Monday, October 17, 2011

Back to school. . .

Smiling faces, voices calling "Teacher!", enthusiastic singing, curious stares at my sunburned face, rice and curry for every meal, the hum of crickets -- these are just a few of the things that tell me that I am home.

Today was another day filled with exercises, teaching, writing lesson plans, washing laundry, and so much more. Each day in the classroom is different, yet the same. I start out with fifth grade, and there I only get through part of what I was planning on teaching since if often seems over their heads. However, they rarely goof off, so we're making progress. It has been a challenge for me to say things in a way that they can understand, but I do think they have made quite a bit of progress.  It doesn't help that I am pretty clueless as to what they already know.

Sixth grade is a very different story. It is my biggest class, has the students that goof off the most, and seems to have the widest range of levels. On top of that there is a lot of noise in the school building which makes for a very difficult time of hearing what my very soft spoken girls are saying. (The guys don't have a problem speaking up when I don't ask them to speak.) All of that combined with an inexperienced teacher that is still figuring out how to teach such a class can make for a very confusing lesson. At this point, I am still working on my methods for maintaining some order, but at least I don't have all fifty some that were in fifth grade last year. . . :)

The thought that seventh grade is next always makes me smile. They are the class that ended up outside of the school building since we didn't have enough room for all eight grades. They are in a nice quiet place near the creek, which means I can hear them and they can hear me.Those kids certainly don't lack enthusiasm and interest. With all of those nice things and the fact that by the time I get there I have a much better idea of how to teach the lesson, that class is probably getting the best education.

Eighth grade is the class that is most likely to run me out of things to teach. They have a pretty good handle on a lot of things, and they really have quite a vocabulary. The challenge is coming up with activities to get them to use the language. Maybe because it is the fifth and last of the regular class periods that they also seem to be rather sleepy.  In any case, they are doing great, and my hope is to help them all get to a point where they are comfortable actually using what they know.

If you really want to know what it's like, you'll just have to come visit me. Just be ready to help with the teaching. I would love to have someone to demonstrate conversations with. :)

     And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ's sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong. --2 Corinthians 12:9-10


  1. you seriously want someone to help you with teaching? I'll come! :D ;)

  2. Why would I say "No"? Of course, I would love to have you teach with me!

    Somehow that doesn't work when we aren't even in the same country. I guess we'll just have to do it long distance. . . :D