I had no idea what to look forward to until I arrived. This coffee shop is unique in every aspect. I came here with a previous student of mine, who had studied with me for over three years. She's now studying in the States, and I knew that she had come back to Taiwan for Christmas. I called her and set up a date to meet, but I left the venue completely up to her to decide. After having been a student a year myself, I told her when I met her, that I am no longer her teacher. I'd like to think that the relationship we have is pretty much like the concept of this coffee shop - finding a balance in a lack of proportion. I accredit the reason why we are still able to remain in contact with each other even until to day, to this reason.
This is the water glass that was served before we ordered. Once it was set on the table, I tried to grab it because I was afraid of it spilling. Until I realised that it was designed to tilt like this. I think this is also the impression that I used to give the parents of the kids I used to teach. If they did not have their full confidence in me, they would not have sought me.
This is what the child ordered. The cup was also uniquely designed. The child also realised that it wasn't handy for left handers to use.
If parents wanted me to focus the lessons according to what the kids were learning at school, the idea would always be rejected. Just like the design of this cup, I only used to teach students who were seriously looking to improve their English skills. I design the lessons to enhance all aspects - listening, speaking, reading, and writing. However, I NEVER used to teach the kids how to get high scores on their proficiency tests or their school midterms and/or finals.
And because I was no longer a teacher, I did no refrain from ordering my booze. But this was also because the child was precocious enough to 'understand' what 'drinking socially' means.
My idea of a decent teacher does not involve whether or not one has 'bad habits'. But a decent teacher must be able to guide their student towards the road on which they will be able to make decisions for themselves, and be aware of the consequences that come with each of those decisions. There is no point in keeping them away from the big big world, because they will eventually have to face it some day. I think it is better to give them some idea of what it's like out there, so as to better prepare them for it when the time comes. I'd never kept my weekend drinking habits away from this one, because she was responsible enough to understand. And because she was going to a much more open-minded society, I chose to 'educate' her in every aspect, so that she would be able to make the right judgement for herself.
Of course, there is also the food. This mushroom panini was absolutely delicious. Although the size of the meal was not very large, but the filling was extremely satisfying. I hope that the kids I used to teach felt the same way about my way of teaching, too.
This was what the kid had ordered. Although I will never know what it really tasted like, this feeling is not unlike teaching. You will never know what your students really think of you and/or what you teach, but you will always be able to tell from their genuine and immediate expressions.
And lastly, is the dessert. The learning process is difficult for both the teacher and the student. Although private lessons usually means higher hourly wages, the common misconception is that it is a sinecure that anyone can easily accomplish. However, when you're teaching one-on-one, it means you are designing a whole series of lessons to accommodate with each student. They have different levels to begin with, different speeds of learning, and different needs. Although it isn't exactly 'mission impossible' either, rest assure, it is definitely not as easy as you may think it is.
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