I finally "taught" my first classes. I put that in quotations because it was the first class and the students did everything but learn! My first class was second grade and they don't like to stay in their seats. And they all love to talk at the same time. It was tough. Luckily, I have a co-teacher for that class who was able to help me keep them under control, somewhat. But all in all it wasn't as bad as it could have been. The next class was third grade and they were tougher than the second grade! Everyone wants to talk at once and they also love to get up and run around. And I don't have a co-teacher for them. It's just me and 23 little ones. For these first classes I was just trying to get an idea of what they understand and how well they can speak English. They're actually better than I had anticipated, which is a bit of a relief. I'm sure the next class will be better as I'll be more prepared and, hopefully, they'll be a bit less rambunctious.
Today was my first time with the seventh grade. I thought this would be a lot easier. Was I wrong! Getting them to talk to me was like pulling teeth! And I had them for 2 hours! I'm pretty sure it took a good hour and a half just to get them to open up and stop being shy. They can all speak English pretty well and can definitely understand most, if not everything, I was saying. The books for this class hasn't come in yet so I'm sure once I have a lesson plan, things will go much smoother.
To clear my head after school, I've been going for walks around the neighborhood. It's really quite beautiful in it's own way. I grab my camera and walk around for about an hour or so just shooting things I find interesting. I fee like a celebrity too because EVERYONE stares at me. A lot of people say hi and some people even stop their cars or roll down their windows to say hi. It's pretty funny. For all I know I'm the only white person around. At least I haven't seen any others. If I ever feel down, these people put a smile on my face. Some love having their pics taken and chase me down in order to take it. Here are some of those people and some other things I find interesting. I'll be going on another Jungle adventure this weekend to see some orangutans and who knows what else so you'll be seeing cooler stuff soon. Enjoy!