Tuesday, March 13, 2012


The highlight of my day yesterday came when working with a Year 3 student.  He’s considered “At risk” here.  I considered him left behind.  Whatever his issues, he can only write his name.  He doesn’t know the alphabet.  He’s a sweet boy.

While the other kids were working on an exercise to alphabetize short lists of words, I worked with the boy on how to draw horizontal and vertical lines and make letters that use those. Like L and T.  He completed a page of drawing vertical lines.  I marked it 100%....Excellent.  He beamed.  Then he tackled horizontal lines.  Another 100%, Excellent.  Then on to writing the letters.  More praise.  He wanted to keep writing to keep getting praised.  His smile and hug were highlights for me.

Best part of today was when school was excused.  The Year 4 teacher had held her kids over for a few minutes.  I was walking across the playground when two Year 4 boys raced past me.  Playing tag with each other.  I was trudging in the hot, humid air. They were flying.  What a wonderful reminder of the joy of being able to move, to be free.  They were so happy for the end of the school day.  Running and enjoying each other’s company. 

I know that I’m here to represent the United States.  But I was born and raised on the Mexican border.  After school I made guacamole and gave it to my family along with a bag of chips.  Not exactly corn chips but close and the guacamole was authentic.  They ate it all.  They seemed to like it.  Viva comida Mexicana!

I did an exercise with my Year 7 kids today that involves them running outside to read sentences which they have to remember as they come back into the room and repeat to their partner, who has to write it down.

There was a teachers’ meeting going on but I figured the noise wasn’t that bad.  Then I saw my big boss coming toward me.  She just wanted to know what we were doing.  What was the name of the activity?  The teachers are learning to do more interactive activities and had asked about what I was doing.  Not a complaint, just curiosity.  Success! 

I forgot my watch today so took one class on a field trip to my house to get it.  As we walked, I asked them questions.  “What do you see?”  “I see dogs!”  “I see three pigs!”  The kids got into it.  It was a change of pace and who doesn’t like that.  Plus, they were challenged to talk about what they saw. 

I introduced the kids to “my” dogs.  I call them mine because one in particular is very fond of me, but they actually belong to my family.  I don’t let them in my house (sand and fleas) and I don’t buy palagi dog food for them.  But when we have food at school, I bring all the scraps to them.

My favorite likes to crawl under my skirt.  He stands there, covered up, with just his nose sticking out between my knees.  It makes it very hard to walk.  He did it while the kids were watching and they thought it was extremely funny. 

After school I went to the post office.  Thanks, M. for the letter!  I also stopped at the stand next door to pick up some chicken for dinner. I realized my bus was going past, which meant it would likely be another hour before I could get another one.  I commented to one of the employees “There goes my bus.” 

A few minutes later I realized he’d mouthed something to the driver, who was patiently waiting for me.  Along with a bus full of passengers.  I waved for him to go on but he wouldn’t.  He waited the few minutes it took to wrap my chicken.  I ran across the street to the bus and was very embarrassed.  People didn’t seem to mind.  It’s just what happens on the bus.  I was very happy to not have to wait another hour, but still hate to make everyone else wait.

1 comment:

  1. Good morning how are you?
    My name is Emilio, I am a Spanish boy and I live in a town near to Madrid. I am a very interested person in knowing things so different as the culture, the way of life of the inhabitants of our planet, the fauna, the flora, and the landscapes of all the countries of the world etc. in summary, I am a person that enjoys traveling, learning and respecting people's diversity from all over the world.
    I would love to travel and meet in person all the aspects above mentioned, but unfortunately as this is very expensive and my purchasing power is quite small, so I devised a way to travel with the imagination in every corner of our planet. A few years ago I started a collection of used stamps because trough them, you can see pictures about fauna, flora, monuments, landscapes etc. from all the countries. As every day is more and more difficult to get stamps, some years ago I started a new collection in order to get traditional letters addressed to me in which my goal was to get at least 1 letter from each country in the world. This modest goal is feasible to reach in the most part of countries, but unfortunately it’s impossible to achieve in other various territories for several reasons, either because they are countries at war, either because they are countries with extreme poverty or because for whatever reason the postal system is not functioning properly.
    For all this I would ask you one small favour:
    Would you be so kind as to send me a letter by traditional mail from Samoa? I understand perfectly that you think that your blog is not the appropriate place to ask this, and even, is very probably that you ignore my letter, but I would call your attention to the difficulty involved in getting a letter from that country, and also I don’t know anyone neither where to write in Samoa in order to increase my collection. a letter for me is like a little souvenir, like if I have had visited that territory with my imagination and at same time, the arrival of the letters from a country is a sign of peace and normality and an original way to promote a country in the world. My postal address is the following one:
    Emilio Fernandez Esteban
    Avenida Juan de la Cierva, 44
    28903 Getafe (Madrid)
    If you wish, you can visit my blog www.cartasenmibuzon.blogspot.com where you can see the pictures of all the letters that I have received from whole World.
    Finally I would like to thank the attention given to this letter, and whether you can help me or not, I send my best wishes for peace, health and happiness for you, your family and all your dear beings.

    Yours Sincerely