These days I feel like I’m living in a whirlwind. As you may know, I left corporate life at the end of 2011 and decided to become an English teacher. I went through training. I went through long periods of unemployment. Then a short stint at a “training” job that had nothing to do with training. And now, in early October, I am, by golly, an English teacher! And suddenly I’m in big demand and keep getting asked to teach more classes. I started out with 1 class at a travel school and 1 class at a language school. Then they both started asking me to teach more classes. Nice, but crazy and chaotic right now.
Here are some observations about this life change.
First of all, I’m having a hard time getting used to this un-schedule. I spend 2 hours here, 2 hours there, 3 hours somewhere else. I have a worse schedule than I used to have as a split shift waitress (lunch – break – dinner). And I have to find time to prepare for classes. This isn’t like teaching in a high school where you have lesson plans and books all ready for you and you just have to come in an hour early and your day is sorted out. Oh no. Maybe there is a book. Maybe it’s a reasonable book. Maybe it isn’t. Thank GOD for the internet and all the teaching resources I can pull from there. I’d be totally lost otherwise.
And I guess that’s my second issue – I’m very slow at preparing for classes because I’M NEW AT THIS! And of course I want to be good at it. I have good ideas I think. I just have to keep coming up with ideas and finding resources to get those ideas across. Everything takes more time than it would a more experienced teacher.
I really like actually teaching the classes. Once I’m organized and have my lesson plan ready, I really enjoy the teaching. The students are interesting and interested. This is the fun part. This is what I trained to do.
So, I have to get the hang of this life and decide, after one year, if this is the direction I want to continue going.
The photo above was taken at a farm we stayed at last weekend, Huis ter Lucht. They have turned part of the farm into vacation houses. It was the yearly Family Weekend. I think, kids and all, there were 26 of us. We watched the milking, petted cows and chased cats. I went for a long walk Saturday and ended up in a boat. It was good to get away (not very far away, but still) and not think about anything. Here are some more photos from the weekend. I didn’t take my camera with me, so all photos were taken with my iPhone 4S.