Wow time flies! We just passed our 100th day of grant. Every day has been filled with teaching and learning myself. To give you all a brief overview of the past two months…
My school hours are Monday-Thursday from 7:30AM-2:40PM and Friday from 7:30AM-12:10PM. Friday is a shortened day in order for the males to attend the mosque for compulsory afternoon prayer. Noah (my housemate) drops me off at school at about 7AM and I usually grab breakfast at school…my favorite breakfast dish here is Nasi Lemak a Malay dish where the rice is cooked in coconut milk, served with sambal (a red spicy sauce), and garnishes including cucumber slices, roasted peanuts, small fried anchovies, and a hard-boiled egg.
My class schedule includes 36 classes spread over a two-week period, including everything from Form 1 (7th grade) to Form 6 (12th grade). English comprehension varies tremendously between classes, and I usually either co-teach a topic with their English teacher, or run a classroom game/activity utilizing English. I have also been attending PE classes, and teaching science courses in English for Form 5 (11th grade).
When I am not in class, I have a desk in the teacher’s room where I prepare lesson plans, do paperwork for MACEE (Malaysian-American Commission on Educational Exchange), write grants (like a recent grant I wrote to the US Embassy), plan for outside English activities/camps, or talk with my desk neighbor about everything from politics to Islam.
After school in the evenings I have been working at the local hospital, volunteering at the orphanage across the street from our house, helping coach Rugby practice, running around our neighborhood in 80-degree heat, drinking lots of Malaysian tea, and eating at the many Chinese, Malay, and Indian restaurants in Raub.
The weekends have been very busy from visiting other ETA’s to helping out with English Camps, to attending MACEE events in Kuala Lumpur. Here are some photos that highlight the past month...
Students competing in field day celebrations
Students parade in field day celebrations
Visited a local primary school with Form 6 students to do an English lesson
Weekend trip to Kuala Gandah Elephant Sanctuary
Gua Bama (Caves) about 45 minutes from our house
The Sunday morning market at Raub, has everything from Fruit to Fish
Afterschool tea with the Chinese and Tamil language teachers
Weekend trip to Taman Negara, the national park of Malaysia and oldest rainforest in the world
Noah and I at Pongal harvest celebrations at the Tamil primary school
Form 1 students in class working on an activity
Noah and I took a weekend trip to an old Scottish trading post about 40 minutes from our house
Made an English Corner board with students featuring news and even a section on Seattle!