Published: May 11th 2010May 11th 2010
Alley by My House
The side door I leave by
It is easy to show all things bright and beautiful here in Chile. I am fortunate to travel every weekend almost and see all the awesome sights. But things are not all easy here. Things are not all beautiful either. I work in a very good public school, C.E.S.A., and work with some awesome people but the school system here is in need of serious change. I will start posting my regular days so that you can all see what I do. I walk to school every morning at 7:45. I would like to arrive earlier at school to prepare for my 8 am class but there is no one at school to unlock the classrooms before 7:55 so I arrive with everyone else. I pass pretty much the same dogs everyday. Some days more, some days less. These are not Santiago dogs. Many are not well and are malnurished which is very difficult for me to have to see everyday. I am hoping to find a way to help this problem and invite any suggestions you migh have. I have taken to giving the dogs names and I will try to take pictures of all of them.
is K- 4 medio (12th grade). It is a big school and I have to give kisses to at least three or four students before I can make it to the teachers lounge each day. The younger sudents call all the professors tia or tio (aunt or uncle) so I am Tia de Ingles. So cute! I have been teaching the older students slang everyday with their lesson so they enjoy yelling at me accross the courtyard "What's up, Miss Leigh Ann!!"
My first class is scheduled for 8 am - 9:30 am but it never starts before 8:20 at the earliest. From 9:30 - 9:50 there is a break in which all teachers eat and drink tea and the students run amuck around the school and eat candy and sweets. The second class is supposed to begin at 9:50 and go until 10:20 and my final class most days is 10:40 - 1pm with the same 20 minute break before. I do have a class Thursday after lunch but have yet to really teach anything as the band has been practicing during that time and so instead of trying to teach a foriegn language over the drums, we
end up watching the band. Besides Thursday I am home for lunch by 1:30 each day.
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