Hard to keep up with time. Its running through my fingers and I can’t seem to hold on to moments long enough. Again, a post to combine it all.
End of the school year means graduation parties
After all grades were submitted, the students had a chance to let loose and celebrate the next step HIGH SCHOOL! However, before the party a small graduation ceremony was held in a classroom where parents and teachers were in attendance. During the ceremony the dirigentie, head teacher, spoke about each student. In most cases, the dirigentie has been with the same class since 5th grade so he/she can speak, in depth, about each student’s educational development throughout the years. After he speaks, teachers and parents are invited to share their thoughts about the class. Along with other teachers, I also spoke and before I could get a word out I started to cry. Imagine me crying and speaking Romanian….I highly doubt anyone understood what I said. To clarify what I said I’ll summarize “…I don’t know if I successfully taught you any English, however what is important is the connection that you and I have made throughout the year[…] what we learn in a classroom is not always the most important lesson in life, however the relationship developed between us is what matters the most.”
Although I was only their teacher for one year, I became close to them through other school activities and will definitely miss them next year.
Students and I celebrated our last English club meeting with cake, orange fanta and the distribution of diplomas. The students received a diploma because, as it was written on the diploma, the “participant has successfully completed one full year of participation in English Club and demonstrated the ability to speak English in an environment outside of the classroom with a native English speaker”. Which basically means, we understand each other 🙂 I had a great year with the kids, we played American football, watched movies, made posters to decorate our classroom, planned a Halloween and Easter party, wrote poetry, sang Christmas songs, went to the US Embassy, and laughed all the time. I don’t know how we are going to top this year, but I’m sure the students will come up with fun activities for the next school year.
Hiking and biking with my students:
I’ve had so much fun with my students the last two weekends. First I went on a hike with my students from Pociovalestea that lasted about 4hours, which might not seem like long but when you are the only “adult” with 7 6th and 7th grade boys, hiking, under the hot sun…its a really long time. Nonetheless, we had a great time picking cherries, mulberries, kicking the soccer ball around, and I amused them with a scary story about a wolf man that lives in the forest :). No sighting of him on this occasion, but we’ll continue to search for him.
After getting my bike fixed, I was able to join my students on a fun bike ride around Novaci. The students showed me a new path to the river and we successfully made it there with only one minor injury. The temperature on Saturday was in the 90s and it was brutal to ride our bikes without taking a drink of water every 5minutes.
A Romanian wedding, Silviu and Diana
I had a delightful time at Silviu and Diana’s wedding. While there are many similarities between American and Romanian weddings, here are some differences: