Teaching the Teacher

Trip Start Aug 22, 2012
Trip End Jul 24, 2013

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La Buena Tierra

Flag of Mexico  , Central Mexico and Gulf Coast,
Monday, September 24, 2012



Meter (Espanol)- Pronounced: Meh-tehr

To Put in (English)

There is no special reason for this "Word of the Day" selection, other than the fact that I constantly confuse it with another verb (poner: to put on). Speaking of verbs, today was my first day observing and teaching at the school, La Buena Tierra.

Here is a shout out to my past Spanish teachers who I majorly under appreciated: Flaspolar, Trianna, Obrian, Ruch. I was not their most apt pupil, but now I hope to follow their footsteps. 

I went in to today with a slight feeling of anxiety, feeling unprepared for teaching. Thankfully my director has set me up to observe (mostly) this week. After some yogurt and Tai-chi with the pre schoolers I was feeling at peace with the world. Of course, my fellow teachers were very gracious as I observed their classes and conversed with their kids. Though it was a nice day, it was a tiring one. By two a clock I was ready to take my first siesta since I'd arrived in Mexico. And siesta I did. To my chagrin there was to be a tutoring sessions later in the afternoon for students that do not attend the school. By tutoring session, it was implied to be my first class. I figured this little fact out ten minutes in after discovering that no one had any home work.I am not a pro at teaching English as a second language but I do know one thing: movement is key. Moving around the classroom is probably more important for me than it is the student. So, I started teaching basic verbs in the fashion of Total Physical Response (TPR). I was quite impressed at the level of engagement and respect that the students showed. Of course my Spanish is far from good, nay- far from acceptable, but the kids held nothing against me. 

Tomorrow I'll bring some TPR back with a verb ball, some bingo, and of course personal pronoun labels taped to the back of every kid in class. I'll probably do some more observing, move some tables, and of course trying not to look lost. 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ikZY6XpB214  (A really good video on TPR)

The most difficult part of my day was trying to explain why learning English was important. With my limited vocab, all that came out was "Do you think it's important? There is not a lot of white guys (guerros) walking around on the streets in Cuernavaca. Only me."  I also told them you don't know when you're going to use it. I certainly never thought I'd be living in a Spanish speaking country.  

A young boy who emphatically calls himself Charlie, because that's how you say his name in English, gave me at least one reason why he wants to learn Spanish.  Charlie's dad lives in Canada and speaks English. He wants to speak English when he sees his father. I want Charlie to be ready when he is reunited with his dad. Charlie and I, along with all of the students at La Buena Tierra, are going to have a good year.

Much Love. 

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