After the response to my last blog entry about that grammar thing, I was pretty excited to write other similar public service announcements.
And now, I'm just not.
Either this is a measure of how fragile I am, or...whatever. Sheesh.
So here's what happened: last week, I was contacted by a company I've worked with once before; they wanted me to tutor a foreign national here in Lexington. They'd "lost" my resume, so I had to send it again.
My resume hasn't changed much since my last stint with this company. But they needed it, in order to show it to the prospective student and his boss.
Yesterday I got an e-mail from the tutoring company, with the student's contact information. I was asked to notify the company as soon as I'd worked out a schedule with the student. A couple of hours later, I called the student.
He was surprised to hear from me, because his boss had not "approved" me to be his tutor. There was some question of my credentials. Also, he wanted to see a curriculum before he started lessons. (The very concept of tutoring molds to the student's needs on an ongoing basis, so it is virtually impossible to create a curriculum beforehand.)
Mmm, yeah, I only have ten years of teaching experience in France, including five at a business school and four at a university.
I e-mailed my contact at the tutoring company, who then called me to reassure me that the student's boss had "approved" me that morning, and that everything was okay. My contact was sorry for the miscommunication, and I told him I was pretty put off.
I'm still put off; I'm insulted, to be honest. And I am going to refuse this tutoring job. This student has a preconceived notion of me, that I do not have enough experience to teach him, and that is enough to make it difficult. He also wants something very structured from the get-go, and that goes against the idea that I have of tutoring. And this may make me sound spoiled, but this job is not worth the trouble.
Anyway, the whole thing has me and my knickers in a twist, so I'm just not in the mood to blog about more important matters, like grammar, or my toenails, or whatever.