It’s hard to believe the end of the term is already here! I can still think back to the start of the school year…excitement in the air, fresh faces running around, and all the time in the world. It’s scary how fast the weeks come and go these days!
I’ve never really done many big party things with my students until today. I spoke with one of my students’ moms over the course of the week and she helped me arrange to have pizza delivered! I think she let the cat out of the bag, as a couple of the kids were yelling for pizza as soon as I walked in the classroom.
It wasn’t easy to arrange for me…so was super happy with my students mom delivered the pizza herself! Unfortunately, I missed her, as I was in the office wondering when the pizza might be come. I was deathly afraid something might go wrong and I’d have to see looks of disappointment on those little faces! Luckily everything went through without and hiccups.
Today was a nice, casual day to celebrate all the kids’ hard work. I’ve seen some major improvement in some students–Nan and Good come to mind. I can see their hard work is paying off and less and less shy and timid behavior. Rather, there seems to be a new confidence that’s awesome to see!
Of course, I’m happy as well to have a bit of a break. As much as I love the students and Thida, I’ve been feeling a little bit worn down. I am excited to have some time to get away and enjoy some rest and relaxation. I plan to go to Cambodia next week alone to explore and think about how I might improve my class next term. After 1.5 years together, ideas and games can become stale…and I’ve always prided myself on having fun in the room! My view is that if the kids are having fun, they’ll not realize how much they’re learning. I do push them to become better, but can’t lose sight of the overall big picture!
There are still many things I want to improve upon next term. Following through with homework worksheets is probably the biggest. Finding a way to get through to a few of the weaker students so they don’t feel sad or discouraged. I have such a wide range of levels in the room, sitting stronger students with weaker ones not as effective as I would hope.
I’ll definitely use some time in Cambodia to do some reading (poolside of course!) and researching to see how I can improve my class moving forward. It’s a challenge, but one I am excited for!