Thoughts on Buddha and Life // He is quite different from the majority of young Myanmar people that I have met. Our student teacher admits that he wants to follow the teaching of Buddha, but wants to make up his own mind about which God is truest, and that he doesn’t know what happens after death but he feels that worshiping a Buddha image and monks is not what was intended for humanity at the time of the Buddha. He says that sometimes he questions his own existence, which coupled with his admission of a lack of belief in an afterlife brings a philosophical edge to our meeting that I’m not sure I’m qualified to address. // Chloe Smith, NEH Director of Studies and Teacher Trainer // Photo from Bagan, Myanmar (Burma)
Barefoot is the way to go! We ended up doing the same thing, hoping there wasn't anything lurking underneath.
Most brought candles. Since there are usually lots of distractions at home, our teacher trainee suggested that the parents send their children to school at night to study. Continue blog at link in bio.
At first they thought we were a bit strange - playing games and smiling at the students - are you really even teaching? But, after some time, the parents realized that their children are improving and all of them want us to stay for longer.
Setting up for the morning market! The family brought 3 baskets full of goods to sell. Rakhine State, Myanmar (Burma)
I endured discrimination and sometimes public humiliation by my own teachers when I was in government school. Most were fault-finders rather than positive-thinkers.So, when I saw one student in our class that was looked down by others, I decided to give him a duty to erase the board after every class and say to him “Thank you for your help.” Moreover, I praised him for what he did well in the class in front of the other students. Then, three days later, a surprising thing happened: he stopped his friend who was talking while the teacher was giving instructions. That had never happened before. His behavior changed. Rakhine State, Myanmar (Burma) ____________________ Continue CHANGING STUDENT BEHAVIOR WITH POSITIVITY at link in bio. Aung Free, NEH Local Teacher Trainee
After dinner, we sat outside to catch the cool breeze and practice speaking the local language. Soon neighbors joined in and had a real laugh talking with us foreigners. Grandma then comes over and starts showing us off - saying, yeah, they know a lot of words!
We haven't had a day off. We’ve had a few snatched hours here and there, but nothing substantial to recharge and come back refreshed and with new resolve to tackle the challenges of this new way of teaching. // To have a complete break is restful and rejuvenating. Of course, as any teacher knows, a complete break is hard because the cogs of planning are always gently turning. It is quite a skill in and of itself to be able to relax enough to switch off and allow yourself the time to reflect on what you’ve accomplished so far; and then to have the peace of mind to come back anew with a fresh perspective gained from doing some wholesome activity which does not revolve around teaching, planning or students. ________________ Continue DO TEACHERS EVER REALLY TAKE VACATIONS? at link in bio. #myanmar #yangon #loves_people #igs_asia #igersmyanmar #travelmyanmar #loves_united_asia #travelphotography #instatravel #igtravel #travelblog #instapassport #igglobalpeople #great_captures_people #photo_storee_people #people_infinity #streetlife_travel #streetphotography #monk #natgeotravel #efe_snapshots_travel #spencer_travel_feature #teachersofinstagram #streetselect #documentaryphotography #teachersfollowteachers #photojournalism #republicofhumanity #yangonlife #yangonoftheday
Growth - through the ups and downs, our teacher trainees are realizing how hard teaching really is. They thought it was a piece of cake, but now see the difference. Always learning. Rakhine State, Myanmar (Burma)