Starting June 1, 2011 I embarked on a 27 month journey with the Peace Corps to Sierra Leone..this is the journal of one rambling man in Africa. I will be teaching math to secondary education students (anywhere from 7th-12th graders). I have never taught before. Hilarity is sure to ensue.
Ummm. I like it. It is the last thing I ever would have imagined myself doing in life, let alone actually liking it. I enjoy teaching them. I do. I dont enjoy trying to quiet 80+ students long enough to read anything but its part of the job. I love the moments when they are all quiet and taking notes and then I do something quirky like drag my chalk around the board and make noises. This usually warrants 80+ EHHHHHhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhssssss. They like when I doodle hippos on the board. They like when I say something in the local language. I hope they like me. But being liked is not my job. Ive just started noticing that I dont think they understand my speaking/english as well as i'd thought. Will take time I guess. There are alot that just seem to come to make friends and lovers, and those that seemed forced to come. However I do have a few that seem to really enjoy learning. I had one of my most troublesome and hyper boys surprise me the other day by getting 100% my test. I gave him a pencil and a ruler and a beloved Audubon magazine. I definitely feel like all the torture I gave my teachers as a young ADD child coming full circle. There are a few that I look at, being hyper and loud and disruptive, and I just see myself and smile. They are not bad, they just cannot control themselves. Blurting out randomly. If any of my teachers read this....Thank you. Im sorry. I understand. Haha.