i survived my first day of work. but i forgot the stickers… which might as well have been the end of the world for little (chubby) Teddy.
after stressing all day about being thrust in front of 10 little chinese children, the time came that i was either going to sink or swim. luckily, i was eased into the evening with a vip (one-on-one tutoring)…. mind you, i could have been teaching a mute, and i probably would’ve gotten more words out of him… but it was a good warm up at least.
then came time for the small stars - a group of 4 year olds who would much rather run around or climb over chairs than actually sit through an hour of english lessons. my favourite part was the little diva (lisa) who came prancing in wearing a crown (and who is actually pretty legit when it comes to knowing english words). i also couldn’t help but love the little fatty with the m&m tshirt (teddy), who was so proud to tell me that he had chocolate on his shirt. then there was little little cutie with the pink tutu (emily), the bratty ring-leader (jessie), the nerdy one with glasses (apple), and the boy who definitely has a crush on lisa (jerry)
after the new little boy (ryan) finished crying, and the kids stopped fighting over who got to sit beside princess lisa, i managed to teach the kids colours, some verbs and even some pronounciation…
i felt quite proud of myself (especially my timing), until the end of the class when teddy refused to leave without his stickers.
shift of the day: if a kid knows they will get stickers just for showing up, you don’t forget to bring them.