First Day of Work- IES Vega del Prado, Valladolid

Aside from being the one week anniversary of my arrival in Valladolid (lol), today also happened to be my first official day of work. Last week I attended the auxiliary orientation and visited my school (IES Vega del Prado), so I’d already met the teachers and toured the facility, but today I finally met my students!!

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On my commute to work

I will be teaching around middle school age (12-14 years old I believe? is that middle school age? I’m too old to remember I guess) who are enrolled in the bilingual program in the school (meaning they take certain core classes in English). The kids I met today were super energetic and actually had a pretty good grasp of the English language. I was pleasantly surprised. Apparently though, even for the more advanced students/teachers, I speak too fast and need to slow down my diction in order to be understood. Whoops!

I only met with two classes today, so the day was pretty chill. The classes consisted of short Q&A sessions at the beginning of the class, where the floor was open for the students to ask me anything (in english of course). I got the standard ‘about me’ questions; “Where are you from?,” “What are the typical foods in Washington,” “What are your hobbies,” but also some slightly inappropriate questions, like “Do you have a boyfriend?” haha…..After the Q&A sessions were over, I sat at the back of the classroom and observed for the remainder of the class.

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IES Vega del Prado from the front exterior

My schedule for the week is pretty sweet. I have Fridays off and work no earlier than 10:30 on any given day. On T/Th I’m off at 3:15 I believe, and M/W I’m done at 2:15. Hoping this gives me a lot of time to teach private classes on the side, and of course to travel šŸ™‚

I’m still excited and nervous, all at the same time. I’ve never been a teacher, and didn’t receive a degree in anything related to teaching, so I still don’t quite know what to expect. However, the ability to teach others is such an essential skill regardless of industry, career, age, etc., so I think it’ll be a great learning experience in the long run!

– Sinceramente, Gigi

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