failing at teaching

I would like to personally apologize to all of my teachers I’ve ever had before. I know for a fact I was not the ideal student. I know for a fact I wasn’t paying attention all the time even though you probably worked for hours on one lesson. UGH. I’m on the other side now, and it’s not fun.

I’m not here to say I am the worst teacher ever, but sometimes (and only sometimes) I feel like it by the way my students act. The spring semester is coming to an end very quickly, and I feel like my students have given up already. I understand. I was literally in their same shoes just last year. School is tough; I get it.

I’m not mad, but it does upset me when I’m spending my free time preparing lessons and activities they would enjoy rather than teaching from an outdated textbook. If we’re being real honest, my class is a breeze. Everything I plan for my students is for a reason. I don’t believe in busy work.

If my students can learn more from creating lyrics to a song than doing an exercise in a textbook then why not? I’m not here to make their academic lives miserable. I want them to enjoy learning English and enjoy coming to class.

I think I am trying my best, and that’s all I ask of my students. We just have to all hang on a little bit longer.

Abigail Cooper