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Review:Pookha says:
I really like the story, but I have one minor problem. It feels to me like Annie agreed to teach at Hogwarts awfully quickly. It would feel more true to me if she demanded to see some magic of McGonagall or perhaps had gone to see Hogwarts first before agreeing.

I like the lessons that she had, and wish that teachers here (U.S.) were often more inspired in their lessons. I have a foreign language degree, with a minor in linguistics and a minor in psychology. I did my student teaching to children in foreign language, but I rapidly found that teaching is not for me. I lack the patience needed to have students grasp concepts well. My point here is: I applaud you and all other teachers. Little pay for lots of work, treated unfairly by parents who don't understand your challenges, students with behavioural problems, students with attention problems, teachers see it all.

Please continue writing, please continue teaching children. Learning critical thinking is becoming a lost art in a modern age filled with laziness of thinking and we need more teachers like you.

Author's Response: Annie already had a certain belief in everything magic, which contributed to her quick acceptance, as well as her lifelong desire to want to teach overseas. She really thought that even if it turned out to be a hoax, at least she would have gained a free trip to the UK. But it's hard not to believe McGonagall anyway, she just doesn't look like the type of person that would kid around. The main reason it happened so fast is because I wanted to get the fic out in time for Teacher's Day and so skimmed a few minor details. As I mentioned in other replies, I may consider going back to this and developing it, in which case I could spend more time on those minor details. So thank-you for pointing out this problem.

I love being an Australian teacher as we often grasp onto the latest and newest education ideas and I love the freedom we have when teaching the curriculum. And yes, patience is definitely a necessary trait to have when teaching. Teachers do go through a lot of stress for very little pay, it's no wonder the US, UK and Australia are all experiencing teacher shortages.

Writing and teaching have always been my passions and I will not be giving up either any time soon. Thank-you so much for your critique, your compliments and your review.


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