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February 19, 2021 - I made it

My last scheduled class (can’t get too technical on that!) ended at 4:55 pm, February 10, 2021. Now, I am a former teacher. Retired. De-professionalized.  

Yes, it has been a long, strange trip.  “Oh, wow,” is a bit premature.

So, transitions aplenty ahead, complicated by additional navigational difficulties posed by the COVID-19 plague. What most people don’t know is that this retirement is already a year behind schedule. I expected the previous year (2019-2020) to be my last full year of teaching, with much of 2020 spent scoping out and preparing the way for our move to Mexico. Miraculously, I didn’t lose work, and the benefit of the extra year’s salary outweighed the advantages of an early departure. 

Of course, I considered the possibility of soldiering on for yet another year, or maybe just one more semester, but somehow, I knew it was time. 

I have zero regrets having hung on for this last, bizarre year of remote teaching, though. I learned much from a great crop of students, and enjoyed learning the tech involved in teaching from home. I thank my students for making it a great, if crazy, experience. We accepted each other, trusted each other, and leaned on each other, just as it should be. Not a bad last year in any way. Thanks, guys. 

But. A new adventure beckons. A new chapter begins. I’m stuck in Japan for a while longer, but what’s so bad about that? No work, free to savor the last sights, sounds, smells, and flavors of this place that pulled so hard at me 35 years ago and insisted I make it my home.

Then, vamos a México. After a million hurdles getting out of Japan and into Mexico, that is. It’s OK. It will happen. It will be good.


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Tony Silva
Totally Unprofessional

The links to the old web pages work (see links at the top of the page) and will continue to work, but they will not be updated. For students and teachers, the Portal link will get you to where you need to go: the download page, the Impact study guides, Why English, etc. If you need help, let me know <tonysilva at me dot com>.

The little slide show is a collection of a few images from the Queretaro/Bernal area of Mexico. 

Listen to: Chicago, “Beginnings.” Talk about long strange trips. This song was a huge hit in the high school days, got over-played, went dormant, then, among us old folks, resurrected itself as something as an anthem. I’ve used it in “last classes” over the years with great success with music majors. Now, on the cusp of retirement, I can only revel in how, like great literature, the work resonates differently at various ages in one’s life. High school dances, graduations, weddings, relocations, retirement.

Us and Them: An Intercultural Communication Textbook for Japanese University Students and Their Teachers. http://tony-silva.com/usandthem/usandthem.html 

A Quick and Dirty Guide to the Japanese Business Meeting. http://tony-silva.com/japanesemeeting.html