I might not have liked many of my teachers growing up. I might not have wanted to become a teacher. In fact, I might have expended a lot of energy trying to avoid it entirely. The truth is, I am a teacher. It is probably part of some cosmic karma like revenge, but I choose not to dwell on it too much. Instead, I would like to share a little list with you. I call it The things that make a teacher smile–and in this case, though it might apply to other teachers, it is firmly set in the ESL world:
- students with their homework done and needed very little in the way of correction
- students correctly using something you have taught them recently
- students finally using something correctly that they had been noticeably struggling with
- students using idioms, phrasal verbs, or slang correctly.
- students with gifts of chocolate for the teacher
The last one might seem a bit strange, but today, a student gave me some chocolate from Japan. While it wasn’t a green tea kitkat, and it wasn’t my favourite, it was still pretty good and I enjoyed it at the break time. Should I have considered it a bribe? I suppose that is a fair question. Should I consider this Today’s Perfect Moment? Absolutely.