Today marks the day that I’ve been living in Taiwan for two months. One word I could use to describe my time here so far should be fantastic – which it has been. But the first word that springs to mind is ‘tiring’. There is no doubt that teaching is the most mentally and physically exhausting thing I have ever had to do. There’s been points in my working week where I’ve thought to myself, “I’m not cut out for this”. But I have to remind myself that this is what I came here to do and the rewards of teaching Asian children are second to none. So here are 5 experiences I’ve had from teaching English so far.
- I was having a tiresome morning and my energy levels really didn’t feel up to speed with my kindergarten class of 3 and 4 year old’s. Until one of my newest students randomly ran over to me and hugged my legs, influencing the whole class to do the same, resulting in a big group hug. These moments melt my heart and remind me that these kids are so loving and innocent and I have a significant place in their day. They are adorable!
- Halloween at school was one of the most fun day’s I’ve had so far. We threw a kindergarten Halloween party where all the classes came together to sing, dance and play themed games. I was the leader of the ‘witch broom racing’ and it was great to see so many kids dressed up and having fun. And of course they looked so cute in their not-so-scary costumes. We taught them how to say “trick-or-treat” and took them to some local shops that had been pre-arranged with sweets from the school. Obviously they loved every minute of it.
- Most of the kids here go school for up to 10 hours a day, they go to Chinese school and then come to English school. Having been teaching for about 6 weeks now, I’ve started to notice that my students across all levels are improving and actually learning to use English. When this realisation hits you you feel a warming sense of pride that even though you feel like you are gliding through and doing what you can, the kids are actually benefiting in some way. Maybe I’m not as crap as I think.
- The first time a kid cried on my account. My bad. I teach a class of 8 year old’s who are beginners at English. The content is very fun and we play a lot of English based games that result in team scores. One student cried because his team lost and they didn’t receive as many stamps at the end of class. Kids are kids and I felt really guilty so I had to make sure his team were the winners next time. Talk about a sore loser!
- Everyday when multiple students at school call my name “Teacher Hollie!” and I have no clue how they even know it, this makes me smile when their faces light up. When I feel tired of hearing my name I remind myself that none has ever acknowledged me that much anywhere else so I should feel blessed.