God Liked My Status but Left No Comment

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

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Flag of Mexico  , Central Mexico and Gulf Coast,
Monday, October 15, 2012

The woorddd of the day!

Twitter- Pronounced Tu Eeter In Spanish. This took me some time to figure out.

Here I am in the swing of things. I teach grades 1-5, two times a week. I also have three tutoring sessions with a group of middle schoolers who live in the area. Then of course there is the twenty minute session I have with the preschoolers on Fridays. It's the shortest class, and probably the most fun. I spend the time that I'm not teaching at school (which is  about 70%) writing lessons, watching Youtube videos about creative teaching methods, and educating myself on English language acquisition. 

My classes all have their own personalities. Each one I enjoy for some reason or another. At the end of the day, I just want to do right by these kids and my fellow teachers. Though I'm coming out of the thick of things, my first two weeks were a time of exploration. I just wasn't sure as to which direction I should go and where I should start. I found myself sitting at a lunch table thinking to myself "I don't have anything I need". By anything, I meant knowledge, visual and reading material, direction etc etc. Then out of desperation, I did what I thought could surely help. Post my problem on Facebook. 

My status read "I just need a simple curriculum for ELLs (English Language Learners).". And then the thought hit me, I should probably say a prayer on this one. I let the idea pass as I jokingly told myself, God can read Facebook if He wants .

 In reference to my status, a  few comments of agreement and encouragement popped up on my news feed, but alas no curriculum. Two hours later, school ended and I sat waiting for the parents to arrive for their children.  Suddenly, I see one of the dads wheeling a big box, and I hear the school secretary telling me to come over. Immediately I hoped the box was full of some delicious Mexican food, maybe enchiladas or tortas. You never know what kind of tasty treats you will come across on the streets of Mexico. After listening to the man for a moment, I realized that the box was full (and I mean full) of English books for Spanish students, visual aids for bulletin boards, tapes, and so much more. Apparently the box used to belong to a long time English teacher from a local middle school. She must have been some what of a pro because there are pamphlets on English Ed in Mexico dating to the mid nineties (there are also tons of floppy discs). 

So now, I have this old, wonderful, bursting box of material that will help my students as well as myself to learn throughout this whole year. Call this what you may, (coincidence, a Facebook Miracle, God's sense of humor) but it certainly was helpful. The way I look at it, I always have just what I need. And for that I am so very thankful. What do you do when you have so much of something? You share the wealth, of course. For now, keep me in your thought and prayers, so that I may continue to teach, and continue to learn.

Peace and Love
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