Today was the first day of school for the students at BSC. After arriving, they congregated in various areas of the school for assemblies to welcome them back minus a few seventh graders had a hard time coping within the first few hours. They could be seen throughout the day crying outside of the administration office due to the difficult transition. I'm sure they'll find their niche within the next few days.
The assembly ended and students were asked to go to their first class. It was the first and only class for me today, across campus at the science center, where all of my classes will be held. "Animal Inside" is designated as a big picture physiology class focusing on the differing systems of animals. It should be a fun class; I'm going to enjoy coming up with lessons! I will be taking over the class relatively soon and will be responsible for teaching the digestive system. Logically, I will start with the mouth. It wouldn't make much sense to start at the other end.
A couple of the students were interested if I knew or had met Zac Efron. Who the hell is that? I hope he's not the only American that they know of! Maybe if they knew that the population of the USA is a little over three hundred million (Google), they may reason that the chances of knowing some guy is slim to none; even though I met Bill Clinton one time. Regardless. One of the students asked if Ohio was in Texas. Nope. All were very kind and were very interested in where I came from.
After class, I made it over to the junior campus to start working on lesson planning and organizing my week ahead. Its going to be busy but I have the new staff initiation at the local pub to look forward to next friday evening! It sounds a little like grown-up hazing to me, but what the heck. I was also invited to go camping next weekend with my cooperating teacher and her husband; Mom, Dad, aren't you proud! My parents aren't into camping, but I'm more than open to the idea and would love to spend a night among snakes, spiders, and mozzies. For us Americans, a mozzie is a mosquito in Australian. Yes, I'm aware they speak English, but it feels like another language sometimes. It was extremely nice to be invited to such occasions!
With a few lessons figured out for the next few weeks, I headed back over to the science center to observe another class after being invited by my other cooperating teacher. This one, "The Origin of Species," was definitely right down my alley. If I was a scientist in the 19th century, you could bet that Chuck Darwin and I would be great friends. I am going to do my best to take over this class too, only if the workload of my other classes doesn't get too cumbersome. I know I could handle it.
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Laundry is done so I'm off to hang it up to dry overnight. Primitive, huh? I prefer it this way, you don't have to iron! It also saves energy, a prized commodity in Oz.