i suppose everyone deserves an update of the last four months but i will warn you.. there's not much.
i am still working at l&b out here in little ol' talara and things are going well. my classes are wonderful and they really have become such a great community. every class is strikingly different and has changed significantly since i first started.
the only class that is still the same is my first class, with my 11 year olds. i still have the same students in that class and i have grown so attached to them. they call themselves the "junior stars" and i have a (quite beautiful, if i may say so myself) progress chart on the wall where they put light or dark blue stars under the days depending on if they were late and how class went (light blue for excelling in fluency, and dark blue for grammar) which they adore.
the next class, i teach 12-16 year olds an advanced class. a lot of these kids shouldn't be advanced, but it seems to be one of those classes where age is more important than level. they were known as the "bad" kids who couldn't focus in class, who talked back, etc by one of the other teachers, but i have had zero problems with them. they are wonderful and we have TONS of fun during class. their exams last month SUCKED, but one thing at a time is what i'm trying to focus on, ahaha.
then i have 13-14 year olds in a REAL advanced class (and i call it real because they are actually using the adult advanced book and followed the adult path, rather than my other class who started as kids kids with very different books) and thats a lot of fun. it's difficult to teach, especially because i am much more comfortable and familiar with the elementary and pre-intermediate levels (for reference, it goes: beginner, elementary, preintermediate, intermediate, upper intermediate, advanced, then book study and graduation) so the content is tough tough tough, but we have a good time. theyve REALLY warmed up to me, so they ask really great questions and get really involved in the class which is great. great class.
then i have an elementary adult class which is just WONDERFUL. there are six of them and they are a little family. we are going for "christmas" dinner on the 18th before i leave as well as secret santa. theyre in that really great stage where they're still absorbing so much but still can't really formulate it in their head and spit it out, but they're on the cusp. i'm expecting by march to have chatterboxes. i will be bringing pictures home, i promise.
my last class is (shhh) my favourite class. as my last class of the day, they make my life so easy. i teach them pre-intermediate and they are the sweetest students in the entire universe. they are so innately curious, friendly, kind, and calm. they really are such a great way to close my night and i ALWAYS leave with a huge smile. it's also my biggest class and i am very very very attached to these students.
this week we made our new years resolutions and put them up on the wall. i love doing little activities like that and i especially love showing their work off. the adults were a little shy at first when i started putting their work up, but now they can't wait to get the tape and put it up. yup. who's good?
my life outside the classroom is wonderful too. still haven't made many friends here, but i am still so connected with my friends from back home that i'm not too worried. aldo and i are still dating and things are going wonderfully. we celebrated our six month recently, so things are going well!
and about the future.. you'll have to ask me when i'm home! i arrive the night of the 20th and leave the morning of the 30th! WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! I CAN'T WAIT. I AM GOING TO HUG ALL OF YOU AND PROBABLY CRY AND EAT SOOOOOOO MUCH FOOD. only eleven more sleeps. i am beyond pumped. wayyyyy beyond pumped. and don't worry.. i am bringing home little treats! email me if you want to book some time with me! it's going to be a whirlwind of a trip, but make sure you let me know if you have any special requests please!
and that's it! i'll see you soon!