It´s funny because I´m not even a TEFL volunteer, I´m a “Small Enterprise Development” volunteer. Somehow I managed to get caught up in all this teaching stuff and here are some of my various reactions/emotions about it:
– “I´m not a TEFL volunteer, so WHAT AM I DOING?”
– ARgh, I just don´t care. I am tired and teaching 4 hours a night is hard.
– Wow, these students work manual labor (some of them anyways) from 6am-5pm just to come here and learn every night. The least I can do is give them a class that is worthwhile.
– “I love teaching! The thrills of seeing people understand something new is incredible.”
– “I hate teaching! Is it really that hard to understand complex magazine articles about the effects of Rambo First Blood II on young viewers?
– If class on Monday is supposed to ease us back into the week, and class on Friday is just a joke, when am I actually supposed to be teaching these guys?
Most of all, I feel a healthy mix of all of this, which comes out as a challenging job where I am constantly trying to juggle short attention spans and tired brains with interesting words and grammar mixed with useful dialogue. I think I am a nice, helpful teacher, but effective? good? are my students LEARNING? that´s another story…
I have SO MUCH respect for good teachers, HUrrAh! HuRRAH! huRRAH!