Thursday, March 03, 2005

So there was this really scary situation... a lady came up to us and asked us if we could come teach at her school from 1-2:30 on Thursdays. Well we alrady teach 3 classes on Thursdays, and one of them starts at 3:00, so there's not really any way we could teach that class, since it takes about 20-30 minutes to get to San Min. Hope tried to very tactfully tell the lady that we already had a very full schedule, and that that time would not work for us. Well she wouldn't take no for an answer and kept insisting that her school needed us. Finally she informed us that she was a very important person in the community, and that if we didn't come to teach at her school, she would make sure our friend (one of our main coordinators here in Yuli) Coco got fired! At this point we had NO idea what to say or do, but fortunately Liz and Phil arrived and as we were beginning to explain the situation to them, I woke up.....
whew I think I was a little stressed out to dream about such a situation!

ANYWAYS.... everything's ok, our Jr. High class was cancelled today because the school wasn't quite prepared for us yet. Which gave us a nice afternoon to prepare for class and relax a little. It's been raining a lot this week, which is kinda yucky. Anyways, our adult class went much better than expected, though I was really suprised that I only knew a few of our students! The opening ceremony wasn't too dreadful, and there weren't reporters. We didn't have to give speeches, and were able to start promptly at 7:30. The seemed really impressed with our activities, and even more so with the concept of self-evaluation... what a big cultural difference there. In Canada we're taught that self-evaluation is a really important part of the learning process, here they are taught that only the teacher should be giving out evaluations! Anyways, most of the students wanted to be in the "beginner" class because they were afraid the other would be too difficult! Anyways, it balanced out by the end, and I'm really looking forward to teaching this class, even though it is really big! I think we had 39 students today, though something like 53 signed up! Anyways, I'm feeling good about the next few days, and it's almost the weekend! Yay!

2 comments:

  1. so creeeeepy!!
    that's one of those dreams that'd give me shivers and I'd be trying to shake off for at least half the day.
    But! I'm glad it was only a dream.

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  2. and btw I like the new commenting set up! Much better than having to navigate through 2 seperate windows...

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