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My Mom said…

18 May

One thing that I love about my job is that I am still able to see the kids that I taught last year.

I see them in the hallway, going out for playtime and when they are leaving to go home.

I love getting to hug them. I love hearing them scream my name. I love acting like my arms are swords and fighting with my boys from last year.

Yesterday as they were leaving to go home, one of my girls from last year stopped me.

Julie had some questions for me.

Julie: Ms. Mallory do you teach High School?

Me: Yes, I do.

Julie: Wow. My mom was asking me to ask you.

Me: Yes. I have a lot of jobs. I teach Toddlers, I listen to EEE and I teach High School. Maybe if Mrs. Lauren is sick, I will teach your class.

Julie: Oh yay! My mom was looking at your picture on the poster.

Me: Oh yes, it is the same as last year.

Julie: My mom said that you were fat last year but you are not fat anymore.

Me: Oh thank you!

What a complement and an insult at the same time. O.0

Something to tuck into my memory: If you have an 8-year-old, be careful what you say about their teacher because they will most likely tell them.


Week End

14 May

I haven’t been blogging much lately. Not sure why. I feel like maybe I don’t really have anything to say and I would just be rambling like I am now.

Well anyway…

This week was marvelous. It was my first week going into the classroom and teaching for 10 minutes in each class. It was awesome. I love that all of my kids get so excited to see me or they scream because they are afraid (that only happened on the first day).

I love that I am the first English teacher for these kids. They just sit and look at me like I am an alien or something. I mean if I was 3 years old and some person who doesn’t look like me came into my classroom and started talking and I had no idea what they were saying, I would be terrified too.

Teaching 160 kids Stand Up and Sit Down is a great exercise. My legs hurt so bad on Tuesday and Wednesday. I was probably the best workout that I had in a while.

My favorite moment yesterday was when I asked the kids to stand up… almost ALL of them stood up. :] Happy!!! I was so excited. I was also really excited when I pulled out the 6 animal cards that I have and some of them knew the English words for the animals!! Remember… they have only had 40 minutes of English prior to that!! AWESOME!

Tomorrow is Toddler Day. So, I will be doing a dance type thing in front of all of my kids parents and let’s hope that all of my kids decide that they want to do it along with me. Because other wise, I will be looking like a fool.


13 Feb

Yesterday was my first day of work. Most people are pretty excited about their first day of work. Working in a new environment, meeting new people, getting to learn how to do the new job or whatever it maybe. Well I was all of that and more. On my first day of work:

I got to go sledding on a mountain with my kids.


I was amazed that my students who are 6 years old, were speaking to each other fluently in English. They knew what to say to get their point across and they were even talking about what they did last night and so on. I was floored.

But more so jealous.

They could talk to each other in 2 languages. They could talk in Japanese AND English fluently.

I know a lot of random words from random languages but I am not fluent in any other language at all. I wish I could be but I have never had the opportunity.

My students have inspired me. I hope to learn some Japanese while I am here. If I am not fluent, at least enough to get a conversation or point across to someone.


14 Jul

I have been praying about this for a while now but I think that I want to get my masters in English as a Second Language.

I’m not sure how to go about this. I need to research it a bit too. Does anyone know of any good schools that have this in their Master’s program?

I would really like to learn another language as well. I’m just not sure which one.

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