Small victories

I’m learning to be pleased with the small improvements I see in my students.  When we first arrived, our students already knew the question “How are you?”  When asked, they would demonstrate their excellent memorization skills and rattle off:  “Finethankyouandyou?”  The shy kids would simply answer “fine”.

After more than 2 months of teaching, about 50% of my students will respond with something other than fine.  Some are good, some are so-so (they love that expression), some are bad.  A few are even terrible or great.  It makes my introduction/greeting slightly less boring.

On a related note, Erin’s efforts are also paying off.  When we started, the students already knew “nice to meet you” (nicetomeetyou).  They said it every time they saw us.  I’ve “met” some of my students hundreds of times.  Erin has gone to great lengths to remedy this, and her students have mastered the more-appropriate “nice to see you” (nicetoseeyou).

I suppose that counts for something, right?


5 Responses to “Small victories”

  1. Mom on November 10th, 2008 11:25 am

    Good job, Mike. Sometimes big progress starts with little steps. Besides, I think it’s pretty normal to have a “so-so” kind of day. I’d have to say that sounds about right for today. Tomorrow will be “great”, though – it’s a holiday!!


  2. Anna on November 11th, 2008 7:05 pm

    When I first learned Spanish, I loved having an “asi-asi” day. Until I learned that that’s not really the right answer. However, I still like saying that I’m “bien, más o menos”. Anyway, way to go with the varied responses!


  3. Hai Nguyen on November 16th, 2008 7:53 am

    Weird, I giggled non-stop when I taught them “so-so” as well. Maybe it sounds like something risque in Korean?


  4. Sasha on November 16th, 2008 9:14 pm

    oh yay!!!!! it’s really only in the small victories that you can measure your progress… it counts for a lot. I miss you! keep it up yo.


  5. Ashley on November 17th, 2008 3:51 pm

    Ditto to what Sasha said. I started typing and realized she had already said it best. Love/Miss you!


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