I have had the first week of teaching kids at the Humanitarian Lyceum or school Twenty-Three. The first day I was very nervous because I found out that I would be teaching upper-class student. The highest grade or “form” in Russia is the eleventh and I had an eleventh and two tenth form classes. This is obviously out of my ages range and I didn't want to teach high school because I don't yet feel like I am that much older than those students and I am afraid they won't take me seriously
My CT is great. She is very kind and encouraging. She is also excited for me to be there, because she feels there are things that I can help her to perfect as well. Many of the English teachers feel this way there are two others who have also asked Hannah and I to grade papers and check over exams. Sometimes they have us double check work they have already corrected. I feel kind of like a celebrity. The only problem I have is that they want us to teach right out of the book. When I try to do something a little bit different I seems that the ideas get lost in translation or that they are just to timid to make good use of the time. The classes are only forty minutes long, and I thought that fifty-three minutes was a short time. Forty minutes, before this experience, seemed like such a short period but you can definitely make it work. The only problem I have with the schools here are that they want us to teach directly out of the book. It is so boring and if I am bored I can only imagine what the students feel. I wish I could speak more Russian so that I could translate instructions into Russian but conduct activities in English. It would make this much more smooth.
I have been thinking and everyday that I am in the classroom I feel like it would be such a great experience to teach in a foreign country. I have already been thinking about going to teach for DODDES (the Department of Defense Dependents Education System) anyway. If I were to do this I might just be able to also get my Masters degree in the process. There are scholarships available for teaching abroad and then going to grad-school I would definitely want to come back to Pskov. I think that I will be able to teach American Students and foreign students. Then to top it all off I would be advancing my degree. As time goes on, I feel more and more that I do want to teach around the world.