Yesterday, I treated a colleague to lunch at my place because I am trying to convince him to complete the formatting of my publications on Smashwords. Doing so shall maximize distribution and, hence, exposure. I showed him the ropes and offered pay, so now he is thinking about it because he is not sure he has the necessary skills.
I met the teacher I am replacing as of next week while he goes on a Christmas holiday. It turns out that this gig is only to be for two hours a day for 10 days, for a pay rate of around $25 per hour. Taking that subway route is long and arduous, so I hope I can endure it. At least I have an e-book on the mobile phone to read: Treasure Island. As the location of this job is the place where our KOTESOL group meets most months, it is good for the rapport between us and this host. The Director is a nice considerate fellow. He took me and the other teacher out for a nice bistro style lunch. I tried to recruit both of them into KOTESOL.
That teacher was very brusque at first. As soon as he saw me, he just shoved some papers and books in front of me and started talking at me about how he does the lessons without even a “hello, my name is…”. Jeesh. I intervened to introduce myself and the director made him sit down and talk to me properly.
I had to return to campus to prepare for the graduate class. I returned some work, then we watched films. We finished watching a documentary about the crisis in the public school system I the USA called “The War on Kids-the failure of the public school system”. I chose to follow that up with the drama about the true-life story of a teacher who manages to work within the restrictions of the rigid test-focused school to manipulate the curriculum and alter his teaching style enough to open up the potential of a class of underprivileged failing elementary students (“The Ron Clark Story” with Matthew Perry-maybe of late 90s, early 2000’s). The film documents the high level monitoring, policing, psychotic drug therapy that are all geared to control behavior supposedly prevent violence but produces failure, violence, and sickness. After seeing how bad the situation in the schools of the US are, the latter film sheds some positive light on how things could be improved in the immediate sense.
I picked up some bundles of mail. I received birthday gifts from the family, including some very warm boot-style slippers and toiletries. I also got a backlog of postal deliveries, including insurance bills, forms regarding my property, and bank card statements.