Grades 6 and 7
Grades 8 and 9 (basically I just combined the two lessons - 6&7 and 8&9)
Grades 10 and 11
So I went back to the school for the first time in ten months. I was sooooooo nervous. But it was great! The kids remembered me and they, as per usual, screamed "HIIIIIIII!" or "HELLO". I saw ALOT of familiar faces.
So -- when I first walked in something was different. Well actually the whole school looked different. I was later told by the principal that the school had entered a "book"/project and via that, they had been chosen as one of 1,000 schools out of the country to be evaluated. So in other words, they had won the semifinals and gotten into the finals and now they are hoping to win the finals. I'm actually really confused on the details but that's what I have gathered so far.
Someone from Colombo is going to come and evaluate them so the school has been turned upside down and cleaned. I am actually surprised how much school time they are taking off to make sure their school looks pretty. However, I do admit, the school looks heaps better than last year.
On to more pressing matters, I did meet the principal. He was happy to see me and happy to hear that I would continue teaching. We decided I would teach Thursdays and Fridays from 1:40 to 4:40 each of those days; there will be three classes, each one hour long.
I honestly like that because, trust me, students won't want to have more than two days. So the likelihood that they will come is much higher.
So the first class will be grades 6-7, the next class will be grades 8-9, and finally the third class will be grades 10-11.
Classes will begin on June 23rd. We will not be beginning earlier because the 19th is the parade! Yes - exciting right? So it's a special date for Buddhists and because this school is so closely associated with the temple, they will be heavily participating in the parade.
The complication is that for the days before and the days after the parade, the school seems to be on hold for a bit. The parade takes priority. So starting classes would be useless because chances are no one will show up. The 23rd feels like a safe date. I am sooooo excited!!!
That's all for now,
So the end of school was a tornado. After all my finals I still got out with a 4.0! Then I took my first SAT Subject Test (Math II :) ) -- so I my schoolwork and exams kinda pushed themselves to the top of my priority list. Never fear! That is all over now! Well... not really - I still have giant PSAT workbooks and stuff BUT that won't be too bad. So I will be spending the majority of my time dedicated to my project.
So it's Saturday now I will be going to meet the principal/priest day after tomorrow and I will set up a couple days to work.
Until then I will be scrambling to put together the final touches on my 2016 curriculum - I am so excited (and nervous and freaking out and screaming on the inside).
There should be about three classes - one for beginner, intermediate, and then upper-intermediate. Beginner will be just vocab and phrases and then for intermediate I will add in some skits and finally for upper-intermediate I... am kind of lost. My initial plan was to do tenses (past, present, future) because the kids last year seemed really interested. But I am going to go in with an open mind and ask them what they want to learn.
So until then I will be sitting about working on my curriculum and applying like 8 coats of deodorant cuz it is HOT out here. (The electricity keeps shutting off - and when it does I basically find myself flopping around trying not to die of heat stroke).
Above is a peacock I saw on my way to the beach!
Hi! I'm Samalya. When I'm not running about cramming for school I sit on my laptop and (attempt to) make a curriculum to improve spoken English in rural Sri Lanka!