First Week of School

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The first week of school, something that very few people are actually excited for. I, naturally, am one of those people that is always excited for school. I’ve always liked school and now, going to school as a teacher is something I never expected to do but am still enjoying nonetheless. What I dread is the lesson planning part. The part that sucks hours of my life away but is still very¬†necessary.

This year’s school opening was the same as last years and all the other years before that. We assembled in the gym since it was raining. The priest blessed the school and the students, the director presented the new teachers and the head teachers, wished everyone a very successful school year and then we were off, to start another year of “teacher, can you let us go home early?” or “teacher, can I give you my homework tomorrow? I forgot it today.” Among the usual, there was some new as well. Two days before school started, we were notified that there was a change in our directors. Since the director and assistant director position are politically based and my director was no longer part of a political party that has an allegiance with the ruling party in town, he, and the assistant director have been replaced. We also have about 5 or 6 new teachers in the mix that I haven’t really gotten a chance to know. One of my counterpart teachers is out on medical leave and I have been covering, or trying to cover, her classes while also trying to make it to my other classes with the two other teachers that I split them with.

This year i’m in for a lot of work. I’ll be taking on a total of 9 classes ranging from 9th – 12th grade which speakers of all levels. I have 4 classes that I taught last year that I am happy to be back with and 5 new classes that I took on. This year I will be teaching 9A, 9B, 10A, 10B, 11A, 11B, 11D, 12A, 12B. The 11D class is, as a whole probably the lowest level speaking class I will be teaching and I am the most excited to work with them. I have a lot of lesson planned relating to real life situations and hope to make some headway with them. I’ve been doing get to know you exercises and a communication exercise that has gotten pretty good reviews. The unity of some classes to finish the exercise has surprised me and the fact that some classes, that I assumed would be able to finish, did not. Without any surprise, so far 12A holds the lead with finishing in 15 minutes.

For the time being, because we all know that this is probably going to change 100 more times, this is what this year’s schedule is looking like for me:

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

8:00-8:50

XII A

IX B

XII B

XI B

9:00-9:50

IX B

IX A

X B

XII A

X B

10:00-10:50

XII B

XI A

IX B

11:10-12:00

XI B

X B

X A

XI D

12:10-1:00

XI D

XII B

IX A

XI B

1:10-2:00

X A

XI A

One of my new classes 11D

 

11A

 

11B

 

9A – New Class

 

12A

 

12 B

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2 responses »

  1. That workload sounds pretty heavy. Are you sure they aren’t taking advantage? It was my impression TEFLs were more like Teachers Aides. I’m sending you my good wishes.

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