|A student, leading Mafia as the storyteller, in English. :')|
To be totally fair, teaching also kind of sucked, when class sizes and student ability ranges were huge, when I wasn't allowed to fail anyone so students had little extrinsic motivation to try, when I had to leave the house at 6:30am and finally got home eleven hours later, when helicopter parents went off on my students and me during class... but all of that fades pretty quickly. Selective memory. The kids were ridiculous sometimes too, and there were tears and rants and repetitive complaints on my part.
But I miss it anyway, and sometimes I fool myself that teaching would be better in the public school system in America. Oh, I know it won't. China hardly has a monopoly on bureaucracy and pointlessness. But either way, I'm sure my first day back on the right (wrong?) side of the teacher's desk will be a little disorienting.