Week 2 of teaching has already gone by. The most meaningful thing for me has been the relationships I’m building with some students. They tell me that I am approachable and that they feel they can trust me and talk to me about anything. This is what I came here for. I came to teach English, but I also came to be a teacher, if that makes any sense. Teachers should also be mentors. Every moment that I get to chat with a student is extremely rewarding. A lot of them tell me about their dreams and goals, and the things they have given up on. This week, I stopped my precept to remind them all how talented they are and how thankful they should be for every chance they get to learn something new. I told them that many wished to be in their shoes. I also remind them that I’m learning as much from them as they are from me. Perhaps even more.
But the learning doesn’t stop there. When I walk down the street, I just observe. I analyze my surroundings and look into people’s eyes. Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to explore more of this city. Language barrier. Hopefully someone can accompany me to see more. If not, I’m willing to take that step on my own.
I like meeting new people. I like learning from others. So far, I guess I can say that I’ve learned the most from Cameron and Tony, even if they didn’t know it. Also, from the lady who makes the fried rice right outside the school gates while always keeping an eye on her baby.
Hopefully, I can learn more from the rest of the students and teachers.