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Sweet Strict Teacher Blues

Supposedly, it's safe to regard and claim myself as a strict teacher. Please do not get me wrong. I'm not scary. I'm not intimidating. I'm not patronizing. I'm simply "strict". Recently, empirical data to prove this connotation-rich presumption has been obtained from my students, which was nothing new to some extent, but was something that made me feel emotional and impressed me to the degree that I was about to shed tears in front of the students. (It’s me crying in classroom? No way!) On the first day of a new semester, it turned out that about half of the students in each of my two classes were the ones who took my classes before. They took my TOEIC class, TOEIC Speaking Test class, and Basic Conversation class last year. Then an idea suddenly occurred to me; yes, this is Day 1. I need to let my new students know who I am in a brief, yet impressive manner. Okay, I'll ask some of my previous students about myself and have them describe who I am as a teacher. Not really sure what they’re going to say, but it will do good for other students who don't know me. After a quick, but thorough consideration, I picked up three students and pose this question. “What was I like as a teacher? You can tell the truth.”

Hereby I'm very much honored to announce that I got straight "Strict", meaning every single student started his/her comment by the phrase, "She's strict…" Well, well, well. I AM strict. But is that it? What's coming up next? "Well, she's strict, but she never scolds us without reason. Those who get words from her did something obviously undesirable or wrong, and we understand that." "Yes, she is strict, but I know that comes from her love for us." "Thanks to her, my score on TOEIC has dramatically increased. I'm happy to take her class again." It was so rewarding a moment. They never voice their opinions unless asked to do so, but they understand me as a teacher deep down. Upon hearing those comments, I was about to choke with tears. Am I getting old or what? Yes, I am. I am old enough to find no reason to hold back my true emotions evoked by my dear students, with which I have no problem these days. Interesting, isn't it?

I'm not an ideal teacher. I'm not a charismatic teacher. I just hate a half-assed job in English language learning. Life is short. English language learning life is even shorter. It's just my teeny-tiny wish that students be able to regulate themselves and learn to devote themselves to English language learning. Honestly and seriously, I want my students not to waste their time procrastinating what they should do. It's a tiny, little wish from the one who knows the consequences that such passion, devotion, and enthusiasm would take you somewhere extraordinary, and is willing to share the experiences with those who have limitless, infinite potentials.

What do my students say to these lyrics? I'm very curious!

Sweet strict you
You make me learned with the things you do
Oh, can it be so
This feeling follows me whenever I learn

I never did believe in miracles
But I’ve a feeling it’s time to try
I never did believe in the ways of magic
But I’m beginning to wonder why

I never did believe in miracles
But I’ve a feeling it’s time to try
I never did believe in the ways of magic
But I’m beginning to wonder why

Don’t, don’t break the spell
It would be different and you know it will
You, you make learning fun
And I don’t have to tell you that you’re the only one

Oooh… You make learning fun (It’s all I wanna do)
Oooh… You make learning fun (It’s all I wanna do)
Oooh… You make learning fun (It’s all I wanna do)


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