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Monday, April 5, 2010

TOEIC 950!!! ( トーイック) 143 in the house ;)


She got the official notification today :) She is in the top 2%

I just had a student achieve a score of 950 on her TOEIC test. For those not in the know that's an AMAZING score!!

She was not gifted in English as a schoolgirl but she became motivated to challenge speaking and grammar in her daily life and in a testing/measuring environment. I tried once before to assist with a TOEIC challenge but she made no real effort and I was very pissed off.

I push my students really hard. I am not interested in being liked by my students. The part time teachers who do short term contracts need to pay attention to attire, social etiquette, and a myriad of other things that may, but probably don't have any real effect on the teaching itself. I have the freedom to just teach. No tie, no bullshit, no teachers room dramas. Just teach my ass off and let my student's levels speak for me.


If it were possible to walk to school uphill both ways my step father would have made me. He threw a bucket of water..a bucket....on me while I was sleeping in my bed the day after my last day of school and announced I was working or on the street.
"This isn't a flop house and we don't cater to bums" was about what he said.

I said "f___ this" and headed to Hawaii. That's when all his hard ass "tough love" lessons started to make sense. I was a non-union Haole in Hawaii and I was given back breaking labor again and again. I had to do it, I didn't have any local family and I had to eat so there I Hawaii the way :) I thought this is nothing compared to S.D. He never paid me, he never said thank you, and he expected 100% all the time. There is a fish pond built by my hands in Massachusetts containing at least 10 dump truck loads of brick sized granite that I put together piece by piece. It's a testament to my refusal to quit and his refusal to stop pushing me like a slave.

Then, in Hawaii, I'm gettin' paid gettin' respect and oh yeah...I live in Hawaii :)

Well to make an Epic story short.

I own a place in Hawaii (paid cash) I own a car in Hawaii (paid cash).
I run my own school and NO ONE tells me what the F___ to do......EVER and it's all thanks to him.

I push my students because i know that life is hard and the strongest win, or recover from failure and try again. Losers quit, make excuses and give up. That's it.
You wanna be happy?? Stop looking outside because it starts from the inside.
You don't like your life? Change it.
You don't like your job? Quit and get another.
You want a good partner? Be a good partner.
You want a good score? Study hard. A test score is a DIRECT reflection of the effort you made.

My student can FULLY appreciate the amazing goal she has achieved because she knows that every point is a reflection of her effort. She wasn't lucky. She's great. She earned it. I was REALLY tough on her when she didn't do her best before. I was really tough. I knew she could do better than she did. She doubted herself for no reason. Now she has achieved something that any ESL student would love to put on their resume'. 900 is considered by a lot of companies and U.S. government agencies as being a "command" of English sufficient for employment. 950?? 950!!!....get outta here!! forget about it, thats crazy good!!

A college degree, a conversation level similar to a native speaker ( she can talk to anyone about anything because of her bright character) and now a 950 TOEIC for the grammar side of the language. She can do whatever she wants. She is a symbol of my theory that we are only limited by ourselves and our ability to control our own fears.
Fear of failure is universal, accept it. Fear sharpens all the senses. You will sometimes fail,accept that, it's called "life". Learn from it and improve yourself.
This girl did and now she has something that is hers. She did this.

I'm proud to have helped someone maximize their abilities.
She should feel really confident right now. She worked hard for that. I respect her.

**143723*** ;)

(Grammatical errors are left intentionally as a study tool for students who read the blog. They get school money for every error they find :))