I know I’ll stay alive…
It is true, I survived my first week of teaching high school ESL and Scientific Knowledge. My students have been absolutely fabulous. They are motivated, clever, funny, and at least pretend they love science.
My first class I had them get in groups and define science. I told them they could either write out a definition, list words, or draw pictures. My favorite comment from my student Heinare was, “Science is crazy, and sometimes it makes us crazy”. Another student just said, ” mysterious and beautiful”. Another student just listed off different things that showed the application of science like, camera, iPhone, airplanes, etc. I was impressed, not one student looked it up in the dictionary or gave me a textbook definition.
A memorable moment was this conversation, while my boss was observing my classroom:
Me: Any other questions for today?
Student: Are you married?
Student: Can I ask you how old you are?
Me: I’m 23
Other student: (shoots her hand up in the air yelling) MY UNCLE IS SINGLE, and he’s only 7 years older than you!
Student: No, she should be with our head teacher, he’s the same age
This continued on with other students throwing in brothers, cousins, teachers. Finally someone said that maybe I should have a say in who I marry. Oh I suppose Im glad someone is looking out for my future.
Handeling schedule changes without notice, endless amount of rain, broken projectors, four classes on sunday evening, it is fair to say I survived.