Trip Start Sep 17, 2011
14Trip End Jul 19, 2013
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"Hello Teachah Josh! :-D"
"Hello ___, how are you today?"
"I'mfinethankyouandyou?" If asked how they were, all the kids and even some grown-ups would automatically respond like this without variation.
The lesson got started. It seemed mostly in line with what I'd read about Taiwanese cram school classes on the interwebs. The kids were divided onto two teams with silly names and earned or lost points throughout the lesson depending on their performance. The winning team at the end got to pick from a small prize box filled with Angry Bird stickers and these POG-shaped collectable metal disks I never learned the name of. The first half was a rapid-fire series of language games like something out of Mario Party, the second half was usually quiet bookwork and reading. English cram school is extra-curricular so the fun and games quotient tends to be high. More draconian measures are reserved for "Chinese School" (regular public day school.)
My turn came up. We did the reading and bookwork. The lil ones were remarkably efficient.
No cusses? No protests? No one got into a fight? Is going from "Mister!" to "Teachah!" a promotion? I guess so. It wouldn't stay this easy, but for a first day the career of Teachah Charlie was off to a non-shabby start.
Some popular team names the kids came up with:
Team Angry Birds
Team Super Junior (a K-Pop boy band)
Team Super Mario Galaxy
Team Super Mario Galaxy II
Team Super-Super Mario Galaxy
Team Lady Gaga
Team Justin Bieber
Team Baby Baby
Team Jeremy Lin
I'm sure "Team Gangnam Style" has been added since.