First, sorry about no entry yesterday. Alcohol was once again to blame. Not me, naturally. :*)
I made it to the other side! I’m done with training! Woo-hoo! And now I’m…seriously hung over. Here’s what happened:
Yesterday Craig, Ellen, and I spent the day preparing our lessons to teach to our “students”, who were actually members of the Kansai AEON staff. Who did i get as a student? None other than the HEAD of the Kansai region! Ugh. So, naturally, I was a little nervous. I thoroughly prepared the lesson, and started teaching at 5:30.
Things got off to a great start. I had the students (Craig, Ellen, and Yuko, head of AEON Kansai) pretend they were at Macy’s in NYC and ask for things. It went really well, and it was fun for everyone. Then I had them listen to a dialogue on CD, and answer some questions. That went pretty well too. Then it was time to drill the vocabulary and phrases. I forgot to do a small thing, but remembered halfway through and managed to recover, but lost a little time. After the drills, I started a “dialogue”. This is when things started to go south. I forgot which person was supposed to say what, and I didn’t really explain it too well. Then I forgot to have the students practice it repeatedly. MEanwhile time is ticking away. Finally, I had them start working on their exersice, which I should have gotten to earlier. The class ended with me having only gotten through about 2/3 of what I normally would have…but I was DONE.
And…despite everything, it went okay. I didn’t panic (much) and was professional the whole time. I really wanted the students to learn, and it showed. It was an amazing experience, and I will obviously have the opportunity to do it again. And again. And again.
Ben had the best advice for me: “In the sea of lessons you will teach for AEON, this one will pale into insignificance, and you’ll wonder what you were so freaked out about. I swear.”
So, after we all finished and did our training feedback and interviews, they took us out to dinner/drinks. Mostly drinks. Ugh.
We were supposed to be out of the hotel by 9:45am. I didn’t get to the lobby until 10:15. Headache, etc. We finally checked out and went back to the training room, where we recieved our AEON pins and were congratulated by the whole staff. Then our managers came and took us to our schools!!!
I met almost all of the teachers at my school, Hankyu-Umeda terminal. It’s right in the train station, and it’ll be easy to get to and find again. I hope. Everyone seems nice, and there’s a big party tonight to welcome me, and to wish the teacher who’s leaving well (his name is Mark, strangely). So now I’m going back to the hotel to SLEEP.
I made it. And I think it’s going to be one incredible year.