I find it so amazing how fast you can build a relationship with these students in such a short amount of time of teaching them. By the 2nd or 3rd day of teaching, you find that the kids are excited for class time and want to know what we’re doing in class today and which games we’re playing. It takes a little longer for the older kids to open up, but it’s so exciting when they do. We wake up at 6 AM every morning, but somehow I find myself being really excited to go to school to teach and it’s even more encouraging when we pull up in the front of the school and all of the little kids are eagerly awaiting on the school steps and screaming, “Teacher! Teacher!”
Starting off the day with some stretching. (They’re spelling C-O-C-O-N-U-T)
My TA this year, Together. I couldn’t be more grateful for meeting such an amazing person.
On the second day of teaching, it was raining super hard so we had to stay inside the auditorium.
Laughing over our silly moves for the rally with one of my fellow team members, Alan. Part of the wonderful part of being a volunteer teacher is that you can be silly and it’s okay to not be serious all of the time.
My middle schoolers (afternoon class) moving their tables so that they can get ready for game time!
“Big Wind Blows”. Similar to musical chairs/”I have never”.
We usually spend most of our evenings eating dinner, then preparing for our skit, games, rallies and class the next day. Teaching is physically and mentally exhausting because I have a group of kids in my elementary school class that is exceptionally rowdy so it does get kind of chaotic at times. When I teach these kids, I sometimes feel like they’re teaching me. I know, that probably sounds incredibly cheesy, but I do gain something really valuable from learning to be patient with them, being a responsible role model and also trying to discipline them while also doing my best to care for them and love them. Since we came here to serve on a mission trip, our leaders always tell us to always try and express Christ in whatever we do, and sometimes that means not focusing too much on being a teacher.
Being in the position of a teacher also forces you to be more mature. To many of the younger students, they see me as an older sister. Part of the challenge is figuring out when to be caring and nurturing and then knowing when it’s time to reinforce the rules and let them know that they need to adjust their behavior. Generally speaking, however, they are always responsive and participate in class even if they do tend to be very chatty sometimes. Every kid is so different and I’ve learned that it’s not possible to meet the needs of every student, but I have to accept them for all that they are and do my best to teach them and love them.
I’m pretty harsh when it comes to self-criticism, and it’s difficult to not get too hard on myself when I reflect upon things like this. Sometimes I feel like I’m not good enough or that what I have to offer is not sufficient, but I’ve also come to accept that God’s grace is enough to keep me through the week.
The other part of this trip that I’ve come to love deeply is the support system around me. My team this year was so welcoming and consisted of so many different individuals. Yet we still managed to get along with each other so well and shared so many laughs and memories with them. I always feel so lucky whenever I encounter people like them because we never have any drama and we work well together as a team.
So, if you missed part 1 of my teaching experiences in Taiwan, you can read it here. And a huge thank you to Together for taking these pictures!
Hope you have a lovely day! ♥