Invasion of the body snatchers

26 Aug

I had the strangest lesson ever today at Moo 10 child care. Normally at child care, our biggest problem is keeping the kids calm enough to teach them. These kids are usually running all over the place, jumping around and yelling at the top of their lungs. Today was so different. So very different.

When we got there the teacher was trying to get them to dance while they just stood there with blank faces. There was no response when we came in. None of the usual mix of excitement and terror at seeing the farang. Not one kid smiled or cried. We began the class by singing. Again, no response. We then started to dance. Alone. Our lesson pretty much went out the window at that point. Our only mission was to get the kids at least somewhat interested in SOMETHING. We tried coloring to no avail. Some of them wouldn’t even hold the crayons. Likewise, duck duck goose and musical chairs were both busts. Finally, we tried a story book with a little bit of success. At least they were looking at us.

About halfway through the class a bunch of health care workers came in to check the kids’ teeth. After that we totally lost them. The teacher put on a cartoon movie and we tried to keep them from being too scared of the dentists.

This was probably the weirdest teaching experience I’ve had my entire time in Thailand. It wasn’t that the kids were bad, they were just totally uninterested. I would have felt better if they had been falling asleep or something, but they just sat there wide awake, staring at us like they were in a trance. It was more than a little bit creepy. I guess I can just chalk it up to another unique experience here at Mirror.

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