Tuesday, September 30, 2014

#WeekChallenge: Journal writing day 2

Health / psychology:
Feeling a bit under the weather today, I hope I will not be worse during the week!
Some days are harder than some others, knowing that you HAVE to work or else you will not be able to pay the bills!!!

Teaching/ work:
Lesson marathon today with 7 hrs...
Mostly exam prep. and advanced levels. It's a real pity because when you know that your students can express themselves in the foreign language and you can work on so many projects, i.g. videos, songs, art, literature, but you simply can't because you have to prepare them for an exam ...
I have tried to make a difference and use non-exam- related material just to make them go beyond that.
Unfortunately I cannot change the system on my own. It seems that everybody in Greece hates the exam-mania but they all work towards it. Even teachers criticize me for not being part of the system.
As I mentioned before, I have to work, I bring the only income in the family... so Dora... give them what they want... you can still be a good teacher, even in exam prep....

Pilates class at my old gym. I am not a Pilates person, it has nothing to do with the trainer, I just don't like it....  the thing is, I cannot spin every single day. I need different forms of exercise plus stretching... Especially that because my quadriceps are off since Saturday evening!!!  What I also find bad at my old gym, is that in the mornings, usually older people take part in the classes. Lots of "talking" and complaining that you are actually standing  in "their spot"... (as if  they have rented it or sth)

Other stuff:
I came across my old math tutor while I was on my way to a lesson!! She has not changed at all!! I remember her always nicely dressed, a hairdo and make up, a real lady!!! While I run around in my training clothes and sneakers!!!LOL!!
Tiring day...
To be continued...


Hana Tichá said...

Dear Theodora,

You are such a busy, energetic person. Do you ever rest? :-) I know what it's like when you have to work even when you don't feel very well. It's about mere survival. I'm sorry to hear about the exam mania over there in Greece - it must be frustrating, especially if you are such a creative teacher willing to use all the new methods and technology. Luckily, it's not that bad here but I'd also appreciate more freedom in some aspects. One has to keep up with the curriculum all the time. I hope your next post will be more optimistic. I like this challenge.

Theodora Pap said...

Thank you Hana for your comment!! Tomorrow is a "lighter" day ( at least I hope it will be)! Take care my dear!