This week has been an interesting change from being in the school system of the United States my whole life. The thing that I’ve noticed the most is that when school starts in Bhutan students get the time to get acclimatized to being back in school. In the United States that doesn’t happen. One day you’re on summer break and then BAM! you’re back in school and learning again. I’m not saying one way is better than the other I’m just noticing the differences. There’s also the fact that there is a set schedule that’s the same every day in the US but no here. I’m constantly having to check my schedule to see where I need to be and when. There’s also the fact that here the teachers move around and the students stay in their classrooms. They also have school on Saturdays, which kind of messes with my head and causes me to get the days slightly confused. There’s all of these things that are foreign to me, not bad and not good, just different.
I’ve talked to several of my fellow teachers and while some of them have started teaching, some of them are waiting until Monday to get seriously involved in teaching. I was different. I started slowly teaching this week by having my students introduce themselves. This was how I was going to figure what their speaking abilities were in English. Then I had them write something for me to see what they needed to work on for their writing. Then we started reading from our text book. This was interesting because it got me to see the way students were going to interact with me. I’m hoping I can get them to come out of their shells a little and really have great discussions. However, if I can’t I’m still confident that I can teach them at least a little English.
I personally think that school is one of the most important things that we can have anywhere because it can change the world. Education is the key to everything, I think. I’m just a facilitator for the process of learning. I’m just there to help guide what is going on in the classroom and help the students get the most out of everything there is to learn from any given topic. I believe education gives us the tools to navigate an ever changing world that gets more confusing and overwhelming every day. That’s what I hope to give my students in the process of helping them learn or at least one of the tools. Maybe that’s too high a goal but I’m certainly going to try. One of the small pieces that I’m trying to add here at this school to help with building their tools is raising enough money to get the internet here. So, I’ve started a gofundme and if you can donate please do. The website to do so is: http://www.gofundme.com/n3twho
I’m really not sure what else to say today. So, I’ll leave you with this final thought: where would you be with out education or the internet expanding on what you know?