So for the last two weeks I’ve been subbing for the high school English teacher (sidenote: she’s a freaking superstar…totally set me up for success in her lesson plans and prepared materials.) while she was away taking an intensive course for her Masters degree. She’s a high school English teacher. A high school English teacher…in a school in Thailand with Thai students. Like, she has to have a gift to be in this position, am I right?!
I draw on a computer and make marketing plans for a living. What’s this business about red pens and papers?
Can you see how this could possibly be a stressful, stretching period of my time overseas? I was up for the challenge. Sort of. Dan was super supportive and was so convinced that I was up for the challenge that I begrudgingly agreed so that I wouldn’t be a complete Debbie Downer. I am thrilled to say that this afternoon was my last day in a long time — cross your fingers — that I will be reviewing grammar, teaching literary terms and leading class discussions on novels and short stories with 10th, 11th and 12th graders. (Though I must admit that I enjoyed watching clips of Monty Python’s Quest for the Holy Grail in British Literature to illustrate how the Middle Ages may have possibly kinda been like.)
Anyway, please enjoy how my formerly temporary typical day unfolds:
What did I learn from my adventures in faux teaching? Well I learned that though I adore high schoolers, my strengths are more akin to that of a motivational speaker who lives in a van down by the river than that of an academically centered teacher who cares about important things like grades and tardies. (Can you tell that I wasn’t the greatest of students when I was growing up?)
BUT, I am also happy to report that I am walking away from this time of subbing with many new relationships with these kids and a greater respect for teachers, especially for Dan and what he must be experiencing as a first year teacher here. And hopefully I won’t be so dense as to forget all that I’ve learned the next time he comes home after a long day of staring at blank faces after teaching a lesson he spent hours preparing.