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Highlights of my week

I had my Kindle in class and the kids were confused as to what it was. I told them book and knew that wouldnt go over well,lol. Then I said " ebook" (still confusion), "uuuum, computer book" (she looks at the computer then at my kindle, more confusion. "teacher, in Arabi, Ipad?" I cant help but laugh. "sweetie, Ipad is English ok? But with no other explanation to give I say, " In Arabi, this is a Kindle".
lol, they are so funny.

Im literally getting tackle hugged throughout the day by the one and only Maitha who runs head first into me exclaiming, "I LOVE YOU TEN, I LOVE YOU TEN, I LOVE YOU TEEEEEEEEEEEN!". Im on guard now so that I can protect myself from internal injuries.

Salma exclaims in a sentence "Teacher, me love English", while "reading" a book. I love that she loves English and her smile is contagious.

 One of my low kids in particular seems to really enjoy math. He is one of the first to answer questions when we are doing subtraction. Im so happy for him. Add to that the fact that adding and subtraction couldnt even be taught last year so we are making major progress in my eyes with these little ones.

I had an order for a cake and the people came from Al Ain to get it. That makes me happy inside knowing they like the cake THAT much :-).

I had a hands of class this week in photog. It wasnt easy but a step in the right direction. It was fun and something that could really go somewhere. Definitely challenging.

Got my braces tightened and I can still chew. Not so bad. But hope Im not jinxing it!!

School's almost over. We will have about a month with no kids and then about a 6 week break to which Ill be doing absolutely nothing. I wish I could hire a personal trainer for that time.

And what would the week be without some lo-lights,lol.

One who shall remain nameless was mad because I wouldnt let her color so she called me a kelba. The worst thing you could call someone here. My students told on her, of course. She is too grown for her own good. If her mother could speak English I would call her!

what is a kelba?
a dog. (*_*)

My car's AC needed more than a hose so they will have had it for a week before I get it back. They are replacing the unit. I guess the only downside is that I have to taxi to a ride in the morn. Have a ride home in the afternoon. Plus Ill have a new AC system (which I pray is very cold). So maybe this could go in the top half of this post,haha.

schools almost over and Ill miss my kids. Each and every one of those boogers.


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