We’ve been here for seven months, and I realized I haven’t done a post about our actual job!
Each week we receive a group of students from a nearby elementary or middle school in the county. There are usually 30-63 students.
On Mondays, they arrive at 1:00 pm. At about 1:15, the teachers interview students with a short placement test. It’s no big deal, but sometimes the students are incredibly nervous. Interviews and placement usually lasts into the second period, but we go to our rooms and greet our students for the week. Another CEV staffer has already read the rules to them and passed out their workbooks.We have third and fourth period left to introduce ourselves, get to know our students, and begin on a section of the workbook.
On Tuesdays, the different classrooms follow separate schedules. There are normally six teachers (the other two work at night in cyber school), but we’re going to be short-staffed this summer. There will be only four teachers, but I think we can manage. The kids are always great. Our classes alternate between classroom periods and simulations rooms. My classroom, Class 4, goes to the hospital first.
At the hospital, the kids get to do a scavenger hunt from the book, play dress-up, and review body part vocabulary. Then it’s back to the classroom for the next few periods to work on the book.
Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday all have four periods (usually), and follow a fairly strict schedule that works well. We start at 1:10 and end at 4:30, with ten-minute breaks between periods. The students’ favorite simulation room is Duty-Free Mart, as you can see by the photos.
Their second-favorite simulation room is Language Lab, where we play a jeopardy-style game based on the vocab they learned through the week. My personal favorite simulation is the Art Room, where I let the kids color, converse in English, and listen to KPop songs on an old boom box. It’s calming, and on my schedule happens halfway through the week, right when we need it the most!
Friday is a little different. Because it’s the last day, it ends about an hour early. We usually have one classroom period, which is our last chance to finish up the workbook. The highest level students have usually finished the book by Friday, and their teacher gives them puzzles and fun worksheets to fill out. The lowest level students are not finished, and by this point their teacher just writes answers on the board and coaxes students to copy it in their books.
After the one period, the students go down to the auditorium to watch a movie. This is (obviously) their most favorite part of the week. We teachers rotate through the movie as a watchful eye. When the students leave at 3:30, we all go outside and wave goodbye to them.
At the end of Friday a weekly report and a student report is due (on top of daily reports handed in Monday through Thursday). Most of our work is scheduled between 12:30 to 9:00 pm (with an hour for dinner). When students leave, we plan curriculum for the next year’s workbook, write reports, or watch Netflix. However, on Fridays, we get off at 6:00 pm.
And that is a regular week at CEV!