Hello sweeties, how’s your summer going? I’ve actually taught my first ESL lesson now! It’s kinda like learning to drive…you’ve taken the lessons, you’ve passed the test and then you’re out on the road on your own! Very nerve wracking for the first time, but getting easier! The students did say that they liked me because I wasn’t strict as the other teachers, which is a trifle disconcerting, and probably means that I need to be a
little lot more formal….art doesn’t always work with rigid structure, and once you get the ‘how to’ out of the way, the students are generally working on their own individual work, and the TESOL teacher training I did was with adults, so it was much more relaxed! I’m doing more of the leisure activities with the under sixteen's outside of the school day too, so they’re more relaxed with me. A double edged sword? I dunno, its good fun, I do an art and craft club on a Thursday night with them, and we do things on Sunday afternoons like photography outings, and this Sunday we went to see the new Harry Potter film. They were all excited to see the film with the characters true voices, apparently Russian dubbing’s not quite the same *lol* They were surprised that Prof McGonagall had a Scottish accent – they’d never guessed that! It was funny listening to them talking about the film afterwards, and hearing them talk about their various crushes…apparently Hermione was a big hit with the lads! I did enjoy the film, but I think there were a few key characters and events that were cut out, and that spoilt it for me. I won’t go into it too much though, in case people haven’t seen it yet! I remember when I got the Deathly Hallows book, I had mine on pre-order and for the day or so beforehand, I didn’t dare read a paper, watch the telly, or go online until I’d read it!
I went to stay with my sister on Friday night, the plan was to have dinner, play on the Wii and work off the dinner we’d just consumed, but alas her batteries died, so we ended up playing with her kitten Missy instead. Let me tell you now that Missy is about six weeks old and has Very Very Sharp Claws and Teeth! She is also learning to Hunt People. Ouch!
She has her favourite toys…
but prefers the taste of
She also loves to climb legs!
I finished my last bookmark for the bookmark swap and sent them all off across the pond to the USA. Here’s my final bookmark
My partner gave one of her theme choices as Spock, from the original series, so this is a slightly different twist on that theme – I thought about having his face on there, but you know, that was just toooo easy! I traced around my hand to do the Vulcan salute – what… you can’t do it? Maybe I’m a geek, maybe it’s natural talent…M can’t do it, Kirk can’t do it, but I can! Then I added the Star Fleet insignia, with a blue circle to show Spock’s science background, I added ‘Live long and prosper’ in Vulcan script on either side…you can’t read it?
Look a little closer and read downwards…can you read it now? *lol* Okay, it’s not actual Vulcan script, but a close approximation of it! Did you know that Scotty (James Doohan was a linguist) developed the Vulcan spoken language and also had a major part in the development of the Klingon language. I found out this in my research for this bookmark! There you go, if this ever comes up in a Trivial Pursuit game, you’ll know the answer! And I coloured the hand Vulcan green – yeah I know Spock isn’t this green, but I took artistic licence! And on the flip side?
A true Spock-ism!
All in Federation font. That little insignia at the bottom is the Science insignia! So now it’s in the post and I just have to wait for it to wing its way over the ocean to my swap partner. In the meantime, I’ve started my first item for the Summer Slamdance over on Craftster, which is an ‘Invite Your Partner’ swap. The lovely Javede invited me, so my mind is now buzzing with ideas for her! Right, the sun is shining and the sky is blue which is a rare moment so I’ll be bidding you all farewell so that I can take the Uberhound for a nice walk!
Ta ta for now!