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Teaching fills in the missing piece

The very first day of a new class is extremely thrilling. You’ll never know what’s going to happen for the rest of 14 weeks until you actually step into a classroom with anxiety and uncertainty deep down. If a teacher is able to sense some kind of “chemistry” with students, that’ll be ideal. If a teacher smells out something awkward in the classroom, it won’t be easy to change the climate thereof. My Day 1 of a new semester started with an early morning aftershock, which wouldn’t let me go back to sleep. Then I got out of the bed, started doing this and that, such as recent daily routine of Morning Speech Practice, recently resumed Tracy Anderson Workout, very addictive Tweeting and et cetera et cetera et cetera, and eventually, left home rather later than scheduled.

I rushed to campus while yelling at a taxi driver (at heart, of course!) who has no sense of directions and thus successfully obtained much more fare than he should have, and dashed to the classroom perspiring to find more than thirty college students seated waiting for my lecture to start. That was an extremely hectic morning, but it always is on the first day of class due to every possible cause. What else is new? I tried making as big a smile as possible and uttered “Let’s get started. Good morning!” I got many laughs from the students and felt my anxiety and uncertainty peacefully vanishing.

After launching three classes of about 100 students without major problems thanks to students, I realized the fact that teaching fills in the missing piece of mine. During a spring break which turned out rather different than I expected due to the earthquake, I was unconsciously struggling with a kind of apathy. That's not because I had lost my passion to be engaged in teaching, but because I had been “too” away from teaching and some pieces that consist myself were fallen apart, so to speak. Now they’re BACK. It’s so weird, but natural in a sense that I tend to be rather refreshed after teaching some classes when I’m weary, exhausted and stressed out. It is highly possible that I’m sucking out energy and stamina of students...... JKD!!!

Reminder: For those who visit here and leave a comment in English for the sake of “extra credit”, please enjoy expressing your thoughts online. It’s unbelievably FUN. Do not worry too much about making errors (you’ll still need to proofread your own comment). It definitely is part of learning process which any English language learner has to go through. It’s strongly recommended that you read my English blog posts and send a comment in English, but as your baby step from your thoughtful motherly teacher, you’re also invited to comment on blog posts in Japanese as long as your message is written in English. I really look forward to your periodical visit. Enjoy!


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