Wow! I cannot believe we only have one more day of teaching. Today the sophomore group had our last first period class. The fourth graders completed their plant projects on Scratch. I was so glad to see that the three children I taught were having fun and were able to program things without me giving them instructions. Tomorrow I am excited to see all the fourth graders’ projects as we are having a show-and-tell. At the end of the day I got to experience the seventh grade period because the room we teach the fifth graders in was occupied and we had to dismiss the class. Although it saddened the fifth graders that we were not having class, it was great to meet the other students.
The three eighth graders I taught were very funny. They were all interested in soccer. When I asked them who their favorite soccer player was, two of the three said Lionel Messi. Since I watched the Fifa World Cup this year, I was able to start a conversation with them about the tournament. I told them that one of my favorite players was Messi and that I was sad when America lost to Germany. To make me feel better about America losing, one boy said, “At least they beat Portugal.” These little things that the students say to us make our day. For instance, today a student, named Domingo, came up to me and walked with me to our classroom. Because of things like the latter, it will definitely be hard to say goodbye to all the kids tomorrow.
St. John is a beautiful island, but I have not and will not ever get used to the shrieking birds in the morning or the bugs we find in our rooms. The picturesque beaches have well made up for the bug bites, the birds, and the showers. My official bug kill count is at one cockroach, many mosquitoes, and a grasshopper. Also, I have managed to injure one of two spiders we found in the rooms. Putting the bugs aside, this experience has been wonderful and I cannot wait to tell my family and friends about all the things that have happened here.