Today was a superb, great and wonderful day (please feel free to add any other adjectives you can think of). I’ve been nervous and jumpy for a couple of days, but now I know I shouldn’t have bothered. The class was SWELL. Everyone seemed interested, they discussed among themselves like I asked them to, they participated in the general discussion, and all the key points I had expected would come up did come up. I think I made a great choice of materials, above all.
The best part was when my classmates, who are studying to become literature teachers just like me, said they enjoyed the class and that the topic I chose was a very good one. We discussed the different definitions of literature that circulated in the last century based on a few short texts belonging to different genres and a handful of definitions from theorists. The hardest part was getting all the material together, the class flowed by itself. And people from History and Philosophy (it’s a class for future college teachers shared by all three careers) enjoyed it just as well, so I couldn’t be happier.
This was my trial by fire. If I enjoyed this, teaching was my calling in life. And boy did I enjoy it. I’m bursting with energy and I want to teach, teach, teach every day. In a little while I’ll start my residency in a secondary school, at first observing the classes and then teaching some myself. I’ve been told the school my teachers chose for me (they choose where we do our residencies according to where we live, bus lines, and so) is a very good one, so that’s another reason to be happy about.
These are some random shots from last week and this week. I felt they worked well together, and they’re just as colorful as I feel today. Enjoy!
And here is the wild beast, aka Robin. I’ve been trying to get a good shot of him for weeks, but he refuses to stay still for longer than a few seconds, and my camera has issues with moving subjects. But he’s taken to following me around when I shoot close to our home, so I could finally snap this one. He’s a miniature panther, but he’s so sweet, chasing his mommy around all the time :).