Our coworkers are lovely (as you know) and so are our students. So far, it's a bit exhausting (our Saturdays and Sundays are super long), but it's a blast (and not all week long) so it's worth it.
We haven't done much today. We're just recuperating, since we haven't had a day to ourselves since we landed. We talked to family for a few hours and that's about it.
I thought I'd show you the video of Ian's teaching demo during training so that you had an idea of what we do. Now, this is a kindy class, so it's not indicative of every class. Also, know that not everything about the ALWAYS method jives with our TEFL training. We're still working out how to best combine the two. I'll try to get a hold of one of my videos because I think it might be a little more surprising. To Ian, clowning comes naturally, but I need to make a complete transformation to be successful in the classroom.
Speaking of which, that was actually one of the great things about TLH, they were super supportive of personality differences and didn't perpetuate the misguided notion that only extroverted people make good teachers. I draw my energy from my students, that's the key. Primary school kids need a lot of stimulus and if you want their full attention, you need to be ALL OF THE STIMULUS. Nothing should be more interesting. On the other hand, good luck getting teenagers behind playing a game or singing a song. They want to be treated like adults, so it's super important that they speak about their personal opinions and ideas (textbooks are usually pretty terrible at relating to actual people).