second day of teaching

March 3, 2009 at 7:48 pm 4 comments

I wasn’t going to write anything for a little – but today went OK – now that i have an idea on where the buses are (and what side of the street to be on *smiles*) I’m dong OK (although I need a car to spend less on bus fair – it’ll do for now. I’m currently looking for cars – they’re not hard to find, but I need someone who knows cars to come with me so I don’t get ripped off (like getting a bad engine)
So I’m a little more used to the school system (sort of). I taught year 3 in the morning and year 4 in the afternoon. The children here are just like the kids back home – when there’s a substitute teacher you try to get away with everything (including being the chattiest bunch). It gets a bit frustrating, and I don’t get as far in the lesson as some teachers would hope (but I know how that goes). I’m found a strategy that sort of works – that is keeping a list of those that behave they get to be dismissed early, and also keeping the kids in for “play time” (recess) for a few minutes. I’m at the same school – and they’re mostly Asians (pakistan, india, etc) – so they treat teachers differently. I think it’s some sort of religious school b/c they have assembly every morning and they say a prayer (and then a similar one in Punjabi, I think it was). That is all interesting. I can’t wait to see what other schools do!

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first day of teaching First week finished

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  • 1. kathy miller  |  March 3, 2009 at 10:25 pm

    Amy
    Glad to hear this day went a bit better that yesterday. Don’t be discouraged–give yourself time to figure everything out. It’s interesting that you teach so many different grades–that must be challenging! Keep posting–it’s fun to read.

  • 2. amyjmiller  |  March 3, 2009 at 10:35 pm

    its a bit challenging – so far I have found out that the year 6’s are the quietest. and year 3 & 4’s are trying to compete with each other for who can be more chatty and get away with more things. today there were a few kids who liked to keep punching people – that was hard to deal with. after school i had to fill in behavioral logs (which made me 30 seconds late for the bus – grr). And it doesn’t help that the classroom sizes are much bigger than the ones in edmonton – the adverage (in this school, and as I’ve been told most schools) is 32. But I’ve had classes up to 35 – that’s a hard number to keep control of, but I’m sure I’ll get used to it, and it’ll go much easier soon enough 🙂

  • 3. amyjmiller  |  March 3, 2009 at 10:38 pm

    When I told the class (year 4s) that I was from Canada one of the students almost shouted that he was from Canada as well. I asked him where in Canada, and he’s like “Canada’ – so I’m like “I know, but where”: turns out he’s from BC. isn’t that interesting? What’s challenging sometimes are their accents – they have the native tongue english accent (if you get what I mean), but then add the British accent on top of that – now that’s an interesting combo 🙂

  • 4. MinchinWeb  |  March 9, 2009 at 2:42 am

    There was a time they did the Lord’s Prayer here every morning…

    Good luck with the continuing adventure!

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