It has been 4 months since I started my job as an English teacher in a private secondary school. This is my first teaching job in an actual school after a brief stint as a trainee teacher back in May last year.
The past 4 months have been a roller coaster ride for me. There were good days, so-so days and the downright terrible days when I wished I never took up the job. Each day is a challenge for me to overcome as I am unable to anticipate the mischief my students are up to. They are so unpredictable, like volatile volcanoes. They can be angels for a moment and voila! They turn into devilish little brats when you let your guard down.
When I first started out in my new school, it was difficult for me to adapt to the new environment because I had a preconceived notion about students from that particular school which has been instilled in me ever since I was in secondary school. Students from that school are quite notorious for their stubborn streak and disinterest in their studies. It does not help that the school has a reputation for enrolling rejects which were expelled by other schools in the district.
Despite that, I decided to give them the benefit of the doubt and tried to block out the negative perception that I had of the school. The first week went well. Sadly to say, the ‘honeymoon’ period did not last long. As the weeks passed, the students eventually showed their true colours. I have to admit that the first 2 months was like a living hell for me. I dreaded having to go to work every morning and each day after work, I will begin my tirade of complaints about the students.
Things did turn out for the better, eventually. Nowadays, the students are much more bearable in class. At least, they are not as defiant as before. They are much more considerate and respectful of the teacher. I am not sure whether it was the constant nagging or pep talk. Maybe, they grew tired of bickering and arguing with me because unlike some teachers, I do not back down. Well, whatever the reason is, I do hope and pray that for their sake, this positive change is permanent...
Dedicated to the two classes that I taught during my training. All the best to all my former students in SEMESTI ^^