The Ups and Downs

For all those newbies (and even the world weary ones too) i thought i should put a word in about the ups and downs we face..er not in life lil’ ones.. (even i am too young to write on that) i mean those we face in class!!

Let me begin with me..for those of you who don’t know me (shame on u if you don’t know me)

I am Rosemary… and i teach at St Teresa’s.. I have been teaching there since I joined mad.. (a year or so ago)

i have been with the same kids since i started too(they r 8th and 9th std kids now )..and trust me its a great feeling, especially if the kids love u like mine does.. You might think I am exaggerating, but no .. I am sure they genuinely like me as i like them…

(do u think i am rhyming too much?? will try not to but it simply comes..the poet in me..sigh)

well now that we have established that I have gr8 kids and that I am a gr8 teacher(or so i would like to think)

this is not enough for a class to be a success..

Just them loving you doesn’t mean they might want to sit in your class and listen to you speak or act or sing…

in fact there have been times when i have prepared and planned classes (major ones with gr8 games and stuff) but alas :

1) no one turned up

2)they didn’t want to do it

3) they were too tired

4) they were simply too bloody lazy

5)and yeah.. the game /activity was an utter failure

and those class when …you r too tired /uh your dog is  upset with you/bad hair day..oh and generally a terrible day .. You should know what I mean

and trust me

i have gone through all these and more

……………………………………………………

but believe me ppl……these downs are few and far b/w …but the ups ..oh boy..the ups are worth all those tears and pain…

so friends..the point is..(its one am  and i am quite sleepy so forgive me if i sound confused ) er yea

the point is……despite all those downs u face…hang on in there. Coz the pot of gold is just round the corner and the ride is simply too good to miss out on..and your kids..they love and adore u.. and they depend on you to have faith and trust in them….

and I, well, I  have  these three in mine… and come rain or shine …. i shall stand by them ..and i hope they by me ……………

well i shall follow up on this blog (may be with a few downs or specific downs ) but right now i am off to bed ..

But newbies,

don’t be disappointed in you or your kids when u have the downs..

wait..

wait..

4 that pot of gold..for it will strike..

and..

have faith..

have hope..

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  1. says

    hehe..gr8 article to start with!! There used to be so many complaints about how badly our volunteers needed Psychiatric support in the first year of MAD. Back then we had no syllabus, didn’t know what class control was and half our volunteers were actually a lil crazy (probably because I did let a lot of my friends in). We all thought our kids would Walk Engleesh Talk Engleesh by the end of the year and but things didn’t go exactly as planned I guess..but looking back I am no longer as disappointed as I used to be, because I guess its what we went through back then that helped us realize how important a syllabus is and how necessary class control is …if it wasn’t for those clueless days we would have never dared to invest so much on our syllabus and trust me today we feel its all paid of. Last day when me an Sanjana visited a trainer who Ratan suggested would help us develop our syllabus, she was so surprised to see the way we teach and the kind of activities we do that we ended the day promising her to mail her more of our activities and structure that she can use in her class :) So yes, what Lil Rose said makes a lot of sense, there are a lot of ups and downs in all this that we are doing… But I strongly believe its necessary to go down once in a while…because that’s when you are forced to think and learn..And with what you have learned..you’ll reach new heights that would have never been possible without the downs :)

  2. says

    hehe..gr8 article to start with!! There used to be so many complaints about how badly our volunteers needed Psychiatric support in the first year of MAD. Back then we had no syllabus, didn’t know what class control was and half our volunteers were actually a lil crazy (probably because I did let a lot of my friends in). We all thought our kids would Walk Engleesh Talk Engleesh by the end of the year and but things didn’t go exactly as planned I guess..but looking back I am no longer as disappointed as I used to be, because I guess its what we went through back then that helped us realize how important a syllabus is and how necessary class control is …if it wasn’t for those clueless days we would have never dared to invest so much on our syllabus and trust me today we feel its all paid of. Last day when me an Sanjana visited a trainer who Ratan suggested would help us develop our syllabus, she was so surprised to see the way we teach and the kind of activities we do that we ended the day promising her to mail her more of our activities and structure that she can use in her class :) So yes, what Lil Rose said makes a lot of sense, there are a lot of ups and downs in all this that we are doing… But I strongly believe its necessary to go down once in a while…because that’s when you are forced to think and learn..And with what you have learned..you’ll reach new heights that would have never been possible without the downs :)

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