Being a language teacher…

Being a language teacher is not going to make you rich. Unless you open a youtube channel and become a celebrity. Nonetheless, it is surely a job that will bring you some good moments of joy and lots of frustrations. I have always enjoyed being a teacher and had ups and downs in doing so.

My moments of joy have been many and I can list some:

  • Meeting interesting and amazing people from all different ‘tribes’.
  • Growing knowledge about human intelligence and motivations.
  • Self-development.
  • Preparing fantastic lessons.
  • Making unforgettable friendships.
  • Good bosses
  • Traveling.
  • Going to great parties.
  • Feeling powerful somehow

As for the moments of frustrations, I also can add to the list :

  • Poor results with difficult students.
  • Angry and impatient parents.
  • Challenging and unprepared bosses.
  • Not knowing or remembering something that I should.
  • Being compared to ‘native speakers’ of English.
  • Failing important exams.
  • Failing to prepare a fantastic lesson.
  • Feeling unappreciated.
  • Not going to the best parties because the next day it was teaching day.

What about you? Do you have things to add to the list?

Sue

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