Happy new year! We have now entered a new year: 2016 The Year of the Monkey. The monkey is the 9th animal of the Chinese Zodiak. Like the Greek zodiac, there are 12 animals in the Chinese zodiac. Unlike the Greek zodiac which follows a 12 month cycle, the Chinese zodiac follows a 12 year cycle. The monkey has a certain character and people believe that people born in the year of the monkey have these particular traits. The monkey is considered aggressive and wild, confident and energetic. As such, people born in the year of the monkey tend to become very successful. The monkey sign is further connected to the 5 elements: earth, wind, fire, water and metal. 2016 is the Year of the Fire Monkey, the most aggressive of the 5 symbols. The fire monkey is also considered to be flamboyant and charming.
Taking this into consideration, I intend to be an energetic teacher this year. I hope to inspire and push my students and thus see great improvements in their confidence. I will do my best to be charming and if I act flamboyantly in class, we should all have a good time. I look forward to buying some cute monkey goods this year and bringing them to class for decoration and good luck. The monkey will be our guide throughout the year!