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Awsm4all
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   Posted 11/1/2011 5:03 AM (GMT -6)   
Hey everyone. I'm really glad I found this site. As the title says, I'm an American college-graduate that came to Taiwan to teach English to preschoolers. The preschool I am with has been offering this program for about 10 years now and I'm really happy I was accepted into it.

That being said, I'd like to also say that this is my first time in a teaching position like this. My major was not early childhood education, but was actually English Literature. I wanted to come because I like kids and I wanted to have the chance to come see Taiwan and experience another culture.

I've been teaching in the school for the past four months and have learned a ton about the kids. A lot of times, activities that I think will be really fun don't do too well because the kids don't understand me as well as they would understand a teacher speaking in their native language. Another problem is that there are around 40 kids in the school. That makes for really big classes (the 5-yr.-olds have 19 kids in their class) and I have some hard times keeping control. I have a Chinese teacher helping me at all times, but sometimes I feel like they are judging me because I barely know what I'm doing. Maybe I'm just being paranoid.

There's another American English teacher here, but she and I don't get along very well, so that's another difficult aspect to this job. We can't comfortably sit down and discuss the kids or teaching methods.

All of this has really taken a toll on my self esteem and my motivation. I don't eat well (too much and not healthily) and I feel drained of energy. Sometimes rolling out of bed in the morning is a chore because sleep has become a form of escape. There's only 6 weeks of the program left and then I am going home, but that feels like ages away. I just need to get through this last part. Does anyone have some advice or encouragement?

theHTreturns...
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   Posted 11/1/2011 5:13 AM (GMT -6)   
hi and welcome. jamie here.

you need to eat well. and you need some down time too. i worked with disabled kids teaching a fine and gross motor skills program, and i had to be on my game. constantly. take some time for you. what do you like to do? me it is music, poetry-when i feel up to it and walking, i walk everyday. you could start a daily journal.......gets it from out of ya head. is there any mentors you can see for a chat??? hoping this helps a little. maybe a chat with a dr maybe warranted. check up so to speak.

with healing compassion, jamie
EMOTIONALLY UNSTABLE PERSONALITY DISORDER,

RAPID CYCLING BI-POLAR DISORDER

REMEMBER TO LOVE YOU. BE YOU AND BE TRUE.

getting by
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   Posted 11/1/2011 8:11 AM (GMT -6)   
Good Morning,

I wanted to welcome you to the forum. What you are doing is sooo coool. I agree with Jamie, some relaxation and enjoying of your surroundings would be good. Get photos. Do you like to do that? You are in such a different culture. Learn as you teach. We are all very proud of your accomplishments. Keep posting.

Hugs, Karen
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Chartreux
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   Posted 11/1/2011 10:01 AM (GMT -6)   
Maybe try a calming tea, your in the best place to find teas...
That would be my suggestion to get you into relaxation, but I liked what
Karen/ getting by said, get a camera, if you don't have one and start taking pictures
and don't forget to get pictures of your students, so you can remember them.
This will be a great learning experience for you, so proud of what your doing, we are rooting
for you, you can make it...try saying that to yourself "I can Make it" and "I'm
doing a great job".
Don't sell yourself short, your doing a great job, believe it...
Many well wishes to you and keep us posted.

Awsm4all
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   Posted 11/2/2011 12:12 AM (GMT -6)   
Thank you so much everyone for your words of encouragement. I do keep a personal journal here, both written and in audio logs, where I do most of my angsting if I feel really down. I also keep a blog here: http://balloflove.blogspot.com/

I don't mean to do shameless self-promotion, but a few of you sounded like you might be interested in seeing it.

There's a lot to be done in the next 6 weeks. We are preparing for our Christmas program in December. It's going to be really weird celebrating Christmas without snow and in 60 degree weather! I come from Chicago, so at this time of year, it's freezing! But today it is 70 degrees, so it's throwing me off.

I will try the tea and picture suggestions. I'll just have to keep repeating mantras to myself like Chartreux suggested.

Thanks everyone!

theHTreturns...
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   Posted 11/2/2011 12:18 AM (GMT -6)   
smilewinkgrin   smilewinkgrin smilewinkgrin smilewinkgrin jamie
EMOTIONALLY UNSTABLE PERSONALITY DISORDER,

RAPID CYCLING BI-POLAR DISORDER

REMEMBER TO LOVE YOU. BE YOU AND BE TRUE.
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