Two-month of teaching...and quite a while of not blogging...

Well, I said in my previous post that I'd be keeping you up-to-date regularly. It has now been over a month since my first post, so evidently that was a lie! I'd really like someone to explain where the time has gone because I do not know. Almost all my time has been happily occupied with teaching. It's been the most fulfilling, challenging, and rewarding thing I have ever done.

I was honestly quite surprised at how exhausting it is. With every lesson I feel I use every drop of energy from every fiber in me. When you are faced with thirty or more little faces starring up at you your body goes into a weird crazy clown mode. Your face suddenly morphs into a permanent massive smile and your limbs start flying around uncontrollably as you punctuate every word or phrase with actions. To any adult around I must look like I've lost my mind, but it's worth it if while the kids are laughing you can slip in some English without them noticing.


To say our timetable was busy would be an understatement. In a week I teach 3 hours of kindergarten, an hour every day with Second, Fourth, Fifth and Sixth grade, 4 hours a week with seventh, 1 hour with Eighth, 2 hours each with Tenth and Eleventh and we’ll soon begin 4 hours a week with adults. Overall that comes to around 37 hours of teaching each week, not to mention we will be starting a two hour Youth club every week after Semana Santa.


This may sound like a lot but there is an amazing buzz that you get from teaching which keeps me powering through. The feeling is not one I've experienced before. There is an elevating energy you get from a great lesson, a child telling you they can’t wait for their next lesson, or just a smile as they leave the class. No matter how exhausted you may feel, suddenly you are recharged and ready to do it all over again.


Another surprise has been the amount of work to be done outside of the actual classroom. As we are the primary schools only English teachers we have responsibility of their curriculum. Therefore, we can choose what we feel are the most important topics to cover and can adapt the curriculum to tie in international days or social themes. This responsibility has been empowering and helped embolden us as we propose new activities we'd like to provide for the community such as adult classes and a youth club.


And then there is lesson planning... I’d like to take a moment to thank all the amazing teachers I’ve ever had and the effort they must have made after a day’s work to write all their lesson plans. Making them is not too hard however the sheer quantity can sometimes make you dizzy. I must say, though, planning activities has made me into a bit of a Pinterest master. I feel my out-of-the-box thinking has certainly developed as I’ve had to adapt and come up with weird and wonderful games and activities to consolidate learning.

Finally and most importantly of all, our kids. Chloe and I affectionately reference to them as ‘ours’ or ‘mine’ because it’s impossible not to feel that each one of them has taken a little place in your heart. Also we are fiercely protective of them and often descend into arguments about who’s kids are the best (of course, it’s mine). Our kids are ab
ove all incredibly loving. Our classroom sits right next to the hall and at break times it is literally impossible to walk from the hall to our classroom which out around ten hugging human barriers in your path. They just love to come and have a chat or look over your shoulder as you do your work.

One of my favourite parts of the school day is break time, and not because it’s a break from lessons, I promise. It’s because all the students descend on the English classroom as soon as the bell rings. I like to think it because they find it a fun place to be, but the fact we have hula hoops, books and Uno may have an influence. So as we prepare for our next lesson we are always swarmed by kids showing us story books and asking what something means or how to play a particular game or even just how are you. How else would you want to spend a break time? :)

Now I’m not making any promises but I should have time to post some more this week explaining more about the kindergarten, primary school, secondary school and adult classes as well as the Honduran education system in general. So watch out...









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  1. You really bring your experience so close despite the thousands of miles distance. Keep up the good work. Proud of you as always. xx

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