To everyone celebrating in the US that is. Oddly enough, Thais don't find a need to celebrate a day where you dress up in scary and/or slutty costumes and knock on strangers' doors asking for candy. Needless to say, I did not celebrate Halloween today, but did teach some of my students about it!
Teaching. This was our third day of classes and it hits me every once in a while that I am a teacher. Theoretically I knew I was coming to Thailand to teach english, but I don't think I really thought of teaching as my profession. It my not be my lifelong profession, but when I stand up in front of these high schoolers, they think that I am actually a teacher. I have been thinking of my high school and junior high teachers a lot this week wondering if they ever felt like they were just faking it too. Probably not since they actually had to have credentials to teach.
wai (pronounced why) me every time they walk by. I'm totally into this respect your elders/betters thing.
The classrooms are very interesting. All of them that I have seen have a smart board, which is super high tech, but the room Eric has been teaching in isn't air conditioned and has termites that chew through the desks leaving saw dust on the floor. Others don't have A/C, but are in a little better condition.
The other teachers are super nice, friendly, and helpful so it makes teaching and working in the foreign language office very enjoyable. It's pretty awesome that you go teach a class or two (which I kind of think of as "going into character") and then come back to your office and maybe work on a lesson plan for next week or read or hang out and talk until your next class. I call it "going into character" since a big part of our job is simply keeping students entertained while also speaking english. I think I am doing a pretty good job as a teacher and it is really helpful working with Eric and Anna so we can share lesson plan ideas and strategies for keeping kids quiet.