11.01.2013 - 11.01.2013
Day 8, FRIDAY.
Teaching routine: 7 & 8 a.m. classes, 1 hour break, 9 a.m. class then 4 hour lunch break. I wandered around the town on lunch break and found a treat: stickers and children’s books in English and Khmer. I’ll try them out next week. (Boy it is fun being and elementary teacher!) Back “home” for a swim, then on to classes.
Afternoon classes have older students, so we often read or have conversations in English. Today’s reading was “Ancient Buildings” which lead to Cambodia’s ancient temples: in what centuries were they built? Pang is interested in history, so he left class and came back with a book in Khmer about the temples. We found ones built in the 8th to the 12th century. My favourite is Ta Prohm – overgrown with tree roots, the one filmed in “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom”. This led to discussing life back then, and invaders. Pang suggested Gengis Khan, so we looked this up. Hong Hav wanted to know if he invaded the temples. We found out that Gengis Khan’s empire extended from most of China right across to Eastern Europe. So Cambodia was spared.
I stayed on after classes. Soon the children who had gone out for Khmer and Math classes came back by van. As is the custom, each one came to me and other teachers, and putting hands together and bowing slightly said, “Welcome home, teacher.” And I replied.
I ate supper with the students today, and stayed on to watch their wonderful show. It is always so professional. Today Suvut was a monkey dancer. He is only 4 years old, so his costume is a bit big. I think his pants were too big because he kept pulling on the back of them, all the while continuing with the dance.
Home by nine. It is a long day, and tomorrow I will be visiting the ACODO farm.
You can see a short video of the Monkey Dance on the entry for January 25th.