I am a student in the Ann Arbor Languages Program and basically, I go to an Ann Arbor school every Tuesday and Thursday and I teach 3rd graders Spanish. I conduct the lessons entirely in Spanish going for an “immersion” effect. It has been one of the most: difficult, insightful, frustrating, rewarding, backbreaking, and ultimately-worth-it classes that I have ever taken. I teach 60 + kids for 1 and 30 min, twice a week, entirely in Spanish. Putting it in print takes all the life out of it, but trust me when I say that it is a lot of work. However, when the kids start to be able to tell me all the colors, numbers, months, and what the weather is outside, I can’t help but swell with a little bit of pride. I taught them everything they know, controlled a third grade class (7 and 8 year olds) and I did it entirely in Spanish. I can’t help but feel like I can do anything. Although, there were times when everything, and I mean everything, went wrong. There is nothing quite as humiliating as a 7 year old native spanish speaker announcing to the class that their “teacher” isn’t saying the word the right way. Words cannot describe the shame I felt. Of course, now I have a great story out of it.
Anyway, I bring this all up because I am making a portfolio for that class and in the minor course we are making our e-portfolios. There are many similarities between the two surprisingly. Both are going through a lot of failure and “boy I wish I could do this, but I lack the experience and time to make that happen.” One referring to my teaching and the other to my website creating skills. Although I have to say both are improving, the improvements are very slowly taking shape. Of course, both are requiring me to do a great deal of writing as well but this is not something that I really mind. After just finishing my orgo 2 exam, a paper of any kind is gladly accepted. This post is rapidly becoming a rant about how my end of the semester projects are piling up. So I’ll just end on this note CHICAGO CUBS OPENING DAY IS HERE!