So the last week has been interesting. I started work – and things are very different here than they are in Canada. Everyone is really nice (which is not different from Canada =P) and it’s been interesting trying to figure everything out, but no one seems to really know what’s going on…As in “plan the curriculum and how you’re going to teach everything for the year…but no, we’re not going to tell you what classes you’re teaching.”
Umm…let’s see…work started Wednesday, that was alright, just meeting people and stuff, and Thursday we started unpacking boxes and planning some math stuff, and we did the same on Friday. I have my own laptop, and each classroom has a projector and speakers, which is nice. I also have my own desk, which is weird, because I’m used to sharing with my lovely co-student teachers (which I guess I no longer am).
My department head has been here since the school started, and is also Canadian. He has been a huge help! And he had the whole department (which consists of 4 people) over for dinner on Friday. He has the cutest kid, and his house has pear, apple and plum trees! and he grows all kinds of berries – which apparently, in Sweden you can just pick if you see growing. In fact, you can stay anywhere in Sweden, just pop up a tent for 3 days before you have to move on, provided you’re not too close to someone else’s house. Which means if you’re a farmer, people could just stay in your fields for a few days before moving on…
Umm..SCHOOL! here I think is going to be really interesting for the first few days. We’ve had to line up, alphabetically, and no leaning against the lockers! before we’re allowed into a classroom, and the assistant principal greets each of us, by name, and shakes our hands. Once in the classroom, we all wait standing until he comes in and gives us permission to sit. …I can already see myself waiting in my classroom wondering why my class hasn’t arrived yet >.< Continue reading