Monday, February 8, 2010

Ayyyy!

Ouch! Two reasons for not blogging all this time:

a. Lot's of work at school 4th, 5th and 6th graders will be participating in an Itercollegiate Academic Tournament with the other schools that belong to the same system in the Mexican Republic. There are about 86 schools in Mexico.
I have been chosen to help the 6 students that will participate in Oratory. They have to talk for 3 to 4 minutes in English about the following topics: honesty, humility, and collaboration. Only two of the students are fluent enough to write their speech in english. I had the rest write it in spanish, and I translated them (four speeches!). Then I recorded the speeches in my voice so they can hear the pronunciation (they all speak understandable and fluent English, but their accent is not so good). And now we are practicing pitch, modulation, and body posture. We've been staying at school every day for an extra hour to practice. This is our third week! One more week and they're off to Mexico City!
It is HARD work, but I'm enjoying it very much. These kids are very dedicated. I really hope they don't get nervous over there. I really don't care if they win of not, I just want them to do their best and enjoy themselves ( I mean, multiply the 86 schools by two students per grade, and there will be about a zillion competitors).

b. The secon reason is that I can't find the cable for downloading photos from my camera to the computer!!! Arggg!
So today I posted three photos from last's year trip to Morelia. This is the acueduct at that city.

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And to some of the winners of the giveaway, some packages were returned. Supposedly, the postage was incorrect. Why it took so long? Go figure.....these things happen over here. I opened the packages, and nothing was missing, so I put a extra gift to compensate you having to wait so long, and they're on their way again, whew! Hopefully you will get your package in 2 weeks (or so the girl at the counter assures me). Thank you for your patience.

Well, I've got to keep on looking for those cables. Hope I'll find them soon.
Wish you all a great week......

4 comments:

Barkley's Mommy said...

Oh, my gosh! You have such an amazing opportunity to guide these children to heights they (and their families) never imagined! I know it is a lot of work, but there are few things more rewarding than watching your students meet their full potential. They'll do a great job in Mexico City :-)

Long distance hugs~
~~~Anne

maccandace said...

I wondered what happened to you! Glad you're back. Hope you find your cable. I'm sure you can order another one if you don't find it but it's gotta be around somewhere, right? That's so exasperating.

Angie said...

I miss all of you! Haven't had time to open other blogs.
Thanks for your comments. Hopefully I'll be back to normal next week. Take care....

halaszdani said...

hi Angelique!!!!
Its so good to read your lines. I am am sorry for your cable. I guess few of your readers know better than I do how lost it can be... I loved your house it was such a fun to see it for the first time after so much refusal...
we love you a lot. God bless you all!
keep up your spirit! I am sure those kids will do great!
I am also happy it turned out toiday that four of my sudents made it to the third round of a national contest. Although i wroked far less than you did for preparing them.
muchos besos.