It has only been a week so far in my classroom, but I am enjoying it. I have TRULY learned how to be patient, and calm as I teach and every step. I would say that I have always considered myself a patient teacher, but this year, I am completely conscience of every word I speak, and the tone that I speak it in. Moving to a new country is scary enough; all I want to do is give these students a loving environment in which to learn. Several of the ESL kids hardly speak at all. Most are capable, but not confident enough. However, every once in a while one of them will share a story with the class in their ever so quiet voices, and my heart just beams with joy. Every morning, sweet little Jessica from cambodian, the size of a 4 year old walks in first every morning with her two beautiful long braids-- she's so quiet that I almost forget she's there! Her sweet face and demeanor show me that I am in the right classroom.
I don't have a built in webcam on my computer, but I plan to get a new one soon, and when I do we are going to be "virtual" penpals with a friend of mine from San Diego who is from Peru, and now living there. I thought that it would be fun for the kids to ask him questions about what kids do in his country. I am always looking for new ideas, so if you have one, please send it my way!
I will keep you updated on the year as it goes by!
“There are hundreds of languages in the world, but a smile speaks them all.”
Here are a few articles about the refugee population, as I wondered myself why there were so many refugees in Cincinnati: