This week was fantastic. I was involved in so many great things.
I taught a couple lessons again this week and they all went well.
Orienteering is fun to teach to Year 7’s because they are 12 and 13 years old and they get so excited to be in class with a foreign teacher. This week they had a scavenger hunt and had to find things around the school. My cooperating teacher was sick that day so I did the class by myself and I’m proud of how it went because it went very well.
I also helped coach some football this week again. I am loving that I get to coach this. It is helping me get some ideas for when I start coaching back in the states. One of the days I helped coached it down poured, the rain was very cold and there was a very nasty wind to add to the misery. Some of the students didn’t have their skins (under armor) or track suit tops and were freezing and some were crying because they were so cold. The other teacher and I stopped earlier than usual because the weather was awful. It is so fun to help coach these students because they range from the ages of 8-11. They are all boys because girls don’t play football at Hymers, because the boys don’t play netball at Hymers. Some of these students have so much talent when it comes to football, and some don’t. What I enjoy the most though, is that no matter how talented these students are at football everyone of them gives 100% during practice. That makes help coaching them so great. I have really enjoyed watching some of them improve little by little each practice.
I also helped with swimming since Steve was sick one day. I worked with a student one on one with some of his swimming strokes. This included the front and back stroke along with the breast stroke. He was a strong swimmer and tried very hard to practice each stroke with the best technique he could.
I also taught another volleyball lesson to the same Year 9’s I did last week. It went pretty well, but we didn’t get as much done as I was hoping because of how the lack of listening and talking of some of the students. These students are 14-15 years old, so listening to a teacher is not a top priority. I was impressed with how some students really focused on their technique that we worked on last week ans were trying hard to to it correctly. The students played a serving game called bloob, it’s really fun, but they didn’t get to play much of it due to all the talking so hopefully we can start with that next week and then go into an actual game.
During the week a lot more students said hello to me and asked me what to expect during class. It is nice to start being seen as a teacher with the students, it helps me feel more comfortable in the school.
On Thursday, I went to York with the U11 netball team for a fixture (game). When we got to York my jaw dropped to the ground. The first thing I saw was a massive church called York Minister towering over the entire city. Very beautiful. As we got farther into the city there were castle walls still standing. That just took my breath away since I have never seen that before. It was so incredible to see. Some of the other teachers I was with laughed at my reaction and explained to me that this is very normal for them and that they take this for granted while I was just so stunned. The girls played pretty well though and I was just happy to have been allowed to go with them and see all of five minutes of York.
When I got home that night I asked Brooke if she wanted to go to York on Saturday, so that is what we did. (I’ll get to that in a little while)
Friday had to have been the best day of school for me by far. It started off with me leading some tag games with the Year 7’s, then going to watch Year 11’s play some football. I then taught my volleyball lesson which, besides the talking and interruptions, went well. The best part of the day was games in the afternoon with Year 11 nonsquad netball team. They played a game of bench ball. The game consistes of two teams (even if possible). The game starts off with one team member from both teams standing on opposite benches. The whole goal of the game is to get your entire team on the bench. To do this team members have to throw netball ball’s to their teammate on the bench. If the teammate standing on the bench catches the throw the person who threw it goes to stand on the bench also. Game ends when one team has all of their players on the bench. There is some strategy to this game, you have to play defense, and decide who stays back and who tries to join the bench first. I got my chance to play and I HAD A BLAST!!! It was so much fun, and you could tell the girls were having a lot of fun when all of their teachers joined in. This is a game I can bring back to the states, as a warm up game of some kind.
After school on Friday, Brooke and I went over to Alice’s (one of my cooperating teachers) house for tea (dinner). Earlier that day though, Alice had given me a Hull City Jersey that she said I could keep. We then bought tickets for a game coming up on Feb 11th. I’m super excited to be going and was very appreciative of the nice gesture on Alice’s behalf of giving me the Jersey. Dinner at Alice’s was very fun. I got to meet her 1 1/2 year old son, Harry. So cute and such a fun little boy to be around, he wasn’t shy and while Alice made tea Brooke and I got the chance to watch and play with Harry. Alice made homemade pizza, salad, and chips (french fries). She then made a dessert which was a chocolate rice crispy cake with a whipping cream topping with fruit in it. The meal was delicious. Alice was very nice to have invited us over and we both had a great time.
On Saturday, Brooke and I went to York. York is about an hour away from Hull by train. York is beautiful, like I said earlier. I was so excited to be exploring it. Brooke and I got the chance to walk across the old castle wall. It was so cool to do and then to look down and see everyday life happening, knowing that this castle wall is thousands of years old. It amazed me how there is so much history in York. We visited York Minister. The church was so beautiful. The inside had very big painted glass windows. I took many pictures of the church inside and out. Brooke and I then visited all the shops that surrounded the church. They were so cool. So many little shops and so were very specific. We found many candy shops (sweet shops). Many clothing shops, a couple Halloween shops and a Christmas shop. There is a place in York called The Shambles it is a very very very old street with many shops going down it. The street is cobbled stone and very tiny. It looked like an ally way. Imagine Diagon Alley in Harry Potter and you can then paint a picture. It was just so neat to see and walk down. Brooke and I tried to find the old castle but we didn’t know how to get there. We also visited a train museum that was close to the train station before we left. That was really cool to see. I took a lot of pictures there of very old trains and of the newer ones too. York was a very beautiful place to of visited and I would love to go again and hopefully see the castle.
Today is the Superbowl so Brooke and I bought some Superbowl food (or at least what we could find) and will be watching it here at 10pm tonight. Regardless I am still excited…GO BRONCOS!!
Can’t wait to see how this week of teaching goes!! Still loving it here.
Here are some Pictures taken in York: