So, I love this point of teaching when as a teacher you are faced with all the words you repeat too often. And the only way I ever notice this is when my basic students start using the funniest words and I think, “where did they pick that up?!” So I find them praising eachother with “perfect!” instead of “good” or the occasional “exactly” instead of “yes.” And come to think of it, yes, that is how I encourage their correct homework answers. Guilty. I even had one basic student end our conversation with “peace!” the other day. Oops.
Otherwise work is going well. It’s a struggle keeping a balance between my translation and classes, and accomplishing enough in both areas. But I’m making it 🙂 The biggest side effect is that when I get home everyday, my voice is gone. And for those of you who know how much I talk normally, that takes a LOT of work. But it’s worth it (with most of them). I have one student whose desk is literally covered with sticky notes of English words to study. It does a teacher’s heart good. We’re planning our social conversation activities for this weekend and the following week. It’ll be interesting to see how this goes. I’ll take pictures 🙂