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!!
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.
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 🙂
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