This week at Inkreadable started out well enough, dear reader, but ended on a rather sour note. It isn’t often that I have tech troubles that are unresolvable by either myself or Jasper, but this week the fates were against both of us. But first, a rundown of the week lesson wise.
Remember when only two of my students showed up for my class in my last post? I was worried for nothing, it seems. All of my students showed up to subsequent classes with the exception of one who was sick. There must be something going around Amsterdam. Or maybe, it’s just winter. My own classes are going quite well and the month of February seems to be flying by. Before I know it, it will be time to go to America to see my sister. A little bit more concerning is the fact that I am subbing for a teacher and her course is called intro to business. She sent me a long detailed email about how she structures the class, but I am a little bit concerned that I will not be able to do her justice once again. That seems to be a bit of a theme for me, subbing and stressing out for other people’s classes.
Anyhoo, back to the drama of this week. Everything is going swimmingly up until Thursday. On Thursday I walked out of the house,. taught my class, and went to the gym as usual. I got home from the gym and all was well. I went to my writer’s group at four and dod some work at the bookstore, then had a lovely session of editing and getting to know some super cool new people. I walked into my house at about 11 PM to find that I had no Internet. Red lights all over my router. My Dutch is not actually good enough to deal with these kinds of issues without help. Luckily, I was able to call the internet provider and they sent somebody out, but not until Saturday morning. This meant that at nearly midnight on Thursday evening I had to find a place to go teach for Friday morning. Lucki I have really good friends in the center and they let me come and teach at their house. But the stress and hyperventilation that I go through to try and figure this stuff out is not worth it. So is the fact that if I canceled all of my classes it would cost me as much as I would make that day. This is due to VIPKid’s rather draconian policies about teacher cancellations. There simply is no room to mess up. It’s one of the things that make the company more and more unattractive as time goes on.
And that also throws me off of the rest of my lesson planning game. I had hoped that I would be able to plan all of my lessons for next week on Friday evening. But with no Internet, and a very unreliable hotspot that falls away every two seconds that isn’t the best solution. Let’s hope, dear reader, that I get through the coming week, without too many bad reviews and some decent time to plan my lessons.
That’s all she wrote for this Inkreadable installment. But stay tuned. As always, there is more to come.