It was a busy seven weeks with so many things to do and learn, but I’ve successfully completed my first term in Penang. I was initially worried that my extended break might have erased everything I ever learned about teaching, but stepping into the classroom on my first day was like having a switch turned back on and it all just came back to me.
I’ve managed to learn nearly all of my students’ names, but I definitely need to work on my pronunciation because the kids giggle at me when I say someone’s name wrong. They refuse to correct me, though, they just sit there and giggle their little hearts out.
I’m also back to teaching adults, which I’m incredibly happy about. I haven’t taught adults since the last time I was in Malaysia and I didn’t realise how much I’ve missed it. After teaching young learners for so long, it’s just a welcome change to have that again.
So I started out teaching only adults, then only young learners, and now I teach adults during the week and young learners at the weekend — it seems like it’s progressing quite nicely. I often have to remind myself that I’m with my dream employer now. It was just a goal for such a long time and now I’m here.
I’ve also had some time to get my creativity going again. I’ve been drawing mandalas and I’m slowly getting back into lettering. Next to get restarted is painting and sketching. I should be able to find some pretty good inspiration for that with the lovely buildings in George Town (if I can find the energy to leave my house and wander around on my days off).
New term starts tomorrow!