Today was my first day of teaching! All of my students are ages 12 to 14. Something to know: Shuren is mostly a private school, but there is a public school section which serves children of a nearby village called Bali. Today I had three classes. My first class today was a public school class with more than fifty students. I presented some exercises I thought to be simple enough for their language level, but unfortunately I didn’t realize they hardly understood anything I was saying. They were a little bit unruly too, which was a little daunting. I hardly accomplished anything with them.
However, my last two classes were from the private school and the difference was noticeable immediately. They were more enthusiastic about attending school in general and were very obedient (as obedient as 13-year-olds can be, mind you). I was very impressed with these groups and both classes did very well with my lesson plan (which I tweaked a little after gauging their language level). I had a lot of fun with those classes and they were so kind to me. When the bell rang they moaned, “Noooo, don’t go! Don’t go! We will miss you! We love you!” It was so sweet. I am actually over being nervous now and very excited to continue teaching these bright students and plan on changing my lessons to a more fitting level for the public school students so I can accomplish more with them. I can’t wait to see how their English improves and experimenting with different teaching methods! It’s like an art form and I can’t wait to lift my pen.