Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Day 5 - First Day of School and Waffles!

 I'm actually on my sixth day now, sitting in the office just after my second day of school has finished. Anyways, on that first day of school (yesterday), I woke up early (I mean reeally early, like 3:30 in the morning) and worked on stuff until about 7:30, when I left for the Metro. I felt like I had everything completely set for the day. I had my little go-phone completely charged, my laptop and charger safely in my backpack, some grivna (money) in my wallet, my water-bottle filled with filtered non-sparkling water, keys in my pocket, my lesson plans prepared, and a smile on my face. Nothing in the world could have gone wrong yesterday, or so I was thinking that morning. We didn't even get lost or turned around once on our whole way here to school (it's about a 45 minute commute to here from home). When I got here to school, I printed out sheets for my lesson plans, and talked my jitters out with Maddy (my co-teacher), Marie (the head teacher), and Nelya (my coordinator who works in the office here).

Turns out only two of the six students we teach could make it that day (we had three today!) because of sickness and the snow, so we ended up winging most all of the day. We had our head teacher there though, so we did have a little guidance in what we should do. Even with her help, I felt like it was basically chaos for the entire four hours. One second we were playing "Simon Says" and the next, the two kids were braiding our hair.  It wasn't absolutely awful, but I've decided it should only be able to get better from here. Who would have thought teaching two kids would be so hard! I don't know exactly how this post thing works, but if anyone has any ideas of how I could better take control of and teach the class, that would be much appreciated! :) Thanks! 

I hung out with the other teachers after school for a while, but eventually me and Maddy headed out to the Metro again. On the way, we decided to get these amazingly tasty waffles! I don't know what they do to make them, but they are probably just about my favorite thing right now :) 


  1. The waffles look great. I want some now. Anyway, I wish I had some advice for controlling your class but I don't have much experience. I will ask my mom though, she would know.

    Good luck cute Grace.

  2. Hi Gracie,

    Your blog is wonderful. It is going to be great being able to see you and having you tell us about your experiences and what is going on in your life. I know you are going to do great with your class and I know you will get wonderful clues from people like your Mom and Aunt Gaelynn.

    Love You
    Grandma Lila