My first three classes have ended, I’ve just eaten lunch, and I have an hour before I need to be back to finish out the day. And you know what? I’m not dead (yet)!
I woke up around 4 AM this morning and couldn’t get back to sleep. Whether that was from nerves or just general insomnia, I don’t know, but I won’t lie and say I wasn’t nervous going into today. We knew so little going into our first day of class. How many students would we have? How proficient would they be in English? Would they be well-behaved? By the time breakfast was over, I think that all of us teachers were resigned to whatever fate would come. In my case, I was pleasantly surprised!
I have 24 students of varying ages (the youngest being, I believe, 14) and varying proficiency. They seem generally kind, good-natured, and some of them are quite funny! When they made name tents, I told them that they must use their “English name” or their pinyin name, and so far, my two absolute favorite monikers are “Sherlock” and “Hydrogen.” Our first rule in the classroom is ENGLISH ONLY, and although they are definitely sneaking Chinese and occasionally forget themselves and speak it to me, they are doing pretty well at figuring out how to say what they need to say. Their vocabularies are not extensive, and I’m hoping that our word wall will help improve that, but despite being shy, they take corrections well and seem, for the most part, quite ready to learn.
What more could a girl ask for?
We’ve covered quite a bit in three class periods: everyone introduced themselves with the use of name tents; I presented my “about me” PowerPoint and received some nice giggles; they played classmate BINGO to varying degrees of success; and we played a variation of “Things” where I give them a category and they go down the rows listing as many things in that category as they can until they either repeat or can’t come up with one: at that point, we change categories.
They also had a chance to write out two questions on a sticky note: one question for me, and one question about America. I only answered four today, but some of my favorite questions thus far (with no grammar or spelling corrections) are:
- Why you look like so beautiful?
- Why are you have difference hair’s color?
- Do you have a boyfriend? What does he look like?
- Is Halley Queen [Harley Quinn] famous in American?
- Have you gun?
This will definitely be an interesting week!