Now that the Freshman have finished their military training, I am teaching all nine of my classes. Three are writing classes, six are speaking classes. Add to that the two hours a week that I teach at the kindergarten, as well as six Chinese classes…and my schedule is pretty full. (Each class is two 45-minute segments with a five minute break in between.)
|8:00-8:45||听说||听说||English Writing1||听说||Pre-K 8:30-9:00|
|10:05-10:50||Oral English1||教程||English Writing2||读写||Oral English4|
|10:55-11:40||Oral English1||教程||English Writing2||读写||Oral English4|
|13:30-14:15||读写||AdvOral English||English Writing3||Oral English5|
|14:20-15:05||读写||AdvOral English||Pre-K 2:00-3:30||English Writing3||Oral English5|
|15:35-16:20||Oral English2||Oral English3|
|16:25-17:00||Oral English2||Oral English3|
I’ve taught the same speaking lesson four times already…and I’m starting to think I sound like a broken record.
When showing them a picture of my family, “I have two brothers. Do you think they are older or younger than me.” They all respond in chorus, “Olderrrrr!” Then I smile devilishly, “Noooo, they are both younger than me! I am the oldest, but I’m the smallest.” Cue the gasps and giggles.
I’ve been through this routine with all of my classes, and it’s starting to get a little old. I have to constantly remind myself that it is their first time hearing this joke, even though I feel super lame using the same punch lines every time. I’ve perfected my comedy routine with each subsequent class, and my jokes still seem to get laughs, but I can’t wait until I’m done with this round of self-introductions. It’s exhausting always trying to be the entertainer. I look forward to getting them speaking more. To borrow from our PiA training, I’m tired of being the sage on the stage, I want to be the guide on the side.