Monthly Archives: July 2013

The Simple Pleasures

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A month into teaching and its been a whirlwind ride. From the first week to now, every day has been a new experience. More than anything it has been a learning experience. Getting to know each and every one of my students, what they like and do not like, seeing them work together in teams and watching them try and learn in class. It been a lot of trial and error for me;

My Math Vocab Wall, Team Chart (shields are the Harry Potter Houses) and Reading Strategies Poster.

My Math Vocab Wall, Team Chart (shields are the Harry Potter Houses) and Reading Strategies Poster.

what makes perfect sense in my mind and on paper doesn’t necessarily mean that it will go that way in the class. Actually some of my best planned lessons have flopped because I forgot to account to what possibly could go wrong in class and ended up with 40 10-12 year old jumping on tables. There have been days when I have left school extremely frustrated, tired and even angry. However, one thing that I have come to cherish is the unconditional love from my students. They want to help me in anything and everything, from carrying my file folder to bag to sticking up all our class charts. Somedays it can be a lot, just imagine 40 kids screaming “Didi, Didi, Didi” right when you walk into school just because they are so excited to see you and help you. It is way different from walking into my HR, recruiting world.

Our class jobs board, we have Prefects (class monitors) and Keepers (class cleanliness leaders). The students vote for their leaders every two weeks.

Our class jobs board, we have Prefects (class monitors) and Keepers (class cleanliness leaders). The students vote for their leaders every two weeks.

When the best laid lesson plans fail and all my class behavior strategies are not working, anger and frustration is just an understatement. However, my students change my attitude as quickly as they caused it. Each kid still wants to give me a high five and hug when they leave class. One hug and high five is enough to remove all that fatigue. Such a simple gesture from these little kids has been the best reward.
Leaving all of you with some pictures of my class and notes from my students.

Best Notes (Owl Mail as we call them in Class)

Best Notes (Owl Mail as we call them in Class)

Baby Fair Weekend

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This past weekend I visited the bi-annually held Thailand Baby and Kids Best Buy fair held at the Queen Sirikit Convention Center (QNSCC). The center holds events throughout the year, and hosts everything from pet expos to travel fairs. This four day event is quite popular for both expectant parents as well as those with toddlers. In addition to discounted rates, it also provides the convenience of everything under one roof.

One could basically walk out with an entire nursery stocked for a new born. There was everything from cloth diapers and cots to baby carriers, sterilizers, play mats and even baby-safe nail paint.

One of the numerous aisles at the fair

One of the numerous aisles at the fair

Being a popular event, the venue was packed with expectant mothers as well as those parents with young children. I definitely made the right decision of leaving my baby at home. It would have been near impossible to hold him and go through the available stock, even though my mom was with me.

Discounts at Wacoal Baby

Discounts at Wacoal Baby

My brother had picked quite a bit of clothes and accessories during the earlier baby fair which was held in February, and comparatively the clothes were much better last time round. This time the clothes were first of all mostly for girls, and even then either really small sizes or then for toddlers. It was quite difficult to stock up on clothes for 9-12 and even 6-9 months for boys. Parents with baby girls must have had a blast. I saw the cutest shorts from Benetton in a whole range of candy colors, then there were dresses, skirts, ballet pumps and strappy sandals.

Tiny baby shoes

Tiny baby shoes

One of the many book stockists

One of the many book stockists

Nevertheless I picked a few t-shirts, shorts, a pair of jeans from Gap baby, night suit sets, caps, socks, and a few educational flip cards. On the way back, we stopped by at a baby store and picked up the very popular Sophie the Giraffe teething toy for later, as it is not available in India. In the evening we headed to H&M, which is also currently on sale, and picked the cutest cardigans for my boy.

All in all a successful shopping weekend for my baby, and surprisingly I did not make a single purchase. I definitely recommend checking the baby fair if you are traveling to Thailand at this time of the year and have little ones.

Wimbledon: A Lazy Sunday with Dad

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Wimbledon Finals are here; both Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic have started their practice before the coveted game begins. Even though my favorite Roger Federer was out in Round 2, I still find myself all geared up to watch these players at the All England Club in London. May be the reason is that I grew to love watching tennis, especially  Wimbledon, because of my dad.  It was probably one of the first sport that I understood and watched with him. Growing up, due to our hostel routine and dad’s extensive travel schedule, Sunday was pretty much the only time we were together as a family.

I can recall my dad explaining me all about the Pete Sampras and Agassi matches, his awe of Boris Becker, and now being with me on the Roger Federer express. Actually, I think I like Federer so much because he became my dad’s favorite player. I didn’t know much about Federer prior to watching the 2003 Wimbledon. I saw Dad cheering for him and I, just like I did when I was younger, followed suit.  In the US, I wasn’t able to watch Wimbledon Finals alongside him, but we would still update each other on the scores (well, he would update me most of time) via text messages. Our texts would be a simple message just as “Fedex through to finals”  or “Nadal is out, yay!”

A picture of dad and me from my wedding festivities :)

A picture of dad and me from my wedding festivities 🙂

Even though I am in India, we aren’t Wimbledon together this year, and I can’t help reminisce about my time watching Wimbledon with him. It was probably one of my fondest memories. Wimbledon always brings “daddy’s little girl” out in me.