Language classes have finally started and we are happy to announce that one of the teachers was so kind as to give us an exclusive interview. Tomaž Potočnik, a young and enthusiastic French teacher, shared his precious experience with us.
1. Mr. Potočnik, you are one of the brave people who declared themselves willing to teach a language – French in your case. If you could sum up the first session in one word/phrase, what would it be?
Beyond expectations 🙂
2. Did you have difficulties keeping you students under control? Or did they spend their time throwing spitballs at you?
No, because I have square glasses which make me look strict. I’m also considering growing a moustache (photos of that will be available in a week).
3. What is your recommendation for other language teachers?
Smile* and have a legible handwriting.
*But also make sure to establish a stern presence so as to avoid having spitballs thrown at you – holding a ruler in one hand and slowly tapping it against the other is highly recommended. And see the previous answer.
4. What are you going to do if your students’ parents complain about bad marks? Will there be a parent-teacher-day?
All complaints should be submitted in fat, non-transparent envelopes. No.
5. Will you join the teachers’ union in Luxembourg?
Nope, I am a strict believer in the independence of the academia; we cannot have the beautiful, mystical land that is knowledge tarnished by politics and money. And ignore the previous answer.
Thank you very much Tomaž for your honest and straightforward answers, we hope that your motivation and enthusiasm will be an example to both teachers and students. And of course, we are looking forward to admiring your moustache!