I have met about 217 people in the last two days. Around 100 5th graders, 31 6th graders, and 86 university students! And before you bother asking, No, I cannot remember their names, although, surprisingly, several stand out in my memory, names attached - and I know I will never forget them!
I've been called a Pinch Hitter 3 times in the last few weeks, so I guess that must be the latest Japanese katakana word for 'substitute teacher' and I'm guessing it comes from baseball (correct me if I'm wrong lurker Emily!!!)
I'm filling in between teachers again, a nice 5-6 weeks of extra classes that reminds me both of how much I can achieve in one day, and the downside of working full-time - laudry piling up, short-tempered with the kids, no time for hobbies, weekends spent cleaning etc!
The oddest thing is that while I am working tomorrow, it's only 3 juku lessons, so it feels almost like a holiday! I think it's funny how normally it would FEEL like 'Oh my god I am working on a Saturday', but now, after 217 students in 2 days, it feels like a day off in comparison!