Yes, I am working in France.
I am working at a middle school and a high school which are both very close to each other and close to where I live- all walking distance! I work 3 hours a week at the middle school and 9 hours a week at the high school. I was set up with a very convenient schedule- I am at the high school Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays and at the middle school every other Monday or Friday. I alternate. So yes, this does mean that every other week I have a 4 day weekend!
Maybe I`m not really helping my case that I really am working here…moving on.
At the high school, I work with 4 different English teachers (its actually supposed to be 5 but the last one hasn`t had me in his class yet). All of the classes I work with are secondes, which are the French equivalent of high school sophomores, so mostly 14, 15, or 16 years old. So far, teachers have given me nearly free rein when it comes to teaching- they remain in the room and occasionally help me demonstrate activities but I have control over the full class and what activities we do. A few of the teachers have made requests- such as discussing New York State or high school sports- but its for the most part its up to me what we cover.
At the middle school its a little bit different- and developing. For the first two weeks I was working, I was placed in classrooms of sixièmes, or sixth-graders. The teachers I was working with split up their classes in two and I took half the class to a separate room to introduce myself and let them ask me questions in English. However, I won`t be working with sixth-graders anymore- from now on I will be working with troisièmes, or ninth-graders. I`ve only had one day so far with the troisièmes so what I will be doing at the middle school is still unfolding. Stay tuned!
All in all, I have a very workable schedule here. I only work 4 days a week, and the hours I work are close together- I do have some early mornings though! After 4 years of avoiding 8:30 AM lectures like the plague, its a bit of a shock. I usually work 3 classes a day. When I work Mondays I have class from 10 to 2:30, Tuesdays I work 9 to 3, Wednesdays and Thursdays 8 to 1, and when I work Fridays I`m at the middle school from 8 to 2:30.
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