Saturday, October 08, 2005

50+, A1+, and lots of rules

it's not only my muse who's working hard these days, i've had a busy week as well. on monday i spent over 4 hours writing and revising poetry - in the course of the week i have completed my set of "rules of conduct" for every day of the week. i'm quite happy with the outcome, and have now started working on rules for every month of the year. so that means another 12 poems, we'll see how it goes. am only two poems away from completing the 30/30 challenge at the forum. i never thought i'd last that long! will try to find some time to submit to magazines soon, and i would love to publish another little book ... *dreamy eyes*

apart from creative work, i taught nearly 28 hours this week: my regular class every morning, but also two new classes. i am teaching computer basics (windows, data management, word) to a group of 9 students who are over 50 (and some of them are well over 50) twice a week throughout october, every tuesday and thursday afternoon. they pay for their class, and are highly motivated. it takes a lot of patience on my part, a few of them have never switched on a computer before, or held a mouse in their hands, so i have to teach that as well. it's not easy to try and put yourself in the position of someone who has no idea what to do with a mouse! and even if they have seen it used by others, that is such a different thing from actually using it themselves. they're quite sweet though, my "oldies". so grateful for everything they learn, too.

my english level A1+ class started on thursday, 11 students were there, two more are on the list. that's good. i like relatively big classes, because i can have them work in pairs, in groups of three and four, and between them, they know so much more than on their own, or in small groups. a few familiar faces, from my june A1 class, but many new students. it was quite a nice first lesson. we have 75 minutes each week - i'd rather teach 100 or 120 minutes, really, but that's not up to me, those weekly classes are all the same.

thursday is now my monster day - teaching from 8.30-12.30, then from 1-4pm, again from 6-7.15pm, and then i have my swedish class. i was rather tired (in my head, rather than physically) by then. the swedish class is small, i have the same teacher as last year, christina, there are two new students, we're ladies only. i actually managed to remember a few things, and i am sure i will learn a lot this semester. no excuses for not showing up, since i am at the school anyway, teaching until 7.15.

the weather's been lovely, and warm, even around 20°C! i could not really enjoy it though, because of all the classes, and a meeting yesterday afternoon. perhaps tomorrow, we'll see.

am pretty pissed off that rafael nadal won't be playing at the BA-CA tennis trophy next week. he kept changing his mind, i found his behaviour pretty unprofessional and immature, but what can you do. anyway, he's not playing, but i am still going to watch as much tennis as i can next week. hope to catch a match of carlos moya *drool* and sebastien grosjean so i can tell my friend rachael i saw him live too!

song of the day, another one by richard hawley who makes me fall in love with him (oh well, his voice) again and again: "you don't miss your water". go buy his albums. now.

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