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10 January 2006

"Sono ottimista."

This was the phrase yesterday on our new Italian phrase-a-day calendar, which was perfect for yesterday. I was absolutely freaking out about teaching for the first time, but underneath it all I was certainly an optimist - if I wasn't, I wouldn't have gone through with it.

The good news is that it went pretty well. I was still nervous when the class started, but about 20 minutes into it I kind of settled into the idea. It's a full class - there were 25 there last night, with about 5 who didn't show (so I don't know if they'll be there next class or not) - and my voice was wrecked afterwards. As I was sipping tea in my kitchen at home afterwards, I thought, "Wow, it's like I've got two gigs a week now." So I've got to be active in taking care of my voice. My throat was really dry when I woke up this morning, so I'm going to try to take it easy today so I don't lose my voice before my first Wednesday class tomorrow.

I'm not sure whether I should've done this, but I did tell them at the beginning of the class it was my first teaching experience. At the break, a woman came up to me and said, "As a retired teacher, I have to tell you - you have the teacher gene! You're doing wonderfully!" I must've looked relieved and thankful, because she went on to say that she thought I'd probably want to hear something like that... She was right, I did want to hear it.

Teaching felt much more like performing than I'd expected it to - but that's a good thing, because it actually felt more familiar than I'd expected it to as well. I used humor to my advantage several times and had the entire class laughing, which felt very good. I see how addictive eliciting laughter can be. So, while I don't have a future as a singer anymore, I do think I'll learn to like this kind of audience as well.


cadmaven said...

I'm not surprised!!!!!

Miss Bright said...
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Miss Bright said...

Make 'em laugh, Make 'em laugh!

How else can you learn the difference between the word "years" and your...well..."poophole"?

Great news!!

Jessica said...

That was certainly one of the funny moments - that and the distinction between "penna" and "pena" - that lingering on those double consonants can be vital... ;)

Scott Reavely said...

Ho questa simila calendaria.

Siete un'aquila! (Today's page).