As my five week teaching contract in Surrey comes to a close, I sigh a breath of relief, happy to be out into the wide world again. At times being here has felt like a prison sentence – only half an hour from London but miles from any shops, mobile phone signal, friends – and for me to think this is remote – well I have been practically living on a desert island for a year and a half.
However, one good thing is that as well as teaching English, I have taught creative projects and workshops: shadow puppets, cookery, photography, drama and this week stop frame animation.This is me making tapas with the kids (their idea).
Here are the three short animations we (kids aged 9-14 – Russian, Chinese, Italian, Bulgarian, Ukranian) made this week (one is also at the top of the post.)
I also taught business skills workshops where the kids watched ‘The Apprentice’ and were given the brief to think of a business idea which would make money for the charity The Koala School in Sierra Leone on the final disco night. One group of kids decided to organise a raffle and the other to make and sell ice lollies, which we did in the school kitchen. They made £60 and it was brilliant fun.
Now I need to try and figure out what I’m going to work on between now and Dec 14, when I am bridesmaid at a wedding in London….I hope hoping for some interesting new challenges!