I’m not sure if I’ve mentioned this before but there is a new long term teaching volunteer here. I am very happy about this because I have been working so hard here and having someone else here to help me has been awesome. We both work with two teachers: one with numeracy and the other with literacy. So now I work with one teacher for two days and then the other for the other two days. Fridays I have been working with Grade 4 Numeracy which is nice because I have more control over my lessons on Fridays then the rest of the week. When I work with the teachers I have to teach what they tell me to teach and I don’t have that much flexibility.
The new long term teacher’s name is Joel and he’s from England. I found out that he’s allergic to nuts which has been interesting since we eat peanut butter a lot here. Literally everyday when I get back from school I make myself a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. We’ve been lucky though. There only has been one incident so far and that’s because someone left an empty peanut butter jar in the sink.
Joel and I work together on workshops which is nice because we can trade off on the teaching. I will admit that it has been adjustment. I went from working by myself to working with someone else. It has been trying. The first time we planned workshop together it took a lot longer than I expected which I found frustrating. But I think it’s just an adjustment for everyone. He spent the first two weeks doing the normal teaching role and then the next couple weeks adjusting to his new role. It is also good because we can lean on each other when we’re having troubles in the classroom. I’ve worked with all the teachers so I can understand some of the issues that he’s dealing with and he can understand the problems that I have as well. That’s nice because sometimes I feel left out. I spend most of my time outside of the GVI classroom and really no one knows what I deal with on a day to day basis. So overall it’s nice having a new long term teacher.