Merriam – Webster Definition
camp: a place usually in the country for recreation or instruction often during the summer. a program offering recreational or educational facilities for a limited period of time.
camp: a beautiful childhood haven where children participate in wonderful things such as sailing, canoeing, swimming, eating, and any number of other fun activities. Perhaps the ratio is %20 educational (one must learn to sail) and %80 recreational.
camp: when students come to school for two and a half weeks out of their summer vacation for an intensive English studying program. It is called “camp” to disguise the fact that the poor kids are really just enrolled in a program where they sit and study for several hours of the day. Maybe the adults think that calling it “camp” will automatically make it more fun? The ratio is about %1 recreational and %99 educational.
Camp is two and a half weeks long, with each day lasting from 9am to 5pm. To say that teaching that long is exhausting is an understatement, I lost my voice in the first week and it’s still not back to normal. It doesn’t help that I am basically a performing monkey when I teach, I like to engage the students and end up making an idiot of myself most of the time.
A conversation with one of my camp co-workers.
him: “You are a really funny person to watch teaching, especially when watching through the classroom windows, but without being able to hear what you are saying.”
me: “yes, I know. My teaching style is to make a fool of myself.
For the first week I found myself teaching the 3rd and 4th graders, exhausting, but their English is good enough that they know what I am saying at least some of the time.
|Hayley and I with our co-teacher Ms. Kim (Hayley’s half of the heart was a fail, oh well).|
For the second week I became the teacher for the 1st and 2nd graders. The little ones are completely adorable, but completely and utterly exhausting. My first day teaching them I was informed by one student that he had changed his name, from Avenger to…………… wait for it…………… Phantom. I knew from that moment that the week was at least going to be interesting.
|My C1 Afternoon class, almost pulled my hair out several times because of these little guys. Phantom is the fourth kid back in the left line.|
For each group of kids (morning and afternoon) each teacher was required to teach a song. I knew that trying to get a group of little ones to sit still for 25 minutes to learn a song was just not going to happen, and would be torture for me.
My solution……………… the Cha Cha Slide.
As my kids got better and better, I thought it was appropriate to have a group name, the kids might be a famous dance group someday after all. both classes came up with their own names.
Morning class: We are Super Junior!
|These kids were epic on performance day.|
Afternoon class: Phantom wanted to name our group “Phoenix” and another kid wanted “Darkness”. I was about to employ the solver of all classroom problems (aka rock, paper, scissors) when one of my other students raised his hand excitedly.
Jacob: “Teacher!!!! Teacher!!!!……… Dark Phoenix!!!”
We are Dark Phoenix!!
|Observation: getting a group of 14 little ones to take a picture where everyone is looking at the camera and not moving is impossible.|