inaugural address and we got into a big discussion about everything-- education, healthcare, immigration... you name it, we covered it. It was a lot of fun.

Anyway, as the class came to a close, one of the students, Edit, said, "Erica, you are our favorite teacher. You are so helpful, we always learn so much, and you are so much fun!" Then another student, Stephanie, chimed in, "Yes, you are the best! We love your class the most of all."

As if that wasn't enough-- because I was SO flattered of course, and was smiling ear to ear-- Stephanie and Edit both came to me after class and requested that I teach them privately! Which means... drum roll please.. I have my first 2 students!!! And 2 students that I adore, no less. (I know you're not supposed to have favorites, but I secretly do.)

Anyway, I'm happy and thought you might want to go!



atown said...

Yay, that's awesome Erica.

Have fun at the beach. PLEASE wear sunblock my dear, you'll drive me crazy with worry.

[dave] said...

that's pretty cool, dude.

i just got back the evals from a training i did .... most had at least lukewarm praise, but one said "boring subject matter, made dreadful by the presenter."


heather said...

hooray to stephanie and edit for praising you and hiring you! yaaaay, sweetums! now go enjoy the beach (with sunblock, yes, definitely!. you're smashingly wonderful! xoxo

Hi, I'm Erica. said...


And [dave], oh man.... :-(

In other news, I just found out that although I'm one of the most highly regarded teachers in the class (by the students), I was given the lowest possible grade in the class, clumped together with fellow students who consistently show up unprepared, turn in low quality lessons, and don't care nearly as much (and a few others that also deserve better).

I'm livid, and just sent off an email to the teacher saying so. It won't get me anywhere, but he's an asshat, and needs to know.

David Levin said...

seriously? After all that? What a douche. Congrats on being done, though!

BTW - I know I owe you a big long message on facebook... I have been so crazy busy over the last 10 days it's blowing my mind. I'll explain when I write, but it involved the woman in charge at work blowing her lid at my department for reasons that are completely beyond me...

anyway. Talk soon, I promise. I got skype working!


Marco said...

Hey, we wouldn't have teacher's pets if they didn't exist. That's awesome though :>