“You’re Brilliant,” she said.


I teach adults…kind of. What that means is that I teach people who are either independent, or whose parents felt comfortable enough to send them to a different continent to study English.  I have no complaints about this.

Sometimes I have difficult classes and some times I have good classes. It usually depends on the student dynamic.  A bad class can turn around with the addition or subtraction of a student.  The same thing goes for a good class.  This could be a teacher student thing, or it could be a student to student thing.

Currently, I am really enjoying my classes. I’ve got some great students who really work well together.  Today’s classes focused on discussion literature.  This involved reviewing grammar tenses so that the students could better describe what happened in a book and it also involved providing them with the vocabulary to describe books both in detail and in general.  This included phrases like “page-turner” or “gripping” or “tedious” (you’ve got to teach the positive and the negative).

One of these words was “brilliant”. I love this word.  It’s visual image is so clear in my mind.  I also love the way it sounds.  It rolls off my tongue like chocolate.  Even my students who have difficulty distinguishing between r and l have no problem with this word.

Shortly after bringing up this word, one of my students complimented me by calling me brilliant. The fact that she was also an English teacher, and appreciated learning as well as my teaching style made it all the better.

Now, she might have just been buttering me up. I don’t know her well, but she doesn’t shy from the truth.  She doesn’t have much of a filter either, so I tend to believe her.  I have heard her negative comments, so I can’t imagine she is making it up.  Regardless, the fact is that it made me feel really good.  I am pretty sure that it qualifies as Today’s Perfect Moment.

I should point out that I am a big believer in compliments. That is not to say that I think they should be handed out when they are not warranted. I wouldn’t lie and say I liked something when I didn’t.  That isn’t right.  However, when I do see something I like, I will dispense the compliments, even if it means going out of my way.  If you mean it, there is nothing better than spreading joy to other people’s lives.



About Anthony

I am: equal parts rebel, romantic and shockingly average Joe. a writer trapped inside of an ESL teacher's body. an introverted attention seeker. a teacher who hopes one day to be called "Captain, my Captain." an intellectual who can do some very dumb things. a person whose Japan experience, despite being so long ago, still exerts a strong influence upon him. a lover of books, music, beer, hockey and Pizza.
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One Response to “You’re Brilliant,” she said.

  1. ashitbansal says:

    Hi. very nice stuff really enjoyed reading it. Thank you for sharing.

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