Well I'm finishing up my first week of school, and just wanted to brief you all on what I've been doing...
Overall the school is great! It's a neat atomsphere, and there will be some great opportunities. I will be mainly teaching first grades subjects... English, art, math, science, social studies, and yes PE (haha, I know). We are given curriculum standards to meet based on the Czech ministry of education.
For english, they are really focusing on letters of the alphabet and conversational english stuff. With social studies, science, and math I am supplementing whatever Bara (Czech co-teacher) is working on in class with them. PE is cool and different from the US in that we can go on bike rides, take walks around the neighborhood, and we will be going to an actual gym at another school every other week. I am also required to wear my gym clothes as well :) I heard ice skating is part of the Czech standards, so that will be interesting considering my (lack of) skating skills.
We have this part of the school curriculum called "school in nature" which requires us to take two trips with the students. The first will be this winter in which the first grades will take a bus and stay in the Czech mountains for a whole week. No parents, just us and the kids! Pretty nerve racking, but also sounds like a lot of fun. The students (and maybe myself) will take skiing lessons. There will also be a summer trip, but that is tbd.
Another cool thing about the school is the children and staff wear house slippers around the school in order to make it a little cleaner. This is great and comfy! My kids are great! They are clever, energetic, and cute. Some are more energetic than others. Same goes for speaking English. Some speak English fluently and some are definitely at the beginning stages of learning to speak English. This is okay because kids learn language so fast at this age. If only I could learn Czech so fast!!
As far as out of school goes... Things are have been great! I've really been hanging out with my co-teachers! They come from Orgeon, California, Maryland, Indiana, and Ohio. It's been a lot of fun, especially those much needed happy hours after school at Banditos! This weekend one of the teachers is having a dinner party, and another is singing at a bar. Always something going on, which is great!
A group of us saw Inglorious b******s last weekend. It was a good movie overall, however, (I was warned) A LOT of the movie was in french and german. This would not normally be a problem in America, however, they only had the Czech subtitles. So for good portions at a time I had no idea what was going on in the movie. haha Oh well, still an experience. I also noticed the movie theatres here have assigned seats... interesting concept. You can pick your seats of course, and handy for movies that sell out and you're stuck making people scoot down the aisle.
The next few weeks should be busy with school picking up, and I'm also trying to plan weekend trips before the bad weather settles into Prague. I'm going on a club on a boat, paddle boating, and meeting a fellow Miami alum this weekend. Should be a fun time, and more to write soon. Enjoy! Miss you all!!