14.01.2013 - 14.01.2013 28 °C
DAY 11, MONDAY, January 14th
No windshields to scrape; no cars to defrost! But morning routine favours a little laziness. Awake at 6:45 – pull on my ACODO T-shirt and shorts – grab my shoes outside the front door – 8 minutes walk to the orphanage for 7:00. As soon as I step in through the front gate, I have enthusiastic greetings from one or two stray kids. One or two others dash for the classroom and by the time I put down my hat and papers, there is a full contingent, reciting: “Good morning, Teacher…..” This first group is the cutest group of little kids I have all day.
Well, today there seemed to be something amiss. Two of the girls were sitting under their desks, and I couldn’t coax them out. It turns out that it is too cold today. I believe it is 28 degrees! We turned off the ceiling fans, but there is one at the front on the same switch as the light for the board. We need a light for the board – the only light in the room. Finally there was a compromise: We all helped move the desks three feet away from the front. Back to being a happy class. Even the light switch works! Last week, I got tired of jiggling it for 5 minutes, or having one of the boys do the same. I took it apart after Friday's class and said that I would fix it. It required a new switch, and I have found an electrical shop. One of the older boys, Bunlang, saw me and assured me that HE would see that it was done before the weekend was over. Either way was fine with me. He did it for me on Friday night! (No scandal of Canadian woman electrocuted in orphanage in Cambodia.)
Another class, and then I go for breakfast. One more, then it is the 4 hour lunch break. It has been whittled down to two. I help Jasmine with reading at 1:00 each day, and I come back to the school at 2:00 because one of the older boys has asked me to help him with difficult English words. I think up the words and then he works on them. Next time we discuss those words and I give him others.
My student from the morning, Honghav, was concerned. I was encouraging conversation in his class, today. His friend Pang, is a more confident speaker, and when we talked about sights in Siem Reap, it was hard to get much from Honghav. I finally suggested that Pang had a tourism business and he had employed 3 classmates to do tours, while he did the organizing. Now I, the wealthy American tourist, needed Honghav to tell me about the tour he would be doing with me. Explain a tuc-tuc etc. He did o.k. but I know we can continue with this. I said we would continue in the next week, as they have exams this week.
I went home for an early night.