Day One: SUCCESS!

So today’s the day folks! I finally started my job, the one we’ve all been anticipating. And my overall summary is: THIS IS THE BEST JOB EVER!

I know it’s only been the first day, but I feel a real connection to the kids already and the teachers had nothing but praise for me. I left school today glowing (maybe another word here would have been a better choice, but oh well…) with excitement about how much fun I had and how much I like the children.And now I know that I was right all along: high school is the age level I need to be teaching. I could finally connect with my students on a more personal level and I know it’s going to be great teaching them all year.

I now finally have my schedule worked out and everything. This is good news because it’s been a stressful mess of uncommunication and unknowing and waiting.

So I caught the metro this morning at 7.30am (it was still dark out. I felt as if I should be walking home from a bar, not going to work.) We arrived at school and were handed our schedules, which are much different than I thought. I thought I would be teaching just history and geography, but as it turns out, I’m also teaching the other teachers English a few hours a week, some English conversation classes (which seem really fun actually), and my favorite, P.E.! HA! Sports! Lift weights!

My first class was a conversation class with my main group of kids. They are the specially selected children to partake in this bilingual program, so they get me pretty much all day-everyday. They are all about 11 or 12 years old and they are so great, honest. They’re polite, but they speak up in class, they’re funny, and above all, they honestly speak incredible English! I was floored at their comprehension and ability to speak. After the first class, I walked with them to the next since I would be teaching them again. They bombarded me with all these questions and they all only spoke to me in English. I was very impressed with all of them.

The next class was Geography, which was also went really well. Then I was thrown into a different class with the “scary” kids. The 16 and 17-year olds. But as it turned out, they’ aren’t that scary, they’re just really talkative and don’t like to pay much attention (I’ll work on that later.)  But one of the girls in that class said she was into metal, and played guitar, and was in a band and all that. So we chatted after class about music and I think she’s going to be my favorite (I probably shouldn’t be picking favorites this early in! Oops!) Especially when I asked the class what they knew or thought of the United States after I had introduced myself, I was expecting the normal responses: You have great movies, you eat garbage food, you’re all fat, and NYC and California are the only places you really know about. Okay. But this girl, when asked what she thought about the United States, says right off the bat in front of the whole class, “Capitalism.” I’m like…. PUNNXXXXX!!!

I didn’t know what to say but I couldn’t help but agree that that is a fair estimate. I think this girl will challenge me this year but I know we’ll be getting along well. She later went into a rant about how Americans love going off to war and all that stuff. The rest of the class all seemed a bit disconnected since all the boys were most likely thinking about soccer and the girls Justin Bieber or something, but I’m really excited to get to know her. She reminds me of a younger version of myself: Political, offensive, and punx! (This is where my mother denies she knows me and my friends roll their eyes.) One of the girls even spent her summer living in Centennial, Colorado learning English from a host family! Crazy cool!

Then I went to P.E. and got to play fútbol with some hilarious kids.

On the whole, getting up at the crack of dawn really is going to put a damper on my partying sleep during the week, but so far I love my job and can’t wait to go back tomorrow!

Write more later,

Graham

PS My blog got awarded today! Check it out here! :D

7 thoughts on “Day One: SUCCESS!

  1. i’m thinking the girl said “Capitalism” might have the talent, loool. first about the word, second about the meaning of the word. interesting.

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  2. One of my older students told me he was very much in opposition to the American health care system. Which, okay, valid. But then all the other students told me they would never want to live in America and I was like, “Hmmm, have you ever even been outside of Spain?” Nope. :)

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