I’ve had a surprisingly great teaching week this week.
I teach (on average) 3 days a week. Sometimes it’s more, sometimes it’s less. On weeks around holidays, I always expect to work a little less as it’s a bit taboo for teachers to take days off just before or after an extended holiday.
So when I was called and offered a 3 day gig at a nearby high school, I jumped at it. I’ve been teaching Grade 12 university stream English since Wednesday, and it’s been such a cool experience. This is only my second multiple day teaching assignment, and I love love love getting them. It’s kinda fun getting to go into the same school every day and catch a glimpse of what it will someday be like to have a full-time job.
This is technically only my third call to this school, and each time I go back I fall in love with it a little more. It’s massive. With two “campuses”, eight levels and an indoor swimming pool, I think it’s the largest school I’ve ever been in. But, despite its size, the general student population is awesome. I love the kids… and the school has a very positive atmosphere to it.
This may sound ridiculous, but I can always get a “vibe” from a school as soon as I walk through the doors. I can usually tell how my day is going to go before I even reach the main office. I can’t put my finger on what causes it, but it never fails me.
And the school I’m at this week has great vibes. I’d take a job there in a heartbeat.
One of the things I love most about this school is the music. Every high school plays music in the morning before classes to help move students into their first period. The music is different depending on where you go–some schools play classical, some play oldies, some play bizarre clips, and this school plays dance music. Whenever I’m there the music is upbeat, fun and absolutely infectious. I had students come into class dancing this morning. How fun is that??? What a fab way to start the day.
It was actually this school that introduced me to my latest music obsession: We No Speak Americano by Yolanda B Cool and D Cup. I am obsessed with this song. I cannot stop listening to it. It makes me want to get up and dance and I LOVE it.
Time to dance. :)