Fragments, Dacisi Temple area
Actually, the title of this photo also fits well with today’s post. Or tonight’s, rather. It’s been an interesting and frustrating day. I just had my first problem with my new Acer notebook computer. It got stuck somewhere between “off” and “on” and wouldn’t go either way. I finally removed the battery to shut it down. Tomorrow I’ll go to a computer doctor – probably one of my students who can help their technologically-challenged teacher to solve what hopefully is a simple software problem.
I ran this morning – 4 entire circuits of the running track. Without dying. It actually felt good. Then I walked 4 more circuits and adjourned to the cafeteria for guo ba rou pian for lunch.
Tired from the workout and lunch, I had a delicious afternoon nap, followed by rushing about madly to pull together a teaching plan for tonite’s business English class. I berated myself for being unprepared, waiting till the last minute, and many other defects of moral character. In the end I told myself: “Self, CHILL.” And I did. I had put together a good homework assignment requiring students to look up 2 words each using an online English dictionary, then reporting on their salient facts at the next class: pronunciation, meaning, syllabic division, stress, etc.
Then I picked 2 pages from a textbook about conversations involving complaints, problems, and solutions; I photocopied them, and then built a whole class around them. Not bad. I could have saved myself all the mental anguish. My new resolution is to simply “do it:” go to class with a simple plan, let the students make something of it, and then come home feeling satisfied. No more self-judgment, criticism, or agonizing over perceived mistakes. Just do it, and be satisfied with having done my best. The end.