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ALUMNA BLOG: On Assignment in Indonesia - Puppetry and Prayer

February 07, 2011

Category: Alumni, History & Politics


Ebersole

by Lauren Ebersole '07 ;

What follows is a random series ofEvents that have happened since the last email. SCHOOL: The first month of the new year is almost over and like the last 10 has flown by. I'm zooming toward the one-year anniversary of stepping foot in Indonesia. Since the holiday I have been spending my time teaching and getting acquainted with my new students. I am teaching 5 new classes this semester. Three grade 11 and two grade 10. I teach my host sister. On the first day of class she wouldn't look at me for the first few minutes, but now it's fine. She tells me on a continual basis that I am a mean teacher. I think that stems partly from the fact that I don’t allow them to cheat and when they copy work I make them redo it. I'm not sure that qualifies me as mean, just different from the usual. The students seem to think I'm funny; mostly they laugh at my pronunciation of Indonesian words. I do my best to keep class as relaxed as possible.  Read more...


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