Go on, take a peek!
Ever wonder what a kindergarten classroom in the Western Region of the UAE looks like? Well, if you have, you’re a part of a very niche group of people, I can assure you!
It’s always fun to have a window into the lives of people we know and love, or just some random stranger who happens to be doing something you’re interested in.
So, without further adieu, my KG1B children introducing themselves . . .
The kids are generally about four years old and they’ve gone from wetting their pants and crying for mommy, to answering simple questions in English, and testing twice a semester. It’s not an easy curriculum for the wee ones – integrating all the English and Math vocabulary with hands-on activities has been a challenge, especially in the face of a rather ambitious pacing chart. But we’re having fun and learning together. Every day gets a little easier.
And a little more interesting . . .
The kindergarten classroom is setting the stage for these kids’ futures. And some of the scenes are rather entertaining!
Take, for example, the little rascals who happen to be a bit bossy, always standing up, not necessarily paying attention to the lesson, they’re smart when they try, but usually they’re trying to tell some other kid what to do.
As teachers, we put these kids into leadership positions for two reasons: 1. It keeps them from getting into trouble. Much better they’re passing out pencils than smacking their neighbors upside the head! 2. Ever heard the phrase, “Keep your friends close and your enemies closer?” Definitely applicable here!
What’s funny, is these kids are likely going to run countries or big companies when they grow out of the drooling stage. They’re power hungry, they get into things, they need to be in charge. So what do we do? We vote for them!
Then there’s the Nerd Alert of the classroom. Don’t get me wrong, I love these girls – and yes, they are just about always girls – I may actually have been one of them at some point in my academic career. They know all the answers, do more than they’re asked to, and even finish early. But what do we give them in return, besides a “good job!” and a sticker? Extra work! I say with nothing but hope, that this kind of student will eventually find their way back into academia where they can continue to … do more work!
I’ve already mentioned the uncanny parallels between some of KG kids and boys I’ve dated in the past. There’s the masochistic charmer and the starry-eyed dreamer to name a few . . .
And then we have the Shadow Teachers, that rare breed of super bebe that embodies all we’re looking for in a student: smart, sociable, confident, respectful, creative. This kid’s got it goin’ on. What’ll they grow up to be? Anything they want!
We’ve lost a few kids on the roster these last few weeks because the UAE asks foreign residents to pay for their kids to come to public schools. Some parents simply can’t afford it, especially if they’re supporting their other children through school, not to mention the fact that Kindergarten isn’t compulsory. An interesting topic for debate there, perhaps at a later date when I’m not actually living under Big Brother’s watch. 😉
So goes another week in the desert. I’m still writing lotsa yoga-related articles, and just got one accepted by Elephant Journal for online publication (yay!). More on that to come . . .
Til next time x