New teacher induction week was Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday at Instituto Norteamericano, and it went well. Each day we had different types of lectures that consisted of administrative information, teaching methodologies, and general ways to be an effective educator of the English language. While dense at times, the activities were interactive. There are about 15 other new teachers, and I got to meet and chat with most of them over the past three days. We also got to meet many of the staff that we will be interacting with in the coming months. Finally, the induction week helped to give me an understanding of the institute’s teaching philosophy and goals, as well as give me teaching ideas and strategies which will improve my confidence once I am in the classroom.
On Friday afternoon we will be assigned classes. Some of us might begin next Monday, but others might not start until the coming weeks. The institute teaches young children, teens, adults, and professional adults via their employers. Many companies do not organize English classes until the end of the month, which is why teaching loads for us teachers will likely increase in the coming weeks. Either way, I’ll finally have a good idea about what I’ll be doing here (and when) on Friday afternoon. I’m looking forward to it.
In other news, we found a new roommate. Her name is Susan, and she will move in next week. She’s from Minnesota! She’s 30 years old and has just started her 2nd (and final) year at university here, where she will finish her MBA. Susan seems very friendly and relaxed. I’m so pleased to have found a midwesterner! It is a good omen.
I’m afraid there’s not much more to report. Still experimenting in the kitchen, still relishing the amazing, very affordable produce (peaches, grapefruit, blueberries, tomatoes, avocados, mmmmm). Still going on long walks and relishing the favorable weather and the greenness of the trees, grass and vegetation. Still reading and practicing Spanish and meeting the locals. Still taking my time to perfect the beat, still got love for the streets.
Okay, that last part isn’t original.
But still. I’m keeping it real.