If we were having coffee, I’d start off by saying IT’S SO GOOD TO SEE YOU (really slowly and overly enthusiastically, too, because I’ve been Teacher Britta for the past two days and Teacher Britta talks really slowly and really enthusiastically….and really loudly).
If we were having coffee, I’d tell you all about how this has undoubtedly been the longest and most rewarding week of my life.
Thailand. Teaching English. This is where I need to be. What I need to be doing. And I’m SOO glad this is my life.
If we were having coffee, I’d tell you about language camp. And preparing for language camp. As part of my TESOL course, all the teachers must participate in a two day language camp where we teach to actual Thai students for the FIRST TIME EVER. We were put into groups of two or three and while one of us teaches, the other one or two of us observes and lends a hand if necessary.
The past week has consisted of preparing for language camp. Preparing lesson plans, revising lesson plans, performing practice lesson plans, rushing to the printer, rushing for school supplies, rushing to revise lesson plans. Up at 6, to bed at midnight.
Yup, it’s been a long week.
Despite the crazy busy, we still found some time to relax…and oh, did we cherish that time.
If we were having coffee, I’d tell you about how I woke up on the first day of language camp feeling sick to my stomach. As the day progressed, I felt worse and worse. I pushed through teaching three classses of 6, 7, and 8 year olds (a rowdy, but energetic bunch), and absolutely CRASHED when I got home. I ended up having a fever that night and spent the whole rest of the day in bed (aside from the twenty minutes when I was rushing to finish my lesson plan for the next day). Needless to say, these constant going, going, going has NOT been kind to my body. Still managed to get through six classes in two days, though, AND as a first time teacher!
If we were having coffee, I’d tell you about how much I love this teaching business. I was in the Pratom classrooms (the Thai version of elementary/primary school) both days and taught all six years. Across the board (well, at least at this school), the Thai students are so kind. The respect they have for their teachers is unbelievable. The energy they have is unbelievable. Of the six classes that I taught over the course of two days, only one of them was really unmanageable…and that was partly because I had so low energy and felt so unwell at that point that I kind of lost my way in keeping them under control. It was also partly because I AM new to this teacher business and actually being in the classroom is a HUGE learning curve.
I know I’m going to love this job and I can’t wait until I get to my placement (which is still unknown) so I can develop relationships with my actual students.
Oh yeah, these kids also LOVE taking selfies.
Many of my fellow teachers are going out tonight, but I’m having a much needed night in…especially since I’m still recovering from my upset stomach/general sickness. It’s going to be an early night for me!
If we were having coffee, I’d be about ready to pass it off to you…and I’d ask you, what do you have to share over coffee?
This post is part of the Weekend Coffee Share link up at Part Time Monster.