My LL class was very small, made up of all Middle Eastern men: six Saudis and one Iraqi:
|Front L to R: Mohammed, Aziz, Khalid, Fayez, & Ameen|
Back L to R: Faisal & Hamzah
Since the semester is all but finished, I decided to invite them over to our place for an end-of-term party. Victoria and I made homemade pizza, the other LL teacher (my colleague Akiko) brought fried rice, and Mohammed (who goes by "Jack" to distinguish himself from the half-dozen other Mohammeds in our program) and his wife (not pictured) brought Mandi Chicken, a Middle Eastern rice dish. Everything was delicious!
|Sitting on the floor to eat is the norm in the Middle East, so|
our lack of a large dining table wasn't a problem!
|Ameen, my Iraqi student, playing with Finley.|
|As you can see, we are a very serious group!|
My students remembered that Finley's birthday was coming up soon and were thoughtful and generous enough to bring a present for him!
|Finley loves pushing his new cart!|
|Anything with wheels = Awesome.|
I don't know a single teacher or student who doesn't look forward to the end of the semester, and I am no exception. But, as a teacher, when you're lucky enough to get a really great bunch of students, it is definitely hard to see them go, knowing full well that the law of averages says you're likely to get a class full of screw-offs next semester to keep the cosmic order in balance! ;)