Random thoughts, comments, observations and general fluff from a random bint who left London at the end of September 2004 to embark on a new life and new adventures in Tokyo, land of the cute.... and is leaving mid-June 2010 - and counting!

Tuesday, October 09, 2007


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!


Blogger Timorous Beastie said...

Old job sounds much harder to me - I could never switch from babies to biddies in 30 minutes and still muster up something worthwhile.

10:01 pm

Anonymous Shiralee said...

Sounds like big classes - and in rows! Still, you'll be able to experiment with loads of different activities now and you'll find your feet in no time.


11:21 am


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