|Courtesy of Steven Depolo|
- When a three hour lesson gets to the last 5 minutes and students aren't ready to call it quits -- they keep going, in English, while I pack up my stuff.
- When someone gets up, unbidden, and goes to the board to draw a map or diagram or whatever to illustrate whatever it is that he or she is trying to explain.
- When I see two or three students standing in a group after a lesson has ended and they're exchanging information with each other (giving advice or recommendations about a local shop or service, etc.) ... in English.
- When someone makes a joke in English and everyone else laughs.
- When someone brings something in to the classroom because they noticed that it had something to do with a recent lesson.
- When someone speaks up assertively about something I could do better. (Yeah, I cringe. But they're almost always right, it makes me a better teacher, and it means they might do the same outside the classroom.)
- When someone self-corrects on a form from several lessons ago.
- When someone who has been generally quiet begins to participate more actively and seems to be having fun.
- When someone exclaims after a lesson, "That was a good class!"
What little things delight you about teaching English?