first week of teaching is over!!!!! (mostly)
I still have one class tomorrow afternoon of sixth graders, but so far I really love the sixth graders here so I’m really not all that worried about it.
The first day was so crazily hard. I only found out on monday that I would be teaching little kids, and I started on tuesday morning. I thought for sure up until monday that I was teaching high schoolers, so I was like, oh poop.
second graders: have like 0 attention span. one class of them is 30 minutes which is manageable, but the other is 40 minutes & it’s basically the worst. In my last class today, a little girl just started crying because her friend took something. after the whole class of my having to tell everyone to be quiet every 5 seconds I was just like, ok whatever.
fourth graders: my first day they were awful. I think it’s just that they were excited? chinese kids are quiet for their chinese teachers because they’re scared of them apparently. I think that after a while they’ll be quiet for me too. my second day I went in & told them rules & they actually listened a little better.
both of these grades get stickers. one sticker for one kid per class meeting, which is once a week. It seems to work so far! they see the kid who does get a sticker & want one & when I tell them to be good next week, they’re like YEAH OKAY.
It was a hard week, but I get to plan next week’s lessons this weekend & I think things can go a little better. If you want to help me (and have actually read all of this) send me good little kid songs!! songs with dances or anything that I can use for the young ones. I’m thinking of like, head shoulders knees & toes, the hokey pokey, I don’t even know. just little simple english ones like those that little kids can mimic & do in class.
I’ll post this weekend about my apartment & school & city and stuff! I really like the way it all looks, but I’ve been so busy with scrambling and teaching I haven’t even fully unpacked or cleaned! it’s crazy getting thrown right into teaching like I was.
I’m covered in mosquito bites.
updated contact information:
I can’t use Line chat, it won’t load here.
I can use:
kakaotalk: search for “junmuhuh”
email: ashleybakaitus @ gmail