Back from the delicious lands of vacation and back to work. This year I have adjusted my teaching style from Western to Turkish. If I treated my students in the US this way there would have been a mutiny. I am serious. I stopped wearing dangly earring while working in San Diego because I was afraid they would be RIPPED from my earlobes while I broke up fights. I am not kidding. One time I thought these girls were going to toss each other from a window (3rd floor.)
Turkish students are used to authoritarian teaching, they do not respond well to the US style of teaching. They see it as weakness and walk all over you. Since I have modified my style the students behave better and learn more. Class is a little less fun for all of us, but since the learning has improved I will suck it up and be a crazy b*tch. On the plus side they are much more respectful in general, and are very sweet.
Today was a long hard day. Hall duty and 7 classes which means I have to stand in the hall darning ALL the breaks including lunch and only have one class off all day (40 minutes at 10 am—that’s when I eat my lunch.)
After eight hours of standing on my feet and holding both my bladder (we are not supposed to leave the hall to use the bathroom) and my patience, I went home and started to cook. Cooking relaxes me. However I followed a recipe and it was a big fat fail. I now have to figure out how t salvage all that craptastic soup. Cooking did not work to relax me this time.
So now I am having a glass of wine. And it seems to be hitting the spot.