On to the update - we've been busy, as usual, with anything and everything school-related! Those of you who are teachers or students know what we mean; since it's after Labor Day, most of you are back in school! We recently finished our thirteenth week of school, which means we only have about five more weeks in the semester! School things continue to go well, both for Michael and for me. We enjoy exchanging stories when we come home at night, and the stories usually involve the best and worst parts of each school day. Many of Michael's students are working on various types of history projects, ranging from building model pyramids to making videos about World War One. My 12th grade students have been eagerly asking me two questions recently: "Are you finished grading our research papers yet?" and "Did anyone plagiarize their research paper this year?" --> both of those are really great questions! My answer to both questions is yes. I'm happy to be (FINALLY) finished grading them, but I wasn't happy about the one plagiarized paper. However, they did a whole lot better than last year, which means they learned something from me this year!
Our annual school talent show was this weekend. The student government decided on a disco theme for the talent show, and in order to promote it as well as to raise money for an organization called HelpLive, a bunch of the teachers decided to dye their hair for school on Friday. Students could buy tickets for 10 baht and put their names into the teachers' boxes (like a raffle), then names were drawn to decide who would decide what color each teacher's hair would be.
Finished product - don't we look so good? :)
In other news, I took a Thai cooking class with a fellow teacher, Kristi, last weekend. We went downtown (Bangkok) and took a class through a cooking school. We learned some of the staples and traditional Thai dishes, including Tom Yum (a sour/spicy soup), Pad Thai (a noodle dish), Green Curry, Laab (a spicy chicken salad), and some dessert that I don't know the name of. We went to the market and learned about the various vegetables and spices that we'd need, and we even learned how to make sticky rice! It was tons of fun...and now, I guess, Michael and Ryan (Kristi's husband) are expecting us to cook for them! Here's some pictures from our cooking adventure:
There's been quite a few activities in the last few weeks, and we also have some things to look forward to in the next few weeks. We have a staff retreat, including both the foreign and the Thai staff, in two weeks, and three weeks after that is our two-week October break! I'm working with the other women teachers who teach high school to plan a banquet for the high school girls, which will hopefully happen at the beginning of October. We don't have a prom or junior/senior banquet or anything at our school, but the music teacher and I thought it might be fun to have a formal dinner with just the girls - it's only in the planning stages right now, but if and when it happens, you'll hear more about it. :)
As a final note, we'd just like to let everyone know that after over two years of being in Thailand, we actually went out and bought our own dishes yesterday. Seems silly, yes, but I was super excited! We've been using various assorted plates and cheap flimsy utensils up until this point. They worked...but it's nice to have the REAL stuff now, and yes, that does include chopsticks!