So it’s not even the day of the main Christmas event, but it sure did feel like it today! Pretty much the whole month of December has been filled with practices for the famous Thida Christmas performance. Before I even starting teaching at Old Thida, I had heard about how the Christmas show was a huge deal. Previous teachers told me that students would be pulled out of my class left and right, or you might get to class and half of them would be gone, or you might get to class, and no one is there. Well, all of this has definitely happened, especially in these past couple of weeks.
Last week I integrated Christmas songs into my lessons for my Mattayom 2 students as we were learning about holidays and traditions. In my Mattayom 1 and 3 classes, I would let them practice their songs as a reward or during testing while I sat in the hall quizzing students. This week, however, has been like Christmas on steroids.
It started with the Christmas decorations. Slowly Old Thida has become engulfed in a sea of red and green, where each day adds something new. Monday it was red and green fabric draped on the balcony. Today (Tuesday) it was the beautiful stars made by students hung down throughout the courtyard. Last week was the building of the stage, which included painting over the Angry Birds mural on the background pieces with a delightful depiction of Christmas cheer. Added to this performance area was a real live Christmas tree dripping with garland and ornaments.
Trying to teach today was a very difficult task as today was the day for all of the classes to perform on the gleefully decorated stage. Each class was judged by a group of four judges, including one nun, and were vying for a precious spot for Friday’s performance. My Mattayom 2/1 students tried to get me to go up on stage to perform with them, but I was busy with other work as I thought I had to teach at 11:15am, 4th period.
Deciding to use the ladies room before class, I realized I was followed in by my Thai teacher who would be in my next class. I knew this was going to be a conversation about performing. She asked me if class was cancelled, and I told her that I had not heard as much. Then, she proceeded to tell me that out students were finished performing, but were watching. After taking care of business, I walked out of the bathroom to join my class in watching some of the performances. After watching my 2 Mattayom 1 classes perform, my Thai teacher and I decided to cancel class so the students could watch the rest of the performances. Well, there’s another class to make up! It’s worth it though because it was fun to see my students perform what they have been working on for so long. I even got to see some of my Thai teachers performing with them!
I’m not sure what the rest of this week will bring, but I am looking forward to the Christmas celebration on Friday. I’m even looking forward to our very own Super English foreign teacher performance for the Thai teachers Friday evening. Teaching the rest of this week will be a challenge, but that’s all in how you work it!
I stole this picture from Fiona. She was pulled on stage with her class today. Thanks for the pic!