Since this is the week before Easter, a number of students have chosen to extend their break a bit. This afternoon, in a class that should have 9 students, 3 showed up.
It's a writing class, but it often becomes a conversation class, since there's only so much you can teach someone about writing. I ran out of stuff a couple of months ago, but we can always discuss a controversial topic & try to come up with arguments that could be used in an essay about it, then they write the essay at home.
Today, I brought in a short article about the chocolate Jesus sculpture, so we read it & chatted about why it's so controversial. After about 45 minutes, I gave the students the option to go home early, or to keep chatting for a while longer. And they chose to stay and chat!
They asked about my Peace Corps experience, and my impressions of Poland, and just generally seemed interested in my life. I guess it's normal to have an interest in someone who chooses to live in a country that so many people are choosing to leave, but it was a little surprising to me. I certainly never had any interest in my teachers' lives outside of school.
So it was a nice way to end my day, realizing that my students just may like me a little.