Many people will agree 2020 has been a lousy year: Coronavirus has killed lots of people worldwide. A terrible economic crisis is coming. It has already come. For those teachers who love teaching, for those teachers who find the best version of themselves when they are with their students, 2020 has been a difficult year. Yes, we have become more creative. Yes, we have found some alternatives to in-person education. Yet it is very hard to teach with your mask on and it is a little more difficult to see if the students (with their masks on) are following you.
I teach in an adult school and, on Wednesdays, I finish my classes at 9:00 pm. Last night (December 9th), it was dark and cold. When I left the school building, a group or C2.2 students from last academic year was waiting for me. As soon as I stepped out, they sang an unorganized carol (I loved it!), they gave me some gifts (Early Santa!) and they wished me a merry Christmas. What else can a person ask for in this life? The best Christmas present ever: Loving and feeling loved! As far as students are concerned, I like to quote Ted Lasso (one of my new heroes) when he is asked if he believes in ghosts: “I do. But more importantly, I believe they need to believe in themselves.”