Well, that's two days now of the new schedule, and the first lessons of three of the courses I'm teaching. I've taken my own mug in, so that's out the way. I'm coping with the early mornings and grinning and bearing the sardine tinnedness of the rush hour trains. Okay, snarling a bit more than grinning, but as long as my iPod doesn't rundown on me, I'm sure I'll cope.
I feel like a new teacher in many aspects. Let's compare:
Old job - class size - 1 to 6 students
New job - 13 in my smallest class, 20 in my largest
Old job - duration of class - 30 to 60 minutes
New job - 90 minutes
Old job - hours - generally from 12pm to 9pm
New job - from 8.30ish to 4.30ish. Different times on different days.
Old job - ages - from toddler to pensioner
New job - 18-20 year olds.
Old job - sitting around a square table or on the floor
New job - sitting on a stool at the front of the class looking at rows of students
Old job - clothes - pretty much whatever
New job - I have to iron shirts!
Old job - I tended to know exactly what I was doing. And was a good improviser when I didn't
New job - I'm still treading water and trying to figure out which direction the shore is in!