Midterms graded. What now?

Trip Start May 06, 2010
Trip End Apr 14, 2011

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Monday, August 2, 2010

My internet is still out at my apartment, so I'm trying to stay connected to life across the world and keep up with my blog whenever I have time at the internet café or when the school internet works. It’s frustrating.

This week the students are taking their Thai midterms all day on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday.  That means the English teachers get 3 days to sit and grade their midterms.  I don’t know about other people, but it doesn’t take me long to grade papers.  I had all 97 of my English midterms graded by 10 a.m. today.  I haven’t graded all my conversation midterms yet, but that’s because not everyone has taken it.  They really don’t take a lot of time or effort to grade.  I don’t know what I’ll be doing for the next two days.  I don’t really know what I’ll do for the next few hours here at school. 

Thankfully, only one of my English students failed the test.  I had a few more just barely squeak by, but only one had to be retested.  I already grabbed him and got him to correct his mistakes so he passed.  I felt bad because he only wrote 2 sentences in one section where I asked him to write 5, and had he finished the section, he would have passed the first round.  Oh well, he passed this time, so I’m done with the tests. 

I really think the problem a lot of kids have is that they can’t read the words in English.  If I give them an oral test, they would do a lot better, but they just can’t read it on their own.  Unfortunately, it’s not really an option to give 97 kids an oral exam.  Hopefully I can think of ways to make the final easier on the kids.

I had a nice, restful weekend in Chonburi this weekend.  I taught on Saturday morning since I wasn’t going anywhere.  I had planned on being on a trip with Sal and Ed, but since they had to leave earlier than expected, I didn’t really have a reason to turn down the job.  Saturday school really isn’t that bad now.  The kids are rowdy, but I don’t worry about it too much, I feel bad that the kids are spending their Saturday in class, so I go pretty easy on them.  It reminds me of how much I love the 3rd-6th grade age group.  My regular program kids are so much fun, they really try to understand what’s happening, so we spend a lot of time playing charades to get the vocabulary across.  I’m not saying I want to spend every Saturday teaching, I’m just saying it’s not as bad as it could be.

After teaching, I went over to the mall and did a little shopping before meeting up with Danielle from OEG.  She’s also placed in Chonburi, and we hadn’t hung out in a while, so we decided to meet up for dinner and a movie.  She also informed me that she has a pool at her apartment, and invited me to hang out their with her on the weekends I’m in Chonburi-so that’s a real bonus for the weekends I’m in town.  It was nice to catch up, and really nice to treat myself to a movie.  We saw Inception, which was really good.  It’s always fun to see movies here because some things just don’t translate very well.  So while we’re cracking up at some joke, the Thais are stoically reading the subtitles and wondering why we’re being obnoxious. 

Yesterday I just spent the day hanging out and being lazy.  I got to talk to Muv for the first time in a while, which was really nice.  We talked about my plans for the trips I’m still planning to take.  Mostly I just have to figure out my trip to Beijing, that’s the big one.  Once I can get definite dates from the school of when October break is, I will be booking my stuff and getting pumped up for the Great Wall.  Until then, I’m sitting in the teacher’s lounge with a stack of graded papers and nothing to do.
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