Yesterday was a good day.
I started the week off feeling very overwhelmed after observing the English classes. The observations were to assess where the students were in their English Speaking. There is, to say the least, a lot of work to do.
Last week I went to a camp with the Matayom students from Thursday – Saturday. It was… a lot. I had little, if anything, to do besides sit on my phone because I didn’t understand much being said; aside from the 10 minute activity that I was told to do.
When it was time to do the activity I had planned it fell flat because there were 40 students and barely any of them wanted to participate in speaking. So I came home last week feeling a little defeated and wondering if I was going to even make a difference here in Thailand.
But then yesterday happened:
I taught grades P2, P3, P6 and M3 (the equivalent to Grades 2, 3, 6 and 9). And it was… amazing! I taught Feelings to the younger grades, (How are you? I am… Great. Good. Ok. Hungry.. etc. etc). I taught He/She and His/Her to M3 with some Question and Answer practice, too (What is your name? How old are you? Where are you from?).
Introducing the content always starts off kind of static. But, once we get into the practice and we start playing games that help them practice the content in a fun and interactive way, the whole mood of the class switches. We had so much fun! As class went on the students got more comfortable and spoke English a lot more. It was amazing to see them open up and have fun all while learning.
My school was prepping to spray for mosquitoes yesterday and some of the workers walked by the classroom when we were in the middle of a game and watched and laughed right along with us. It was an awesome feeling to bring laughter and joy into the classroom.
I then went home after my fun day of teaching and did some yoga, meditated and felt amazing at the end of the day. It has been a while since I’ve felt this way, I tend to come home exhausted from the day’s events even though I’ve just started teaching this week.
The student’s energized me yesterday, they gave me so much life! I’m starting to see my place in this community. Slowly but surely I think I will be able to make a difference.
Class may never start on time. We may have to practice the same content for a week’s time. You may have a hard time communicating with your counterpart… and realistically, it may take a whole year to see a tiny bit of progress.. but you know what? That’s okay. Every little smile, sentence spoken, laugh… every little step counts towards this goal. You’re going to be okay. You’re going to make a difference. 🙂
Until next time,
Peace, Love & Smiles