How I got my Compassion back!

Uncategorized May 29, 2017

In my last blog post several weeks ago,  I talked about going back to classroom teaching this month but at the last minute, lost my workload due to low course enrollment. I was grateful for work in the second half of the semester but then lost that workload to another teacher with more seniority (that's what I get for taking 18months off).  The good news is that I did get work in the end thus no weekly blog posts this month.

I can't say that much has changed at the college but I know that I have changed.  If you have been reading my blog posts for the last several months, you may have seen this post where I talked about burning out as a teacher 

It is great to feel compassion towards my students again.  I feel like the teacher I used to be and it feels good.  (To be honest, during the last several months of teaching at the end of 2015, I was grumpy and impatient).

So what happened?

My son just finished his first year of university so I now see my students differently because they remind me of my son and his friends.  I used to have higher expectations for my college-level students but having a son the same age has caused me to pause and reflect on what it is like to be an 18 or 19-year-old student these days.

Do I still have expectations of my students?  Yes, I think we should have expectations of our students but I'm more aware now of how young people in this age group think and behave.

Have you ever had a similar experience?  Just drop me a line and let me know if there was an event that changed you as a teacher.

Happy teaching!  Patrice

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About Me

My name is Patrice Palmer OCELT, M.Ed., M.A. I have more than 20 years’ experience as an ESL Teacher, TESL Trainer, and Curriculum Writer in Canada including 7 amazing years in Hong Kong. I have taught students from 8 to 80 years in a variety of programs such as ESP, EAP, Business English, and language programs for new immigrants in Canada. I now work as a teacherpreneur doing the things that I love such as writing courses and books, blogging, sharing teaching materials, and providing instructional coaching to new teachers Having a flexible schedule allows me to conduct short-term training around the world at any time of the year. For more teaching resources, please visit my website at
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