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07 November 2006 @ 08:40 am
 
Yesterday was a crazy crazy day. It started at 3 am when I woke up on the sofa and realized Kelly and I hadn't gotten any lesson planning done for the elementary school teachers meeting the next day. So I quickly wrote up three Christmas lessons, which took about an hour, and then went to bed. I left Kelly a note to look over them in the morning, which she did and emailed to me at school. The meeting was at 3:30, so we got the lessons in to the main teacher just before we had to go to the meeting so she could print copies for everyone. Thankfully, the meeting went pretty well, and the teachers actually gave good feedback on the lessons for a change. I also think I've finally gotten on super crazy psycho teacher's good side, which is a relief. While the plans had to be finished by yesterday to go over, the actual classes won't be taught until Nov. 27th, so we have some time to prepare the actual needed materials.

We then had to go to the Board of Education to sort things out with Kelly's absence and re-arranging the schedule a bit. We also got the usual hassling about this and that, so that was kind of a pain in the ass (along with telling them I no longer needed to go to a doctor for the actual pain in my ass...long story!).

You'd think the day was done, but no. Last night was also our first night of adult conversation classes! For which we had no plans! Whee! Kelly was gracious enough to give me the intermediate class, which is smaller and much easier to work with being that they all have some level of English already. We did introductions and took questions most of the time, and then broke into the two class groups, beginner and intermediate. I asked what the students wanted to discuss, what kinds of lessons I should have, and one of the older gentlemen who helps run the technical aspects of the class, proposed we talk about marriage next class. I said that was oddly appropriate, and shared my news with them, and they were all even more excited to talk about the subject next time. Of course, now the older people are preparing to give me advice! hehe. Patrick, prepare to have your picture passed around the class in two weeks, hehe.

Kelly and I then went home to help her get ready for teaching elementary school tomorrow, the first time in a while! She's a pro though, and I know if I can do it, she can do it better.

So, for having not been prepared for anything yesterday, it all managed to go surprisingly well. But it was definitely a long day.
 
 
Mood: tired
 
 
 
Mandafee_b on November 7th, 2006 02:31 am (UTC)
neat! what are you going to teach them about christmas?

and ohhhh man, that's so cute that you get to talk about marriage. precious.
Mellenabsentmammoth on November 7th, 2006 04:11 am (UTC)
with the elementary school kids, christmas is just a little vocab and one or two christmas related activities, depending on the age. little kids learn Merry Christmas and Santa Claus and presents. then we play musical chairs using Christmas carols and then they'll color christmas cards we made. Older kids are also making cards, but they'll be playing a game where they get to decorate a "christmas tree" when they get christmas vocab questions right. i'm sure in the jr. high if i do anything christmasy it'll be a little more in-depth, but i don't know if it's on the agenda.

and yeah, the eikaiwa on the 20th is gonna be fun, hehe.
strenge fruitrisetto on November 15th, 2006 09:14 am (UTC)
I am tempted to steal that game! XD
p.m./a.e.xoexohexox on November 7th, 2006 08:49 pm (UTC)
as long as its not that crappy passport photo!
Mellenabsentmammoth on November 8th, 2006 07:51 am (UTC)
haha! until you sent me the ones i have on my computer, that was all i had! but rest assured, i'll used a different one this time. any requests?