Just Another Teacher’s Diary: 08.05.2018

Breakfast and lunch: Two sunny-side up eggs, two cups of rice, one glass of milk, a handful of grapes

Weight: 70.5 kilograms – still around the spot that I want to be. However, I noticed that my size 34 pants aren’t as slim as they used to be.

When my students visited the faculty room on Friday, I was in for a nasty surprise.

Between the talks about their lives in high school and their new experiences, they said something that really struck a note inside me.

As a teacher, I consider myself as a firm follower of the principle that all students should be treated fairly and that discipline should be done in an appropriate way.

So, one day, Sir M, their teacher in high school, asked about their favorite teachers in the elementary department. Many chose a plethora of teachers (including me apparently), but then they also said something else…

Here’s the conversation between the students:

Student A: We like Sir Earl and (we consider him as one of our favorite teachers), but he is very strict.
Student B: He is not that strict, he is the most chill person –
Student C: You just get it off easily because he treats you and (another student) as his favorites.

I do not have an answer to this one.

Oh well.

I have 23 periods of teaching now. On paper, it just increased by one period.

In reality, it’s another year of challenges as I’m now responsible for ensuring that students would be able to get a good grasp of the English language from the get-go.

On one hand, I’m glad that I actually get the chance to do that. On another hand, I wonder if I could actually teach younger children properly; I’m more accustomed to teaching higher primary students.

Besides, there are other factors at play.

Holy crap. At least, I do not need to teach a lot after lunch, except for Thursdays where I get to teach seven periods during the day!

It’s interesting to see how children actually try to express themselves, regardless of the medium that they find themselves in.

Walking to school. Where are the buildings?

I asked my students to visualize the way they go to school (i.e. DRAW) and the results were quite interesting: Almost all, if not all the students have associated school with something that is positive.

And there’s one more:

All smiles on the way to school!

Overall, I’m happy that children think about school in a good way.

After all, this is going to be their home for the years to come!

That’s all for now!

Dinner: Two beef patties, two cups of rice, corn soup, one tangerine, fruit juice

I do not want to be extremely fat. I just realized that getting weight can also be a big liability – sometimes, my steps seem to be heavier than they should be!

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