New student

As it seems to happen every year in October and November, here at my school in Philly, I received a new student today. He’s a 10th grader who has been in the US for 15 days from Dominican Republic. I always feel terrible for these kids who have to catch up on so much language and curriculum. Secretly, for me though, I love it. I love the challenge of teaching these students. I love watching them on their first day be silent and knowing that in a year’s time, they will be coming to me and asking me all kinds of questions. I love knowing I have such an important job. Sometimes I wish I weren’t teaching anymore and want to do the admin stuff more, but on days like today, when I have a newcomer who so desperately needs me, I love teaching!

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  1. I know what you mean. When I was teaching in Korea, my classes with the kids who had nothing but the ABCs under theirs belts were the most fulfilling. It was easiest to measure how successful I was with them, because I knew that whatever grammar they came to know was what they were learning in my class. It was those kids who’d been sitting in ESL classes for 5 years already and still knew nothing who gave me my gray hairs!

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