Maestra es loca.

Am I crazy?  I was excited about this, right?  This is where all you people who told me this would be hard can say, “I told you so.”  This might be the hardest teaching experience I have ever had… AND it’s the first day…

Please understand that I am not going to quit, when I say the next part:  Today I wanted to quit.  I actually sat there as most of my kids talked to their friends, and I thought, “I can’t do this.”  Then I went to a meeting where I met the mothers of my students.  They were furious with the school because the classes were mixed up, and the boys were all moved around.  I was literally sweating as I watched them–all decked out to the nines, looking like the Real Housewives of Tuxtla.  Then, something magical happened, and they loved me.  Hopefully that continues throughout the school year all the way to July (sheesh!  That’s late!)

Soooo, now I am sitting at the computer wondering what the heck I am going to do with fifty (Yes, I am crazy…) kids tomorrow.  Fifty kids who I am literally speaking in another language to them…  I remember saying things like that, “They look at me like I am speaking another language!”  I decided today that I am going to find pictures for everything: BE QUIET (I do know this in Spanish…), sit down, floor, chair, take a break, book, listen, talk, pretend (or act), etc.  I also think I am going to either have to give some kind of rewards (which I don’t agree with) or consequences (which I can’t explain–and that doesn’t seem fair).  I guess they will soon learn, huh?

Oh, the other thing is that it sounds like I have parrots all day.  They mock everything I say in English, and laugh at everything I say in Spanish.  Granted, I also realized that I mock people when they speak in Spanish too.  It’s like my tongue has to try on the words to see how they fit.  (Am I a nerd for really loving the personification in that last sentence?)

I need a massage to get rid of this knot in my neck.  Someone, please?

9 responses

  1. What a challenge:-) Don’t worry, the Real Housewives will keep loving you and so will the kids. The picture thing is a great idea! It will be like a game to them. I knew a teacher once who held up her arms in a point and said “asparagus” when she wanted to quiet them. It worked like a charm! Make them say it in English and then you can mock them! (just kidding, of course… well sort of:-)

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  3. You can do it. Take a deep breath and remember that you’ll make it to the end of the day. Laugh along with them, and remember why you’re there.

    I’m looking forward to hearing more about your experiences. In fact, I’m passing along the Versatile Blogger Nomination to you. http://wp.me/p1J4vk-c0 Hope tomorrow is a better day!

  4. This sounds so fun and exciting! I know you’re nervous, but I’m sure you’ll do wonderfully. This is so neat – I’m actually envious of your experience! Much success to you 🙂

    • Thanks so much! It’s really a great experience, but Whew! It is tough! I am really glad I got a job here and not in Thailand or Russia–the little Spanish I know comes in handy!

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