ONE YEAR WITH AN ENGLISH TEACHER
Day 134, Wednesday, April 23, 2008
I noticed what I would call a good sense of proportion in my classes today. There seemed to be an agreeable relation between all the parts of the lessons, so that no one part dominated and all the parts interlocked with each other quite smoothly. Everything worked together harmoniously. We laughed occasionally, but the laughter always turned into quiet work fairly quickly. We were relaxed most of the time, but the relaxation was uniformly mixed with seriousness of purpose. There seemed to be a symmetry to everything we did: fun on one side, work on the other; smiles on one side, deep concentration on the other. I wish my teaching days could all be like this, but I guess that’s like wishing for 365 sunny and lovely days each year.