December 7, 2003 – Tsumaranai sensei

I was a little tired from the late movie from the previous night, so was not at my best when I had a one on one lesson with a 5 year old girl. Fresh out of kids training I decided to sit at the table and follow the lesson plan to the letter. The student had her own agenda for the class, which did not include sitting still and repeating English.

The class was 40 minutes long but felt like a 2 hour long dental appointment. At the end, she looked directly at me and told me I was “tsunaranai sensei” which means “boring teacher”. I resisted the urge to tell her how I felt about her, but with my luck those would be the only English words she learned and I would be on the next flight home.

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