As I cap off week three, I feel like I’m starting to settle in and get a stride going. I have really begun to settle into a routine at work and build a good relationship with the kids. Oddly enough, the kindergarten section of my day has proven to be the most challenging. Their rudimentary English skills and non existent attention spans necessitate a huge variety of classroom games and activities. This means not only large amounts of planning time but also the challenge of keeping things fresh. My elementary classes are much more teaching intensive, but they are quite far along for most part considering their age (7-12). I can actually have full conversations with several of my more advanced students.
On the non-work side of things, I have been having a pretty great time. My American coworker Nick and I have already become buds and between my friend Alex from McGill living 15 minutes away and the other Westerners I met at my training sessions, I’m already starting to build a social network in the surrounding area. As far as kicking back in Jhudong, the night market offers a huge variety of cheap amazing food (avoid the stinky tofu) and a pint of draft Japanese beer is just the thing to cap a long day. I should have a few more stories come Monday, as the principal of our kindergarten is taking us all to Taipei for the weekend. Awwwww yeaaaaaaaaaa.