10 years ago…
I had this wonderful idea(l) that when I gave up my role of academic coordinator and devoted my time and energy to being a full-time teacher, I would have ‘perfect’ classes – I’d be on top of everything, the learners would be engaged all the time, it would be fun, there’d be no classroom management issues…life would be a breeze.
Reality hits hard.
So, why is life different now? What’s changed in my edu-sphere?
10 years ago…(in no particular order!)
I wasn’t a particularly good teacher. I was less aware (read as ‘ignorant’) of the big questions in ELT. I had lower expectations (mainly because I don’t think I really knew what my expectations were). I didn’t blog or read blogs. I didn’t use Twitter or Facebook. I had only just started attending conferences and certainly wasn’t a speaker. I wasn’t a teacher trainer. I only had one job. I worked a solid block of hours and didn’t have to commute. I had less people to compare myself with. I didn’t have the passion for ELT which I have now.
In conclusion, it’s on me to change – to become the teacher I want to be. And I wanted to end with an inspiring quote, but I don’t really go in for soppy, sentimental cr*p, so here’s one I found on Pinterest: