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How Things are Going!

                I can’t believe I have been working at The Royal Wolverhampton School (RWS) for three weeks already! Sorry I haven’t updated this, it is just a pain because they internet is pretty slow and I seem to be busy all the time! I tried posting a week ago with a picture and that seemed to crazy my whole blog, so unfortunately, I don’t know if I’ll be able to post too many pictures! But anyways, onto the actual update!

                RWS is a great school. It is a private school that starts at nursery and goes all the way up to Year 13 (senior in high school). I am student teaching in a Year 3 class which is the equivalent to second grade. Our class only has 15 students and there is a main teach, myself, and a classroom aid! The fact that we have 1 teach for every 5 students is amazing! The assistant pulls students out every day to listen to them read and work on comprehension and when I’m not teaching, I assistant students at their desks or even pull them out to work on individual skills.  

                One aspect of the school that I love is that there are so many after school activities for the students to participate in. I have never seen an elementary school that offered multiple activities until 5pm. The activities are run by the teachers, so I am involved in Football (soccer), Choir, Orchestra, and Table Tennis. Another amazing part of the elementary school is the classes that the students take! By Year 3, the students have already had French for two years I believe, and they are starting Mandarin. They also have gym for 2 hours once a week, and swimming for 1.5 hours!

                For my next update, I’ll try to get somewhere with better internet so I can post a picture or two! I will also try to update sooner this time around!

 

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I Made It!

It has been a crazy few days! I left in Sunday and arrived on Monday, and today I fly to Germany! My flights all went as planned and I was even able to get a couple hours of sleep on my way to Amsterdam! Once I landed in Birmingham, I had to hop on a train and ten take a taxi to the school. The train system is actually pretty easy and in sure I will be confident enough not to ask for help in no time! I like double checking with other passengers that I’m waiting for the right train.
Right now I’m at the airport waiting for my plane to Germany. I haven’t really had a chance I take pictures since I have always been lugging around my suitcases but I did snap a quick photo of my room key! I thought it was pretty neat! Haha!

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It’s Almost Time to Leave

I can’t believe that I am leaving in 3 days…I am excited and nervous about my upcoming trip! This is going to be such a great experience for me and I can’t wait to share it with you all through my blog. The day after I land in England, I will be flying to Germany to visit my Oma and Opa! The last time I saw them was high school graduation so having a chance to see them again is great. I have all my paperwork and my bags are packed so at this point Im just waiting for Sunday to get here!

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The Struggles of Packing for Three Months Abroad

I cannot believe how soon it is until I leave for Europe! Lately, I have been working on packing my suitcases and it has been a struggle!  I am running into a number of problems including…

  1. I can only bring a checked bag and a carry on since I have to lug around all the bags by myself
  2. Since I am student teaching, I have to pack a lot of dress clothes which limits the amount of “street clothes” i have room for
  3. SHOES, SHOES, and more SHOES! I need too many shoes to go with my dress clothes.
  4. Because it is going to be cold, I have to pack a warm coat and that alone takes up too much space!
  5. Electronics….my carry on has so many electronics in it that are awkwardly shaped and take up too much space. I am bringing my “fancy” camera and that alone takes up a good third of my carry on!
  6. 50 lbs weight limit for my checked bag

I have already packed and then unpacked and taken out clothes, but I keep thinking about things I need to add! I am using the vacuum bags for my clothes, it is just the darn shoes taking up so much space! I think in the end, I will just end up paying for an extra bag on the flight home….which will cost $100! I can’t believe how expensive it is!

If anyone has an packing tips, I would love to hear them! Post your tips in the comments! 

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