First of all, I want to say thanks – thanks for buying my St. Patrick’s Day PowerPoint. I hope that holiday worked out alright for you, and I wanted to let you know that Easter is coming up.
Yep, Easter is on Sunday, April 5 this year. You’ve still got more than two weeks, but I just wanted to let you know that I have an ESL Easter PowerPoint lesson and game that’s $0.99. Read more about it in this ESL Easter post from last year.
Now, back to teaching…how’s it going? Are you doing alright?
It’s halfway through March now, so you’re almost done with your one-year teaching contract, if this is indeed your first year. If you’re in the public schools you’ll probably go until June or July, but if you’re in the training center it never ends.
All the CTLC teachers in China are done with Spring Festival and there’s only June 15 to look forward to – contract ending date.
Or are you not burned out yet? Teaching a class of 50 students will burn you out pretty quick, and a lot of people do not finish a contract. A lot do. Hell, I did it twice.
So you can get through the rough patches of teaching ESL. Try not to yell at the kids – though it’s not always possible – and try not to drink too much. I drank a lot of beer when I was an ESL teacher, mainly because I felt my job was so useless and futile much of the time.
It really depends on your setting. If you’re teaching a few kids, things are easier. If you have tons, watch out.
Those are some thoughts I was having today as I thought of your plight, that of an overseas teacher. It’s hard, but it’s doable. Hey, you’re doing it! So keep on keepin’ on, and thanks for reading!