I’ve had a sore throat for the past couple of days and when I woke up this morning I had no voice.On the weekends I teach three classes a day. Unfortunately, today was my turn to do ‘open classes,’ meaning my student’s parents came along to observe. It was pretty silly because we had to go to this tiny, tiny ‘demo’ classroom and do half an hour there, and then go upstairs to the normal classroom for the rest of the lesson. I didn’t really give a rat’s arse, I was all prepped, so I just ignored the parents and the manager, but by the end of the day I was completely exhausted, and honestly, my voice was ridiculous.
I was surprised the manager was OK with me giving lessons in front of the parents sounding like that. I’ve never heard anything like it before, it was ludicrous. Anyway, by the end of the day I was pretty buggered and I was hanging out for it to be over, and no parents showed up for my last class. I was like, ‘yussssss’ thinking I’d just be able to go straight upstairs with the students. But the manager was like, ‘no, no’ and got all my students to PHONE THEIR PARENTS! What?
I had no voice, I sounded like a squeaky-freak, the kids looked terrified of me (wtf is she saying??), and the manager calls parents to come in and watch. The good news was, I got to sit there and not talk for half an hour while we waited for the poor parents to come back to the school. The bad news was, somehow it threw my timing out and I almost sent the students home half an hour early. I had them lined up at the door ready to go and everything, and then I was like, ooooopsie! Still have half an hour left!