November 20 was Teacher's Day here in Vietnam. Here is the message from a card I received:
"Today is teacher's day. So that's your day. I wish you a great day!
Teacher is the person who raises our dreams. Thank you very much for being a teacher.
I wish you have a lot of good students. And then every year when this day comes they will be back to visit you, say thank you and tell them how much you help them and have meaning in their life."
Sweet message, there, sigmoid!
I do get appreciative comments from former students from time to time! Gives me a bit of hope that I'm doing something or another right in life!
"Teachers, we are having some technical problems with our PA system. If you are having any difficulty hearing this announcement, please send a student to the main office to let us know."
Heard in a U.S. Public School
Sigmoid, can u recommend a good site for expat teachers(regular or esl) in Viet Nam. I'd like to find out more....Thanks.
Riddle me this brother can you handle it
Your style to my style you can't hold a candle to it
Equinox symmetry and the balance is right
Smokin' and drinkin' on a Tuesday night
It's not how you play the game it's how you win it
I cheat and steal and sin and I'm a cynic
Well, my point wasn't so much about Vietnam but rather how our students in any country view us and the job we do. Teaching language is just the start. Instilling confidence, being a useful resource and encouraging students to develop further is what is really important.
Anyway, KK is correct about the website.
At Valentine's and other occasions (like when I was leaving) the students gave me lots of neat little gifts (some quite nice; they're rich). I don't know if they did it because they enjoyed my classes, or the culture demands that they do it.
"The times I've been mistaken, it's impossible to say" - by the Moody Blues
A letter from a student of mine for Teacher's Day:
You learn me velly good. I want you have happy Teacha Day." Here is gift for you. You learn me 2 year and I speak good. I happy you here and learn want more you from you.
Hope you are have good teacha day."
Nguyen Le Thanh Ngoc
This is....the true meaning....a being....a teacher. :smile: