Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Q1 Exam Week

It is our first quarter exam week. The students are obviously not pleased about it but for me as a teacher, I get to at least relax my voice box during class time this week because I get to invigilate tests. So far all the feedback I get from the tests I gave were all positive--they thought it was not too hard and not too easy manufactured homes.

Then what made my day was when one of my kindergarten (K2) kid's mom came to especially thank me for teaching the kids. I didn't know that my teaching created students eagerness to learn Chinese by themselves. All I know and heard were comments about how it is hard to learn the language and how little time we have to learn in school. Nevertheless, this mom told me that the son suddenly started lifting up his tiny fingers and started counting from 1 to 10 in Chinese. Yes, I did taught them how to say 1 to 10 in class but that was it and we didn't even say hi to 11. Yet the mom told me that he actually wanted to learn how to count all the way up to 100. This is not unusual but consider this boy has no interest in learning anything...and the mom was actually surprised that he wanted to learn more Chinese words. He also taught the mom how to say "I love my dad, mom, sister, etc" using the actions we did in class! Great!

The joy of being a teacher!

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