Why I didn’t make it as an English teacher

A few years back, I was living in Ho Chi Minh City and teaching English. I’m glad I tried it, but I quickly found out I was a horrible teacher. Here’s a few reasons why:

  1. Kids are great in small, manageable doses. 30 kids all talking at once? Not so great.
  2. I’m a native English speaker but the English language is hard and these kids were smart, smarter than me. That’s a problem when you’re their teacher.
  3. Lessons planning is a lot of work. Good luck trying to “wing” a lesson for an hour. You need a lesson which will get you through the class. That takes planning and time.
  4. Teaching a young class? Singing will be involved. I’m not good at singing, especially when you have 30 kids staring straight into your soul. They know you’re dying inside.
  5. Not just singing, dancing too.
  6. The younger the class, the more the line between “teacher” and “parent” blurs. Pray you have a good teachers aid.
  7. You know that kid at the back of the class daydreaming? That was me. And I was the teacher. That’s a problem.
  8. The main reason? These kids deserved a good teacher, not a care-free traveller doing it just to earn a few bucks. I felt like I was doing them a disservice.

With that in mind, I wouldn’t discourage anyone from teaching English. The course was a wonderful experience and I met fantastic people. Just because teaching wasn’t for me, doesn’t mean you won’t love it.

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