miércoles, 19 de septiembre de 2007

Jumping Right In...

Well, I survived my first 2.5 days of teaching! Not only did I survive, but things went much better than I expected! Other than a bit of a troublesome 4 hour class yesterday (the computers are so old and outdated, I couldn't figure out how to turn half of them on!), here are some highlights...

1. my students only laughed once at my pronunciation during roll call on the first day
2. turns out I DO know enough spanish now to communicate decently (and the girls don't show even a tiny bit of frustration when I ask them to repeat their question for the 4th time!)
3. throughout my day, I have a nice balance of 13-14 year old girls and first grade girls - sooo different, but both so fun!
4. it finally dawned on me that all of the pressure I've been feeling to know spanish and be an amazing teacher is only pressure I've been putting on myself - everyone, adults and children, is so understanding and welcoming. The fact that they are entrusting me with my own classes when they KNOW that I am not a teacher nor fluent in their language shows how confident they are in me - and I'm starting to feed off of that.
5. In my adult class (proving to be one of my favorite times of the day), one lady called me "Kinky" on the first day...haha, all the volunteers in the room were laughing pretty hard, so we had to try to explain to them what kinky means...the name saga continues!
6. although I don't think I've really taught my students a whole lot yet, I really feel like I am part of something significant and worthwhile here. Just walking around during the day, hearing kids yell my name (or some version of it), and being greeted by administrators, I am no longer a gringo just hanging in Ecuador. I live here. I work here. I have a place here.

I guess those highlights turned out to be less about actually teaching and more about the insights I've had since beginning to teach...but now that I've finally started doing what I came here to do, and the anticipation is over, my attitude and perspective has shifted a bit. On that note, I have to take the bus to the downtown center now for my 5pm adult class! As always, I have so much more to write, but not enough time, darnit! Thanks for reading, and thanks to those who have been sending thoughts and prayers and messages (and mail, Jill! my first package! yay!).

Love, Keely

4 comentarios:

Janet dijo...

Hi Keely, if this test works, I'll write more..... Janet (from Green Bay)

Janet dijo...

Hey, love it when technology works! Your mom passed on your blogg url and I read every word of it! Of course I had to start from the bottom up. Boy you've come along way since those days on Pontiac Circle!! I enjoy your detail - kinda feels like I'm right there with you, except for the fact no one around here speaks spanish! Is there a web site that has more info about your program or village? I'd like to learn more! Keep on bloggin' and be safe! Oh, and Go Pack!

DAD dijo...

HELLO KEELY,
DAD

DAD dijo...

HELLO AGAIN KEELY,
I AM HAVING TROUBLE GETTING THIS TO WORK.THAT LAST MESSAGE WAS A TEST.TRY THIS WITH YOUR COMPUTER.
USE IT ON A TABLETOP SO AIR CAN GET IN THROUGH THE BOTTOM.YOUR COOLING FAN IS NOT WORKING SO YOU NEED TO COOL IT THAT WAY.IT WONT GET MUCH COOLING AIR IF YOU ARE USING IT ON YOUR LAP OR YOUR BED.
HOPE THIS HELPS UNTILL WE CAN REPLACE THE FAN.
WE HAD FUN AT THE JOHHNIES GAME,
BUT MISSED YOU.ITS VERY DIFFERENT AT THE GAMES WITHOUT YOU AND YOUR FRIENDS.
LOVE YOU AND MISS YOU,
DAD