I love to teach! I haven’t taught a class in almost two years and I just realized how much I’ve missed it. Well, correction, I do trainings weekly for work. That’s teaching too, and I enjoy it. But these classes are something extra special.
Tonight I started an ESL Reading and Writing course at a local university. I can’t tell you the thrill I get from the first day of class. I love the look on my students’ faces when I address each of them by name as the leave on the first day. It’s my way of connecting with them. I don’t care what they learn in the first class, but I must learn their names.
I hope they learn English, since that’s what they’re paying for, but I always anticipate what I’ll learn from them. This semester my students are from Chad, Slovenia, El Salvador, Brazil, Haiti, and Central African Republic. I’m so excited to get to know them and to learn about their countries and cultures. I’ve gotten the most amazing education from my students. If a classroom resembling the UN is not the consummate marketplace of ideas, I don’t know what is. Oral debates are the best. I can’t wait. Too bad the class only lasts 6 weeks.