Teaching English is Awesome

So, as you know I’m starting my new teaching  job and it has been awesome. I love my students and they seem to like me too. It’s really important as a teacher to connect with your students, it makes for a better learning environment. I’m having them create a project and present it to the class using english. The project entails that they must describe they’re favorite item that you can find in the house. You may ask why in the world am I having them do that? Well, its because I’m teaching them to use their creativity to take something that is boring and flip it around to make it interesting and exciting.

I knew before I gave them this assignment that it was going to be difficult but I wanted to see what they’re creativity level was. I wanted them to pick an item and tell me why it is important and what the purpose was for that item is. I had many students get up and present they’re project on beds, couches, or tables.  But what I was  really looking for was a student to go outside the box and really present an important piece of furniture that has changed the world.

Finally out of the blue comes little Charlie Conway who is a new to the school from Minnesota. He gets up and presents his project on barn light fixtures, and not just any kind of lights, vintage barnlights. He gets in to detail on how the light was invented and how its opened up millions of opportunities for people all around the world. He explains that jobs and businesses have been able to triple they’re productivity because of lights and lighting fixtures. He explained that his grandfather sells vintage barn lighting reproductions and even brought in cool pictures of his grandfathers vintage barnlights. Here one is below!

Vintage Barnlights

I’m All Settled in Durango

It’s my second week here in Durango, and so far so good! My extended family’s been really great! Even though there is a language barrier, we’re able to communicate well enough. I don’t speak much Spanish, but I’m able to understand it pretty well–or at least I think! My aunts and uncles don’t speak any English, but my cousins and those who are closer to my age do speak pretty good English, so they’ve been super helpful. My cousin Diana who’s in medical school, is the one whose been extremely helpful. She showed me around town. She showed me where to do my shopping, laundry, and heck–she even took the liberty of showing me a few bars! We’re gonna have a great time! I know it!

I’m so excited about starting my new job next week. I’m set to teach 2nd and 3rd graders learn English. The school has already given me my course materials. And I’m going to start going through the text book tonight. I have to have my entire 14-week curriculum ready by Monday, so I only have a few days to prepare it! I’m kinda stressed out about that, but I’m sure I’ll be fine…

Anyway, besides getting settled and stressing out over my curriculum, I did find time to enjoy my new apartment. It’s so adorable and quaint. I’d hug it if I could! It’s nothing big or anything fancy. It’s a one-bedroom apartment that’s right in front of a cathedral. I love listening to the bells ring every hour, they’re just so peaceful. My bathroom is really cute too. I found a  few barn light fixtures in my basement and now my bathroom has an old country looking barn light that adds to the whole charm of this place.

barn light

I am so happy to be here! I’m going to post regularly because I want you all back home to share in my daily adventures :) Til next time!

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