You know how when it's the first day of school and you're the new kid everybody points and stares and occasionally laughs at you? Well, working at two schools means that I had two first days this year. So I had twice as many kids pointing and laughing, twice as many awkward introductions, and twice as many opportunities to put my foot in my mouth with my bad Chinese. To top it off, I'm very clearly a 外國人 (foreigner), so, as Siena told me repeatedly, I wasn't just imagining that everyone was talking about me. Of course, the good thing about having two first days is that I got to see twice as many friendly new faces that will (hopefully) turn into twice as many new friends.
Anyhow, the week started out a little shaky due to my nerves and this:
But that just meant that things could only get better, right?
|Thanks to Typhoon Nanmadol, school was canceled on Monday|
|Life at Dong Sing is pretty good. I really like my co-teacher, Siena and, despite the language barrier, I've started making a few friends in the office. Plus I have my own desk! Check it out, I'm like a real adult with a real job:|
And here's my English classroom, where all the magic happens:
Because it's a smaller school, I'm teaching all the grades, 1-6, at Dong Sing. So far, I've met the 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders. I don't get to meet the 1st, 2nd, and 6th graders until Monday. Of course all the kids are adorable.
School #2: Pei Cheng Elementary
|David, my co-teacher, by the English classroom's fancy smart-board|
|One of my new classes. Listening with rapt attention, of course.|