first day of teaching

March 2, 2009 at 6:18 pm 3 comments

Well the day started off as a disaster! I was on the right bus, but then I had to transfer and well – I was on the wrong side of the road. I figured that out as I saw the bus I needed drive by :O So I missed it – which made me 20 minutes late for arriving at the school. In the morning I had very little briefing time of what i was supposed to teach – so that was interesting. I started with a year 3 class (so about the 7 or 8 yr olds). Because a teacher was sick they had to combine the class with another, so I had 35 students in one class (ahh!). The afternoon went more smoothly with the year 6 class (so the 10 – 11 yr olds). I made a few mistakes – just vocabulary wise (and spelling – my American came out in me and I spelled colour without the “u” and the kids looked at me strange – hee hee). The school consists of mostly Indians (East Indians), and that’s pretty much the make up of the neighbourhood as well. But it’s a very friendly school and the teachers were willing to help whenever needed (especially the teachers aide).
I ended up missing the bus home by about 30 seconds – and the buses don’t tend to like to wait for someone running for the bus aparently (well depending on the driver). So I had to wait 30 minutes for the next one in freezing cold wind. and then I got off the wrong bus stop and had to walk to the connecting bus and wait almost 20 minutes. Needless to say my toes and hands are sufficiently frozen to the bone right now, and my feet are really tired. I can’t wait till I can get a car 🙂
That is all – I will be returning to this school for tuesday and Wed, and possibly every mon – wed for the next few weeks, we’ll see. I dont know my assignment for thurs or friday yet.

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  • 1. Jamie  |  March 2, 2009 at 6:52 pm

    Sorry you had a bad day. You are so brave to be there, and things will get easier i promise. Just keep up having a good attitude.I hope we can come and visit you someday. How long are you going to be there?

  • 2. amyjmiller  |  March 2, 2009 at 8:38 pm

    I am in England till Dec. then if I have saved up enough money I was going to visit some other European countries (the ones I didn’t get to see in the summer) for the next month or 2 (*Again that depends on the money I’ve saved!*)

  • 3. Heather  |  March 3, 2009 at 4:18 pm

    Yes, you are brave! I still can not believe you are there… what a great experience. Chin up, I have always found that when my first day on the job is really bad, those are usually my FAVORITE jobs I have ever had! Good luck Amy!

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