MNIC - Week 10, May 2
I have a lot of stories from today. And they start from the time I got off the bus to walk the ten minute distance to the school. It was raining today and windy too! And to add to the excitement, my umbrella is a piece of junk. About a week ago, the handle broke off, and one of the metal braces broke. On top of that, the actual umbrella is so wobbly on the pole that it is hard to have any control over where it goes. Anyway, so when I was walking to the school, I was walking into the wind, and the umbrella did not stop the rain from getting onto my legs. When I finally got to the school, the whole front of my jeans were SOAKED! It looked and felt like I had jumped into a pool! But it actually gave me a conversation starter when we were waiting in the hall for class to start. I feel like I'm starting to get to know the girls a little more so it's fun to have a normal, not math related, conversation. I also tried to make normal conversation with another girl and commented on her ring. She then told me the story behind it how she lived in Nashville, Tennessee last year and her cousin/friend she was staying with gave it to her to help her remember her. Then I told her I was going to Nashville in a couple weeks, and she told me how beautiful it is. (It probably sounds funny that I'm describing this in here as being exciting, but I don't get to talk a whole lot to the students about their personal lives because I'm helping them so much of the time on their math homework. So it's just fun when it does occasionally happen.) Anyways, I was once again unable to get to everyone, but I feel like I am getting a lot more calm when overwhelmed by the people who need my help.
The second class, Hassan handed me the worksheet and told me to teach the class. All of a sudden I got really nervous because I looked at the worksheet and couldn't quite remember how to do it. (It did finally come back to me, but I definitely didn't feel adequate to be teaching a whole class). But it went okay. I messed up once but the class pointed it out to me. Hassan said he was sick so couldn't talk a lot, explaining why I had to teach the class. Then, he left the room and left me with all the students, who were kind of rowdy. I sure if they were really understanding what I was trying to teach them, but when I asked wasn't if they had any questions, none of them spoke up. In the end, it is kind of fun to be able to look back and say that I have taught math at an ESL high school! It definitely got me out of my comfort zone!