The school year in Romania started on September 12th and on that delightful day I was asked to give a short speech in front of the students, parents, teachers, and other random people who happen to stop to watch the show. My speech was short, it started in Romanian but after a few fail attemp0ts to find the correct words I stumbled back into English (thankfully, my counterpart was there to translate).
Two weeks after school started I finally had my school schedule. I’ll be covering grades 4th -8th in two schools, 16 hours a week, and a total of 15 classes (which is about 270-280 different students). Yes, I know….a lot of students! My first task was to have them make name tents, there is no other way for me to keep track of all the names. I’m still having a hard time remembering all of their names but I’m getting better. I have my own classroom, which is a luxury because not all PC volunteers have their own space, which is a relief because at least I don’t have to drag my stuff from class to class. I started to put a couple of things up on the wall, but I still have a long way to go. I added a couple of rules, useful questions to know and the English alphabet.
When I don’t have class, I watch students play soccer or simply chat with them.
I started an after school English club where students have been working on updating Novaci’s information on wikipedia. The group of students were so enthusiastic about the project, the decided to interview community members about the history of Novaci!
I’ve also been working with my counterpart and two other English teachers on an international European Project “Comenius Project”. The goal of the project is to raise the European awareness on a healthy lifestyle among students,families, and the local communities. Students had to design a logo and mascot for the project…they decided on Mr. Carrot as the mascot and the logo is “A healthy student is a smart student”. The school will be hosting teachers from Spain, Turkey, France, and Latvia next week so they can learn about the ways Romanians have adapted healthy choices to their day to day routine. Our school will have the chance to travel to those countries next year to see how they have implemented the project in their schools. Another opportunity for cultural exchange.
Best conversation I had with a student:
Student: Teacher, do you know kevin?
Me: Who is Kevin?
Student: Kevin, from Home Alone. You are from Chicago!
Me: Laughed so hard!