In 2007 I thought I wanted to spend 4 years in college. In 2009 I thought I wanted to quit college. In 2014 I thought I wanted to move to the mountains of Montana. In 2015 I thought I wanted to live forever in Seattle. In 2016 I thought I wanted to stay in a … Continue reading Changes
I try to arrange my life in such a way that organization and order overpower chaos. I have been trying to stick to a pretty consistent schedule of sleeping, waking, working, exercising, etc. I like planning and predictability in my day (as much as my nomadic existence might infer otherwise). Chaos and I don't do too … Continue reading Chaos and Calm
Every weekday I wake up at 5:45 after a typically restless night. I smear foundation under my eyes in a futile attempt to cover the dark valleys that have formed overnight, and then pile cover-up on top of that when the foundation proves inevitably inadequate. I leave for work at 6:40 and spend the half hour … Continue reading When you have nothing left to give and you gotta give more
My last blog post received a tremendous amount of feedback. Probably, because for the first time in quite a while I wrote more than a mildly comedic account of my life here. I wrote something honest. Not that all my other posts are filled with lies, but they often omit certain things. And even though … Continue reading Now what?
My first week here we had a scare of hand, foot, and mouth disease, but it turned out to be a false alarm. This week it seems like half the school has it...not a false alarm. But thankfully, one of those people isn't me. Hooray, health! But because three of my little ones had it, the school … Continue reading Check your hands! and your feet. and your mouth.
I was certified to teach English to adults. My post-training work experience was in tutoring elementary and high school students in English. And now my job is teaching babies who don't really speak Thai yet let alone English. Which I am hugely ill-prepared for... And yet I still think it's great. The first week at … Continue reading Teaching toddlers in Thailand…week 1
Everyone says it's super easy to get a job in Chiang Mai if you're a white English speaking female, especially with blonde hair and pale skin. What they don't tell you is its a little more difficult to get a job you actually want. Before the Celta was even over, I was offered a job … Continue reading Stability, rain, and envelopes of cash
It's a miracle, I know. 4 intense weeks of study, planning, and teaching, and it didn't kill me. I guess 4 years of college before that sort of helped prepare me for that. In the big picture a month really isn't that long. The last week of the course was challenging, but really much easier … Continue reading I survived the CELTA
It's the end of week 2 of the Celta, and i'm about ready for a vacation and a week-long nap. Week 1 was foundation work, learning the basics, and creating lesson plans from detailed teaching points prepared for us. Week 2 came with a little more freedom in our lesson plans, working from some set … Continue reading A Day in the Life of a CELTA Trainee…a photo diary
I have successfully made it through my first week of the CELTA course. When I was originally looking into the different teaching certification courses available, it seemed that there was a different acronym for every type of ESL teaching imaginable. TEFL, TESOL, CELTA, TOEFL, WAFFLE...you get the idea. But from what I had read, CELTA seemed … Continue reading CELTA: Week 1