Wednesday, April 22, 2015

A Day In The Life of An ADEC Teacher

    I often get asked what it is like to work for ADEC. Obviously, everyone's experience is completely different. I can only speak of what I am living, here is an example of what my day looks like.  Just to remind you that I teach grade 7 Science in a Cyle 2-3 school.  Cycle 2 is grade 6-9 and Cycle 3 is grade 10-12.

5:30 am-- alarm #1 goes off, I usually hit snooze.

5:45-- alarm #2 goes off, check Facebook, Instagram, email, whatsapp. 

6:00 am-- alarm #3 goes off (don't judge) I finally get out of bed. 

6:30 am--I leave my home. My school is an hour away, about 100 km. be prepared for this, not every school will be close by. Because my school is far I get a stipend. I get picked up in a mini van everyday, we are 6 in our van. The first pick up is at 6:15, I am at 6:30 and the next one is 6:40. We then head to school. 

7:40 am--get to school. Fingerprint in. 

7:45 am-- morning assembly.  Usually at morning assembly the students sing the national anthem, pray and then there are various announcements, this is all done in Arabic.

8 am--Period 1 begins

Periods are 45 minutes long and depending on the day I teach 3 or 4 periods.

There are 5 periods before the students have break which is essentially lunch, this is only 25 minutes.  In the afternoon there are another 2 classes.

Three out of five days we can leave at 2 pm.  On the other days we have to stay until 3 pm.

 

7 comments:

  1. How does the morning and afternoon transportation for the students work there?

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  2. Good question. Most of out students are picked up by drivers, individuals that live near each other travel together. All other students take a schools bus.

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  3. You and your blog are truly inspirational. Hope to meet you in the sandbox for the 15-16 school year! The nerves have definitely kicked in now that I've started packing up my life. ~Maggie

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  4. Just curious: What do you do during the announcements/while students are singing/praying? I'm assuming, (maybe I shouldn't), that you cannot speak/understand Arabic?!?

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    1. I usually just stand there quietly, if there are announcements I will ask my students what is being said, they can usually tell me the gist of what is being said.

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  5. Just curious: What do you do during the announcements/while students are singing/praying? I'm assuming, (maybe I shouldn't), that you cannot speak/understand Arabic?!?

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