Was I in Taiwan? I couldn't tell.
18.10.2009 - 25.10.2009
I had my first real week of teaching last week. I used to love school. I show up each day and teachers would entertain me with new stories, problems, and games. What a blast! Sit back and enjoy the ride. It must be even better to be a teacher. Right?....
Ahhhhh. Talk about trying to keep your head above water! An endless amounts of tasks thrust upon me. Having to learn instantly how to teach kindergarten, elementry, junior high, and high school kids all at once. Not easy. And here, I don't know how they do it in the U.S., but office supplies are all on you. Well, they give you books and a copier with paper. Where's white out? Where's some scissors? Where's Office Max?!!!!
Kindergarten? Govinator, I feel you! "Its not a Tumor!" No, its a brain aneurism. I hope it gets better.
First day of class was an experience. I had 3 year olds. These guys have just learned to speak chinese (and wipe their bottoms... well, most of them) and now I’m teaching them english?! What? Well, c’est la vie. Has to happen sometime. I can’t believe they’re entrusting me to do it. I’ve had to zoom back to all my sesame street lessons to get it. Count? Cookie Monster? How blessed to have you in my life. Oscar the Grouch? I understand.
They say ask a lot of questions. I have this one guy that works there that is a guy straight from a British comedy. A lot to say, confident in is execution, but in 10 minutes of talk doesn't say anything. Of course, he always has advice. I think that chewed up a lot of time. After asking many questions, and a lot of verbose, superfluous, round about, useless answers that would not answer the question I asked.
I would say that's why people say "just do your best." No one knows the real answer. They can only sense what is really wrong. That's cool. Enjoy the inner voice.