Teaching Tidbits

90 Days

It’s been 90 days since my first day of teaching. 

90 days of singing, laughing, crying, yelling, and just about every other emotion you can imagine.  Teaching has been a lot of things to me over these last 90 days.  It’s been a job.  A challenge.  A reward.  An outlet.  A pain in the ass.  A reason to smile.  A germ catcher.  An adventure.  An avenue to travel.  But mostly, it’s been a learning experience.

Like most jobs, you learn a lot in the first three months.  You learn the ins and outs, how to take the easy way, how to do it right, how to succeed, how to fail, and mostly, you learn about yourself.  You learn if this job is for you.  If you have the patience.  If you have the energy.  Essentially, if you have what it takes to do this…forever.

A question I’ve gotten a lot since moving to Thailand is do I want to be a teacher forever. 

Up until this point I haven’t really known the answer to that.  It’s always been a possibility.  A very exciting possibility that I’ve never really wanted to fully close the door on.  However, I think I’ve come to peace with the fact that teaching isn’t my calling.  While I do love it, I am honestly not sure I can say that I want to be a teacher for the rest of my life.  I’m not sure I could find the energy every single morning.  I’m not sure I have the passion for it that I thought I might.  And without that, how can anyone be expected to do something for the rest of their life?  There are moments, of course, that my students are so dang cute and I wonder how I’m ever supposed to leave them. 

Here are a few of those moments:

I taught emotions for about two weeks.  Every day we would go over the vocab words and would say “I am sad”, “I am angry”, etc.  This week we started learning about classroom items.  My students now say “I am ruler!”.  Not 100% sure how to correct this one so I think maybe I’ll just let it slide.

The other day I was sitting at an assembly and a little girl came up to me and said something in Thai and I smiled, said “cool!” and she walked away.  This is a usual exchange that happens (bc ya know, language barrier) so I thought nothing of it.  One of the Thai teachers walks over and is hysterically laughing and asks me what the girl said.  I said I had no idea.  She confers with the girl, comes back a minute later, and informs me that the girl said “I look SO sick”.  My que to start wearing makeup, ladies and gentlemen.full house rude how rude stephanie tanner

Last weekend I spent the weekend at the beach and, I’ll admit, got a little bit too much sun.  However, thanks to my new friend mentioned above, I put on a little makeup and the redness was barely noticeable…or so I thought.  Walk into my first class on Monday, and am greeted by most of my students pointing at my face saying, “teacher, teacher, red!!!!” while shaking their heads at me.  I’m being condemned for not wearing sunscreen by four year olds.

Being that Phangnga is a small town, I see my students outside of school at least once a day.  Sometimes at the Big C, sometimes at 7 Eleven, sometimes pulling over on the side of the road just to honk at me and say hi.  A couple of nights ago I went to get some groceries and ran into one of my students.  She proceeded to help me with the rest of my journey through the supermarket, being sure that I got plenty of apples and bananas.  Guess I’ll make a separate trip for wine tomorrow.Image result for seeing teachers outside of school

It’s little moments like these that remind me why I do love teaching.  Sounds weird that students telling me to wear makeup and sunscreen is somehow rewarding to me, but it is.  It reminds me how little these kids are.  How much they still have left to learn and how much they have already learned in the 90 days I’ve been with them.  Being that I can’t seem to make up my mind about anything these days, I could very well change my mind on the whole teaching thing, so I’ll keep y’all posted.  Happy February everyone!

~Tar

58 thoughts on “90 Days

  1. After having had the joy of watching you in action with these little tikes, I know one thing for sure…..you will succeed in whatever you decide to do for the rest of your life! The other thing I know is how much they will miss you and you will miss them. So exciting to watch your journey in life. I love you honey! Mom❤️

  2. After having had the joy of watching you in action with these little tikes, I know one thing for sure…..you will succeed in whatever you decide to do for the rest of your life! The other thing I know is how much they will miss you and you will miss them. So exciting to watch your journey in life. I love you honey! Mom❤️

  3. Love your post Tarah! Your mom and I are different in this respect, she knew what the hell she wanted to do in life. I was just “rolling with the tide”. I think I understand your delimea. Frankly….. I still have no idea what I want to do the rest of my life! I think some people have a clear path…. and others just want to experience the journey. My motto…”fake it till you make it”! The thing that you will find, is whatever you end up doing “forever” will never precede your love to travel and experience the world. You will share your experiences and passion with your spouse and children in years to come. The way you talk about travel is different than the standard…. we’re going on a cruise, it is just a “feeling”, an experience more than a vacation. I get it. Whatever you end up “doing for life” really won’t matter because whatever it is, you will do with the same passion that you have for travel. Keep up the posts! I love reading and throwing in my two cents every now and then.
    Monica

    1. I know, I am definitely jealous of her in that aspect! I am definitely rolling with the tide haha but I really appreciate your insight into it all! Keep throwing in your two cents, I love to hear what you have to say!

  4. Love your post Tarah! Your mom and I are different in this respect, she knew what the hell she wanted to do in life. I was just “rolling with the tide”. I think I understand your delimea. Frankly….. I still have no idea what I want to do the rest of my life! I think some people have a clear path…. and others just want to experience the journey. My motto…”fake it till you make it”! The thing that you will find, is whatever you end up doing “forever” will never precede your love to travel and experience the world. You will share your experiences and passion with your spouse and children in years to come. The way you talk about travel is different than the standard…. we’re going on a cruise, it is just a “feeling”, an experience more than a vacation. I get it. Whatever you end up “doing for life” really won’t matter because whatever it is, you will do with the same passion that you have for travel. Keep up the posts! I love reading and throwing in my two cents every now and then.
    Monica

    1. I know, I am definitely jealous of her in that aspect! I am definitely rolling with the tide haha but I really appreciate your insight into it all! Keep throwing in your two cents, I love to hear what you have to say!

  5. You should be a writer ???? These are all just too good. “Whatever you do, do it well. Do it so well that when people see you do it, they will want to come back and see you do it again, and they will want to bring others and show them how well you do what you do.” You’re already doing what you want to do, just figuring out what’s next one day at a time. Keep it up Tar! ???? We are all so proud of you!

  6. You should be a writer ???? These are all just too good. “Whatever you do, do it well. Do it so well that when people see you do it, they will want to come back and see you do it again, and they will want to bring others and show them how well you do what you do.” You’re already doing what you want to do, just figuring out what’s next one day at a time. Keep it up Tar! ???? We are all so proud of you!

  7. Are you a temporary teacher or a graduated teacher? My partner is a PE Teacher and has been teacher internationally for the past 5 years Pay roll is amazing. Maybe you should consider getting the full education degree if you are only “travel/teacher” !

    1. My degree is in Communications, not teaching. I just decided to do this after graduating instead of getting a job at home! Not really sure what my next move is, but getting an education degree is a possibility. Thanks for your insight!

  8. Are you a temporary teacher or a graduated teacher? My partner is a PE Teacher and has been teacher internationally for the past 5 years Pay roll is amazing. Maybe you should consider getting the full education degree if you are only “travel/teacher” !

    1. My degree is in Communications, not teaching. I just decided to do this after graduating instead of getting a job at home! Not really sure what my next move is, but getting an education degree is a possibility. Thanks for your insight!

  9. I used to teach underprivileged kids Math when I used to live in India a couple of years ago and I found it to be one of the most rewarding things I’ve ever done. Kudos to you!

  10. I used to teach underprivileged kids Math when I used to live in India a couple of years ago and I found it to be one of the most rewarding things I’ve ever done. Kudos to you!

  11. Beautiful experience! Being a full time teacher or long-term teacher might be difficult but teaching once in a while is a rewarding experience! I do too and more than anything, it helps to keep you younger!!!

  12. Beautiful experience! Being a full time teacher or long-term teacher might be difficult but teaching once in a while is a rewarding experience! I do too and more than anything, it helps to keep you younger!!!

  13. Interesting. Children and small incidents can teach you so much in life. I don’t know how long you will be a teacher but seems right now you are having fun. Keep enjoying and writing.

  14. Interesting. Children and small incidents can teach you so much in life. I don’t know how long you will be a teacher but seems right now you are having fun. Keep enjoying and writing.

  15. Like the saying goes: The truth comes out of the mouth of babes…..lol! Sounds like you’re having a great time teaching despite the ups and downs. The good thing is that you can decide to leave or go back whenever you like!

  16. Like the saying goes: The truth comes out of the mouth of babes…..lol! Sounds like you’re having a great time teaching despite the ups and downs. The good thing is that you can decide to leave or go back whenever you like!

  17. You are have an amazing work (can’t consider it as a job because you are enjoying and you seems loving it) and that is very important. These kids might be shy to express they feelings and how thankful they are for you, but you’ll see it to their actions… and smile.

    Kudos for you and enjoy Thailand!

    -blairvillanueva

  18. You are have an amazing work (can’t consider it as a job because you are enjoying and you seems loving it) and that is very important. These kids might be shy to express they feelings and how thankful they are for you, but you’ll see it to their actions… and smile.

    Kudos for you and enjoy Thailand!

    -blairvillanueva

  19. kids are so unfiltered! Kudos to taking on a teaching job, I don’t think I have the stay of mind and patience for it! Are you also learning the local language while you are there?

  20. kids are so unfiltered! Kudos to taking on a teaching job, I don’t think I have the stay of mind and patience for it! Are you also learning the local language while you are there?

  21. A brilliant experience. Teaching kids is more surprising than people think. Their honesty can be a bit scary, but it’s great to know you can make a difference in someone’s life. This is also a fantastic way to embrace the culture and learn more about a place. Well done!

  22. A brilliant experience. Teaching kids is more surprising than people think. Their honesty can be a bit scary, but it’s great to know you can make a difference in someone’s life. This is also a fantastic way to embrace the culture and learn more about a place. Well done!

  23. I like the I am ruler story! I also teach ESL, but my students are more proficient in English because they live in the US. I know what you mean about thinking some days that you could teach forever and some days that you couldn’t!

  24. I like the I am ruler story! I also teach ESL, but my students are more proficient in English because they live in the US. I know what you mean about thinking some days that you could teach forever and some days that you couldn’t!

  25. And it is these weird moments that make the best of memories for you. I can see that. I know you will always look back on these and smile. You sure have managed a precious gift for yourself! Cheers to your 90 days

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