Last Friday I took 3 of my students out to lunch. It was to celebrate a few different things. “M” is heading over to Canada for 3 – 6 months to further improve her English speaking skills. She has been a student of mine since the very beginning. She has become a friend who I will miss in my Friday morning ladies group. We have promised to keep in regular e-mail contact, and she assures me she will be returning to Smiths Sakai Higashi on her return to Japan. Good luck in Canada!!
For “K”, lunch was her reward for improving so much in her diary writing skills. “K” is also a long term student. About 8 months ago I asked her to start keeping a diary for homework. I have become a big fan of my students keeping diaries for homework. They can do as much or as little as they wish, but I find those who consistently do more, improve faster. It’s pretty straight forward I think. Anyhow, “K’s” first diary entry was pretty interesting. After correcting it (which took some time), there wasn’t too much of her own work left on the page. (Nowadays, I try not to re-write my students entries when correcting them, as I want it to remain their work, not mine.) 2 weeks ago “K” read to me her homework and there was not a single mistake on the page. I think I was as happy as she was. It’s great to see some real progress in your students, especiaally those who continually give 100%. Awesome work “K”
Which brings me to “L”. This is a student who is often too “busy” to keep a diary and somtimes too busy to come to class, but not too busy to come to lunch! However she is great fun to talk to and is always so positive.
I know my students appreciated the lunch. However, It was important for me to let them know how much I value their support towards Smith’s Sakai Higashi. Thanks again!!