Light of my life in teacher-world today:

My unusually large 6’3 ~300lbs Russian student is everything a TESOL teacher dreams of- literate in school language in his first language and very little inhibition to use and experiment with his English. He is very serious and focused. This is coupled with a complete inability to moderate his volume. The kid cannot whisper.

Then I have a kid in the same class who deals with selective mutism. He has the language to speak but doesn’t. Which, as you can imagine, makes it difficult to assess his language and if what I’m doing is working as a teacher.

Well, today, my big Russian belly laughed so hard and could not stop and my selective mute kid trash-talked together.

It was a thing of wonder.

These are the sounds that make teaching great.

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Hermes Lackey

Hermes Lackey

I’m a teacher of newly arrived refugees &immigrants at a large urban high school. My goal is to write 500 words daily about whatever I fancy.