Skip to main content

Zega Bula

I couldnt make today up if I tried. It was absolute craziness and it threw me for such a loop, the entire day was kind of off. I guess it started from the weekend when I had a corneal abrasion that healed itself with some eye drops and a bit of rest. I eagerly drove to school early for set up and to see what, if anything, happened in my room while I was away. I walk in and no carpet. I ask the boys who were in the room and they said they didnt know. I chat them up a little with the usual greetings and tell them I missed them and carry on.

A little later the cleaning lady comes in to tell me they messed up the room, that a teacher took pictures, that someone messed up the carpet...pretty much what I could gather from her broken English. She kept saying, "no problem" but I told her it was a big problem and I marched them to the office to see Mudeera (principal). I then find out that the HOF is the one who took the pictures and it wasnt a pretty sight. My mouth fell open when I discovered the boy had take a purposeful POOP on the carpet. Items were taken off shelves and things were on the floor. According to the kids, it was TWO kids, out of twenty.I dont know WHAT got into them. I kept in mind that they are five BUT to put bula/poop on the floor is unacceptable!
So parents are called.I talked to one mom though I never quite know what to say in situations like these with the language barrier.

Anyway, the day continues on but its difficult to continue the day with the room being rearranged and not having that carpet area for circle time...I take the kids to music but she isnt there. GREAT! They arent walking in the hallway quietly so we won't go outside as a replacement for music class. Instead, we go to the room and sit quietly on the rug and I say a few words about their behavior. One kids asks about eating and I promptly let him know it isnt time yet.

A short while later, the music teacher comes in. "10:15. Did you forget music is this period?" I confusingly tell her no, that the kids I sent looking for her said she wasnt here, that she had gone...and I send them on their way with her. I look at the clock and then at the schedule on the way and realize the period that just passed was SNACK TIME!!! ugh.

No lights in the music room, malfunction maybe?,so the kids went outside with the teacher. Im trying to regroup and get the room together and some kids come back to my room talking about a student and after a bit of charades I quickly stand up thinking, "I know he did not break his arm"! Before I get out of the classroom, more kids running my way telling me the same thing. I have them fall in behind me as I march to the office for answers. Indeed, he jumped off some equipment, natural for a kid his age, and fell on his arm. When I saw him, it was in a splint and he was waiting for the ambulance. I didnt go all the way into the room. Just enough to see him laying with the nurse. I almost cried for him. I know he was in pain.

We managed to go back to the room and eat and finish last period. I dont know if my "speech" about safety was understood but Im sure my unhappiness with the day was. My little translator didnt hesitate to step in and give the kids a piece of her mind. I could tell by the sound of her voice,lol. One day I want to record her and find out exactly what she is saying to them.Im sure she's going to be very helpful to her teacher next year when she's not in one of her moods.

(sigh)
I also have lots to say about my lesson plans and my grouping but Ill save that for another day/entry.


*zega/bula: pee/poop
I learned this after one of the kids was chanting it to the dismay of others so I knew it couldnt be good.

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

shwaya arabi

Being here for so long makes me feel like I should be speaking more Arabic. Some people here will ask you why you don't know more.I even had a rude guy tell me how he speaks English and that I should be speaking Arabic. Im sure it didn't cross his mind that he has many opportunities to practice using English because that is what is used everywhere. In regards to Arabic, not only is it not often used in public places but there are different dialects so words I learn at school may have no meaning if you are not Emirati.  Anyway, I started my list with about 70 and have and will add to it as words cross my mind.Im sure when school starts again Ill remember some more!
ana:mema araf:i can't/i don't know howsawili:do it for meathini:give it to mebes:stopshwaya:little or slowlymafi:nonebadoon:withoutbadoon sote:stop talkingisma:listenimshi:walktabur:line upbucara:tomorrowinshallah:God willingsabah al khair: good morningana habuk:i love youel ab:playbehedu:nicelyel ab behedu:p…

GET OUT

Brace yourself.

It's coming.

Piles of things with nowhere to go and an impending deadline. You have a million things to do so you begin the arduous task of figuring out what to keep and what to let go of. In the beginning, it seems easy enough. Maybe you don't have lots of things. In which case, the above picture will never be you. In most cases, however, just get your tissue ready. Or your bottle of libation. Whichever suits your fancy.

Let me start with the process of letting things go. Because I am so smart, I began paring down months ago. It felt good and I was so proud of myself for being on top of things. After that, I began to walk around my house and think about what I would post things for when the time came. I decided I didn't want the hassle of bargaining so I would post things for a ridiculous price. Satisfied that I had time, I continued on with daily life. Fast forward some months and we get the paper work. It is so confusing that I set it aside and figured …

Moroccanoil Soap

If youve read this blog for any length of time, Im sure youve gotten your laughs off my Moroccan bath experience. As crazy as that was for me, i believe I will be going to get one again, though at a much better establishment!
Today, I ran across this product



 And while waiting in line for a price, an Arabic lady gave it the once over, looked inside, and nodded her head in approval of what was inside. After seeing it was only 9.50 dhm, I got another. Once I try it, I will certainly give a review! In the meantime, here is information about the product-or products like this:

Moroccan Black Soap and How To Use It



The black soap is part of the traditional hammam ritual. It is the first treatment in oriental public bath. With a texture of butter, this natural vegetable paste based with black olives is rich in vitamin E.
It is obtained from a mixture of oil and crushed olives, soaked in salt and potash. In the nineteenth century it was used as a product of Dermatology and later became a real b…