Today was the first day of school and it was more similar to a classroom in Kentucky than I had expected. The teacher uses objectives and learning targets on the board just like we do, and had the exact same learning chart that Ockerman Elementary uses! I couldn't believe it when she told a few students to "clip up" because they had been working together.
The school itself is in the most beautiful location. You can see over the tops of the trees and see the mountains from certain spots. There is a greenhouse and a garden with nature trails that the students are responsible for cleaning up once a week during class time. Manual labor during school hours! I wonder how my students back home would feel about that? :]
These next seven weeks will be an adventure, I'm sure of it. It will be difficult at times, but I think it will make me a more versatile and diverse teacher which will in turn impact my students in a positive way. I hope all my teacher friends are doing well in their student teaching back home and abroad!