|My Future. Could not be more excited.|
I spent the last five weeks here in New Zealand working as a student teacher at Ranui Primary School. As mentioned previously, Ranui is worlds different from any previous teaching experiences I have had, but I loved every minute of it!
|Happy times at Ranui School|
*A difference I forgot to mention, instead of calling me Miss Earl, my kids called me Whaea Kylie. Whaea is the Maori word for teacher. The 'wh' makes the sound of an f, the 'ae' makes the long i sound and the 'a' is like a short u sound. It's like saying 'fire' with a Boston accent. Somehow having kids yelling, "Whaea! Whaea! Whaea!" at you is way cuter then when they yell, "Teacher! Teacher! Teacher!"*
|Me and some of my kids|
Being the tall, blonde, and extremely white Americans that we are, Brooke and I were easy to recognize and quickly gained celebrity status around the school. Kids we had never seen before would run up to hug us and say, "Good morning Kylie! You and Brooke look beautiful today!" It was pretty awesome.
|Chillin at recess. Naisali liked to treat me like his arm candy.|
|One day I took them outside and spent 45 minutes teaching them how to play Ships and Sailors. #educationthatmatters|
Kids Say the Darndest Things: Ranui Edition
I'm walking to the teacher's lounge when a little girl comes out of nowhere and stops in front of me
little girl: "You look like a coconut tree."
me: "Uh... thanks?"
little girl pulls me down and whispers in my ear: "That's why you're so tall."
|"Reading" at the library|
|Ben and Lafi at Recess and me with a kid on each side in the background. They would not leave my sides, especially on the last day.|
Naisali gives me a hug
Naisali: "How big are you?"
me: "How big am I? Just look at me."
Naisali: "No, how big are you? like a number!"
me: "Oh! How much do I weigh? I only know it in pounds, not kilos, so it wouldn't make sense to you."
Naisali: "But haven't you gone to the doctor? They tell you how big you are."
me: "I've been to the doctor in America, but never in New Zealand so I still don't know my weight."
Naisali thinks for a while: "Can you get hurt?"
me: "What do you mean?"
Naisali: "Can you get hurt? and then go to the doctors?
me: "Well yes, if I got hurt I could go to the doctors."
Naisali: "Oh good! You get hurt, then you go to the doctors and you can tell me how big you are. Can I hurt you???"
|Playing duck duck goose|
I am on recess duty walking around with a group of my kids as I "monitor" the field
Ben: Whaea, can I hold your water bottle?
Ezekiel: Can I hold your badge?
Illisani: Can I hold your clipboard?
and then I am left walking around hands empty while the kids truck around me stuff
Illisani: This is fun! It's like we're your slaves!
|my team of hair professionals|
|They challenged me to a race. I tripped on my skirt and the whole thing almost came off. Plus I lost. It was so much fun!|
I am sitting in my teacher chair and Ben comes over, sits at my feet, and begins rubbing my calf
me: Ben, what are you doing
Ben (With a face that clearly says duh): Rubbing your legs.
me: Well don't do that
Ben: Well then can I rub your shoulders?
Ezekiel: No! Let me rub your shoulders!
Ben as he pouts off to his desk: You never let me rub your shoulders!
|Ben being Ben|
|Ben just came and sat on my legs like it was the most normal thing in the world. I am mildly obsessed with this kid.|
me: Not personally, but I have heard of him
girl: Do you want to date him?
girl looking really relieved: Oh thank goodness! Because he just broke up with Selena Gomez and she is DESPERATE to get back with him.
|Niang, Anna, Luta, and Afelini|
|Luta and Afleini|
|Foga and Ana|
|Ben getting ready for swimming|
The boys in class were commenting on the ring on my fingers
Ezekiel: You've got rings, that means you're married.
me: No, I would wear it on this finger if I were married, but I wear it on this finger because I'm single.
Kian: Wait, how old are you again?
Kian: I'm 11. How old will you be when I'm 21?
me: I'll be 31
Kian: Well, that's not too old at all!
I was telling my class that I was waiting to hear if I got an internship
me: If I don't get a job, I'm not sure what I will do.
Muna: You can move back here! We will give you a job!
Class: Yeah! Move back here!
Popua: Yeah, if you move back here, I would let you be the janitor!
|My kids are total camera hogs|
|Ben got a free sample of sunscreen, so he put it all over his face naturally.|
Man I am going miss these kids so much! I mean look at those faces, wouldn't you?