Lately I’ve been feeling like teaching in Moldova is draining me. I love teaching and I love my students, but I’ve been frustrated by classes that don’t listen, students that are noisy, and the lack of motivation of many of my students. The truth is, teaching is hard. But then sometimes your students absolutely surprise you in the best of ways.
One of the frustrating things about teaching in Moldova is how few of the students actually do their homework. On the best days, less than 3/4 of my students actually attempt even part of the homework, and it’s usually the same 6-7 students in each class that come prepared. Then, because without having done the homework the other students aren’t prepared, those same 6-7 students are the only ones who participate actively in the lesson. The older the students get, fewer of them do their homework.
Today, one of our 8th grade classes shocked us! Every single student in attendance did homework, including two that have never done so in the two years I’ve been here. Not only had each student attempted to do a small part of what had been assigned, they all completed at least 2 of the 3 tasks they had. It was truly a special day!! Best of all, it was clear that the students were proud that they had done the work. One of the students received a 9 for a grade (the grades are out of 10 and 5 is passing), which is definitely a first for him in English. He was so excited and eagerly asked us to put his grade in his student agenda.
I doubt this momentous event will happen again, but I’m thrilled that it even happened this one time. It reminded me that my students are capable and of why I love teaching. Bravo Class 8A!!!