We finally got ourselves up early enough to go to work with Jarrett. He teaches English at a Thai school about 15 km from our house. We got up at 5:30 am, grabbed some homemade donuts from a shop on our walk to our ride, and headed out. The boys were sleepy, but excited.
The main school building with offices, middle school, and high school
We got to school about 7:30 am and dropped off all of our snacks and drinks and Jarrett dropped off his bag at his desk. All of the teachers of the upper grades and the principal have their office in here.
Jarrett was very popular and it took us a long time to get to opening ceremonies because of all the high fives:)
Panasonic originally built this school
The students from Kindergarten to High school all lined up for songs for their country and King and for Buddha.
Boys and girls were separated in the lines, but they were together in the classroom.
Buddhist chant with hands in prayer position
Peyton taking it all in
Plumeria tree. Jarrett said the first day on his job he was a little unsure, but then saw this tree and smiled.
Jarrett’s first class was in the younger kids’ building. It was older, but made of soft wood and very charming.
The children take off their shoes before going into the classrooms
Everyone wanted me to take their picture:)
Jarrett’s first class was elementary children, his aide, Ping, was at the front in the green shirt and helped translate for some parts.
Jarrett plays games every morning when he hands out their names tags. It was pretty funny. He would hold it high so they could not reach it, or act like he could not see them when they came up.
Conner thought it was so funny and tried to help the kids get their name tags:)
The bamboo sticks that all the teachers (not Jarrett) use to hit the children any where on their body. We saw it happen many times during our day there.
Jarrett gave the children an assignment and when they were done they all came up to show him. He drew pictures of Mickey Mouse or Angry Birds on each page to show they did a good job.
Part of their dress code is their short haircut. Even the high schoolers are required to have their hair cut to the bottom of their ears.
After his first class he had a break, so the boys played on the playground
Jarrett’s second class was older children, so the boys wrote their names on the board to introduce themselves.
Everyone wanted to take pictures of them.
And then lots of giggling ensued:)
Lunch was next, the students and the teachers eat under the same pavilion, but at different tables.
The students all eat the same food from these big pots, I didn’t look to see if they were served the same things as the teachers or not.
We majorly lucked out this day. They served white meat chicken and rice. The boys loved it.
Next class, more name tag games
To say that I was in love with this class is a major understatement. I seriously wanted to take them all home with us, and after I asked Jarrett and he said that they were his favorite class, shh, don’t tell.
Conner was a major celebrity and spent most of the class going around shaking hands.
The kids were giggling and yelling for him to come by their desk, but he barely cracked a smile. He was very serious about it and later told me in awe how everyone wanted to shake his hand and he could not believe it.
Conner, emboldened by his popularity, went to the front and started drawing silly pictures of Jarrett on the chalk board.
His popularity soared.
This is Jarrett in a diaper with a mustache.
Peyton spent most of the day working in a notebook that Jarrett’s principal gave him. He practiced spelling words and would come and show them to me to see if he had them spelled correctly. Jarrett and I talked after how we were surprised how social Conner was and how happy Peyton was just watching.
Jarrett has made up many songs for all of his classes, but this class had memorized them all and sung them loud and proud.
Did I mention that I wanted to take them home?
The boys are lost in this sea of children after the class got out for more hand shakes.
All the girls from this class were so precious. I sat on a bench outside after class and gave them all hugs. Then one of them asked for a kiss on her cheek and then a line formed and I was getting and giving millions of kisses on their soft little cheeks:)
It was such a special day and we all had so much fun. The boys want to go with Jarrett to work every day now and we probably will start to go if we can get up and out the door. It makes it even more amazing that we can make a living doing such an amazing job. We even efile our taxes for back home in the States quickly and easily online
I fell even more in love with Jarrett yesterday as I watched him teach. He is the best person I know at living in the moment and he poured himself into each class and it was so endearing to watch. I was also very impressed with his creative teaching skills since this is not his degree, and I saw him do so many things naturally that I have read many books on in creative ways to teach the boys.
It was also so fun to watch the boys in such a different environment than they are used to. They were so adapting and fun-loving and enjoyed being with all the children. It was a very special day for all of us.