It was June 23rd, 2007. I was coaching a man to man student who has been studying with me over 4 years. She had done all 13 of the Smith’s Routines(stories with questions) and knew them well. I decided to do something I love doing, which is making up my own stories using my imagination and including material that students have studied in the Routines as well as adding in some new stuff of my own.
I gave her a story. My story included material from Routine 4(Lawson’s), Routine 5(The Japan Sea), Routine 6(The Baby), Routine 7(The Restaurant), Routine 9(Finnegan’s Bar) , Routine 13(The Meeting) and some material I had taught her myself in some of my other stories before. When I finished my story, I asked her questions on the story. She answered most of them correctly and looked very happy. I was happy too! She complimented me on being able to make such a story, which includes material from so many Routines. I remember telling her that I was able to do that because I knew the Routines very well.
Later the same day she sent me an email thanking me for making the effort of making the story. She was very happy that she had been able to answer most of the questions correctly and mentioned that she felt like clapping herself on her own back for her own effort! She wrote that she was really happy to have met a good teacher like me and that she couldn’t wait until next lesson. I was happy that I had been able to make her feel that way.