today was the first day of the new semester for me, at National Taipei Univ. the students look like rabbits caught in the headlights of oncoming traffic, they really do.  I wonder how many of them have had foreign teachers before, I would bet none of them
 actually have had that.  They're nice students, but ther'es somethinga bout that class that seems to suggest they don't like to express their opinions much in class, I wonder why that is.  They often don't know what to answer or even seem to know that they should be answering a question sometimes.  I wonder if I can achieve anything useful in that respect.  It's an interesting point.

One of the aspects that impresses me with Tim's teaching is his high scores, about 5% above my highest scores.  I know that he has a terrific personality for classes, he can really reach out to students using his body language, perhaps because he's not afraid of getting laughed at.  I guess there's that sense of holding back that seems to be present in my teaching.  I wonder what would happen if I tried to give it my all… without overpreparing though, i'd hate to do that, thought, too!

Well, I should be off to the doctor now, to see what he says about my condition.  I can't believe that I haven't got over this condition yet. Stil present in my body, I think it's getting better, because the acupuncture seemst o be helping, but I  don't know how long it's going to take.  This is the end of the second week.  I think I have made good progress over the last few weeks in terems of the thealth, but I still need to do more. So I should get on with it.