biting off more than i can chew…

…is something at which I am an expert.

My latest escapade is applying to teach at a university, not really expecting to be hired right away as I have no formal teaching experience of any sort.

I do, however, have bachelor’s and master’s degrees, and have taught my children all their lives, so that should count for something, right? Not to mention my being a media practitioner, corporate peon, and all-around productive member of the labor force trying to keep a step ahead of ballooning inflation.

Apparently it all does count for something, because, after a ten-minute teaching demo earlier this morning on “How to Write an Expository Essay”, I was hired on the spot by the dean of the language, humanities, and social sciences cluster and the English Language Center head and told to report to the university’s Makati Campus.

I arrived there at six in the evening, and right away one of the English professors handed me a schedule with five – FIVE! – classes for two subjects (English 10 and English 12), the lists of students, teacher’s manuals, textbooks, memos, and sundry other materials. She briefed me for an hour.

I start tomorrow. At 7:30 in the morning.

And classes started last July 7.

Now I wonder what I have gotten myself into this time.

It belongs right up there with things that “seemed like a good idea at the time…” like having my eyebrows shaved by a large gay hairdresser with a naked razor blade or eating that last longganisa knowing that it always gives me heartburn.

Looking on the bright side… the ELC head, who happens to be a fellow alumna of the University of the Philippines’ College of Mass Communication (she majored in Communication Research), says that the course work is pretty simple, the lessons are all mapped out, and all the professor has to do is take attendance, give grades, and facilitate.

Doesn’t sound too bad, right? Let’s see what happens tomorrow.

Pardon me while I chew.

The university’s main lobby. Guess which school in particular? Clue: they’re in the NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association) and not the UAAP (University Athletic Association of the Philippines).

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