Tuesday, February 07, 2012

A new semester

I started teaching again today. I'm teaching two more sections of the same class I taught last semester. One of the things I love about teaching is that every once in a while - every year, or semester, or session - you get a fresh, new crop of students. You get to put away all the damage and history and drama of the previous classes and start all over again. Of course, you also have to start from scratch establishing respect, rapport, and understanding, too, so it's not always an entirely welcome changeover.

Today I had a few students from last year come into my office to say hello. It was so nice to know that they were glad to see me. Then again, those students who wouldn't be glad to see me aren't about to seek me out in my office...

This morning's new beginning went well. I met about half my students (the registration process is still ongoing) and I have the usual kids from KSA and the UAE, with a Nigerian, Cameroon/Gabonian, and Chechen thrown in for good measure. I can't wait to see what adventures I'll have this semester! I hope I'll even be able to blog about some of them.

3 comments:

Kathy Haynie said...

I get this completely - I teach 12-week trimesters at a high school. What a wonderful adventure to interact with new students! Have a great term!

Liz Johnson said...

KSA... Kingdom of Saudi Arabia? Kuwait Student Association? Killers and Sadists Anonymous?

Bridget said...

Ha ha - Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. :)

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