TEACHING – Three Months as a Teacher

This time I want to talk about my job.

I can’t believe being a teacher is my actual job this year. I am currently teaching 3 classes at private studio in my town and I’m loving it.

It’s so hard and given my non-existent experience, I was petrified at the beginning. And even now, after 3 months, I’m no completely accustomed to it.

It takes so much time!! I don’t know what’s the best way to teach a particular topic or to help children learn it with the easiest method!

I have surely made mistakes but my boss has reassured me multiple times about it. Everybody messes up at the beginning. There is a saying in italian that says: “Nessuno nasce imparato” that roughly translates into: “Nobody is born already knowing everything”.

After my four hours of teaching I am devastated. I put so much effort into it and it drained me. For the first months, I used to get really bad headaches. I was so tense and nervous!

I’ve been tutoring people for two years, but that’s a completely different experience. I usually speak in italian and we mainly do homework, grammar and exercises. Yes, this is the wonderful italian school system. Facts, facts, facts and information, information, information.

Anyway, with these 3 classes and these young children, the approach is completely different. I speak english all the time and I have a text-book. But the most striking difference is the number of students! Six isn’t that big of a number, but it kind of is when you are used to being face-to-face with only one person at the time.

My english binder has increased exponentially in the past three months and I have a whole new list of bookmarks dedicated to the english language.

What I’m taking from this experience is that teaching is the way to go. It’s what I had planned for me and I am thrilled that it’s the right path for me.

xxx

Georgia

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This Is Us

This is real. This is love. This is us.

I don’t really know how I came across this Tv show, but I am extremely happy I did.

This NBC series is one of the best things on american TV this year. It’s an incredibly powerful and moving story with a plot twist at the end of every episode.

It’s about a group of people who share the same birthday: Jack and Rebecca, a married couple who is expecting triplets; Kevin, a LA actor tired of his horrible tv show; Kate a funny and sweet woman struggling with her weight and Randall, a very successful lawyer who is looking for his biological father.

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I can’t give many more details about what happens because it’s all spoilers. Literally, ALL SPOILERS.

I absolutely love the atmosphere of the series… It’s that indie/hipster vibe that I LOVE… It’s so different from the fake glamour of tv shows like “Castle”, “Pretty little liars” and “Suits”.

Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE Suits: it’s one of my favourite shows and it’s one that I often recommend to people, but it’s so glossy and too perfect.

“This is us”, in spite of all the pretty people in it, is authentic… and it deals with family. Different kind of families, with issues, problems and A LOT of complications. Parenting is also an important part of the show and in one of the most recent episodes there was a huge eye-opener for me…

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I am not a parent myself so I don’t really know what that is like, but I felt like the show made me realize thing that I hadn’t even thought about before.

I felt connected to all the characters… I felt like they were reflecting not only a lot of my flaws, but also most of my problems. It made me think about life, about issues and most of all about family. It’s show that deals with REAL emotions, REAL feelings… Everyone can relate to it, because we all have insecurities, fears… We are not equipped to face life sometimes, we need a hug, a few words or simply someone nudging us towards the right direction.

There are so many monologues, scenes, single sentences that make the show this amazing. I can’t even find the words to describe it. It’s probably one of the best written shows I have seen in a long time. I know I say it a lot, but I’ve never seen anything like this. The way it deals with family, growing up, finding oneself… It’s just so real.

The actors are just as incredible as the writing. These writers have accomplished something great, something spectactular. And the actors interpret the words with magic.

If you have the time, take an hour and immerse yourself in the show. You won’t regret it.

Georgia  🙂

P.S. This is a panel with the cast   🙂