My official name from the kids at Escola America de Campinas is “Ms. C.” Some of them call me Ms. Coggio, and their accents make my name sound so much nicer–a long “o” and a soft “g”…it sounds beautiful and intriguing (and obviously reflects who I am…)
So all day long, I hear: “Ms. C!” “Ms. C, I have a question!” “Ms. C, can I get a drink of water?” “Boa tarde, Ms. C!” My student who calls me Queen comes now to visit me whenever he has a spare moment. “Just making a visit, Ms. C.” He walked with me up from the cantina today and said, “I am going to make company with you.” And I replied, “Oh how nice! You’re a good kid!” and he said, “You’re a good teacher.”
I had an overwhelmingly awesome English class today. I have been really successful with one of my two classes especially, in which there are two boys who were on the verge of transferring to another school last year because they weren’t able to keep up with the demanding work load. One of the boys reminds me so much of some of the boys who were in my own middle school and so I especially want to see him succeed. He struggles with everything–even handwriting–and I know English is probably his least favorite subject. But in the last week, I have used different methods and have had a lot of fun in class, and he seems really interested. This class has a unique feeling. I feel like a real teacher, I feel like I am really happy with them. (My other class is the one I have to switch classrooms with, and so overall, that class feels less warm and lovey.) In a small way, I feel proud of myself for having a successful week with the first class and I really proud of myself for pulling for this kid and making sure he feels good about himself and successful in English. Just a minute ago, he poked his head in the room to look at the projects I had posted on the bulletin board. I told him he did really well in class today.
“Really?” he asked.
“Yeah, you did. And I want to see more of that.”
I am looking forward to the weekend, definitely, but for the first time in a long time, I am looking forward to seeing my kids next week.