It's been a mixed week for me. On Monday I had a run in with a student. He challenged my teaching methods, and I challenged his attitude. We came to a mutual agreement to move forward, but it left me feeling rather despondent.
On Tuesday, I had quite productive lessons with my usually more difficult learners. I feel we've built up a better relationship, and that we're all benefiting from this.
On Wednesday, I had a great lesson. We had fun, we learned lots, and the students were fully engaged. I even came away from the lesson with the next session fully planned out in my head.
This seems to be the normal way of things in teaching. I don't think I'm alone in going from one extreme to another on an almost hourly basis. I am constantly experimenting with what works and what doesn't, and there is always the unexpected reaction of my learners to deal with. Whilst this makes for an interesting and challenging career, I do sometimes wish for a simpler life!