Tuesday, November 23, 2010
First day at new School
Today was the first day at my new School QSCH. I am a bit sad that I have new students, but I do I enjoy the company and companionship that QSCH has to offer. This school offers another staff member from Shane English, which is very nice because previously, I worked alone and felt like a loner since most of the teachers cannot hold a conversation in English. Since Ann, an Australian is on leave for the week to attend a wedding, my good friend Andy has filled in for her. The school also provides the teachers with a Teachers Assistant to help regulate during class and escort you from class to class. My TA is named Lulu; she speaks decent English and seems to be very shy but from what I’ve seen is very nice. Unlike my other schools, the teachers are very young and some of them are actually pretty cute, many looking like they are in their 20's.
The classes I am teaching are now 45 minutes rather than 30, which will take some adjusting to. The students I teach are in grades 2 and 3. I have found thus far that I enjoy the younger kids (Preschool/ Grade 1) more because ironically enough, they are better behaved. These older kids are full of energy and are much larger and capable of creating more trouble and are not nearly as cute nor innocent. Since their personalities are starting to come out, some of them like to cause trouble.
During my classes, I spent the whole time getting to know the kids and trying to get a feel for what they are like. I introduced myself and asked them their ages and names, while also reviewing some old information that they should have learned. I feel that my classes went well but in a couple of them the kids were bad and I had to regulate. At first I was picking out kids individually and making them switch spots so that they would not be distracted but that didn't seem to work so I proceeded to make them stand in the corner. One by one students were being bad and thus I removed them from the circle in which I was teaching to. The Chinese teachers were not having any of it and were slapping their wrist and yelling at them but found humor in the situation after they dealt with about a quarter of the class. After awhile it eventually turned into a game to see how many kids would get in trouble. Overall I have found that today was a good day. While I know it will take some adjustments, I think I will like it here.