The kids have been back in school for a week and so far, so good, no phone calls from teachers or administrators at any rate. This week, however, will mark the end of summer for me.
I’ll start with 4 classes at a gymnasium on Tuesday, and I’m looking forward to that. It’s a great school, some really bright kids, and the youngest class I’ll have will be first years so they will be brand new to me and that’s always exciting. My goal for the year is just to get everybody talking, communicating in full sentences, confident enough that they will open their mouths and speak in English. I plan to start off very slow and methodical, be very patient until I get into a rhythm, and then let fly. The devil is in the details, but I am looking forward to it. Friday, I’ll have my one of my favorite groups of kids, except there’s going to be an age rotation there, too. The older kids, who were up to about 11, aren’t going to be with me any more, and they were one of the brightest groups of kids I’ve ever taught. They caught onto my games, they would improvise nonsense sentences, they would shout and scream in English.
But, I will have a new group of 4 year olds and some of them will be brothers and sisters of the kids in that group.
Also, I’ve got not one, but two poetry readings this week. That’s really getting back into the swing of things.