Monday, October 13, 2014

This is (still) Sparta

Why hello dear friends and fellow travelers of earth!

My technological situation took a turn for the worse about a month ago when Bertha, my computer, became stubborn and decided she'd rather hang out in Lao than perform her functions.  It's okay, I know the feeling.  I think this forced Luddite lifestyle has been beneficial; the day I stopped writing lesson-plan novels on my computer and started scrawling a few stone-age sentences for each day, my teaching improved.  I've gone from Dickensian lesson plans with rising action and denouements to "teach factors" which although seems alarming, gives me a lot more mental space and actual time outside of teaching. 

For those of you wondering, yes, I do still exist in a "THIS IS SPARTA! situation although relations have improved slightly.  I've implemented various forms of bribery and manipulation which has lessened the anarchy to a certain degree.  I love my kids: they are loud, lively, social, and brilliant at maths.  They employ brilliant and diverse mutinous tactics never before seen by 9 year old children to drive their teacher batshit nuts.  My favorite tactic is what I like to call "counterattack hugging." This occurs when the student, instead of listening and ceasing obnoxious or obscene behavior, will fly suddenly at me and bowl me over in a maniacal and painful hug that has the effect of jolting me into a state of confusion, pain, and sullen affection.   I've got to hand it to them. 

Other than wrangling fourth graders, I've had a lot of other things goin on, including a veritable pile-up of weird stories (and lovely photos!) which I look forward to regaling you with once I find a replacement for bertha (or she finds her sealegs).  I have touched an elephant, been stranded on a mountainside, visited a village tribe, gone to Thailand, participated in an alms ceremony, set birds free atop an ancient temple, and eaten a lot of pad thai. 

Love and Luddites,
Ilsar




1 comment:

  1. Literally teaching in a nutshell:

    "They employ brilliant and diverse mutinous tactics never before seen by 9 year old children to drive their teacher batshit nuts."

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