On Saturday, Jamie and I went back to school. Our work week actually runs from Saturday to Wednesday, so our weekends are Thursday and Friday, and this was our first week at our new jobs. Jamie and I have been getting up early at 5:00 and go down to our gym to workout/run. We have breakfast and then hop on the bus which picks us up right at our doorstep.
Since it is Ramadan and practically no one is on the roads, it only takes us about 15 minutes to get to the school. Before going into the school, the bus has to go through the U.S. Consulate security gate. This was an interesting process the first time we went through, but no it is just part of the whole ordeal. We just have to stay on the bus and show our school ID.
Our school is rather large and has a perimeter of about 1 mile around. It sits directly next to the U.S. Consulate and the land is actually leased from King Faud University of Petroleum and Minerals. The lease expires soon, so we don’t know what will happen then. Our campus actually contains 3 schools all operated by a non-profit organization called International Schools Group (ISG).
Jamie has a classroom in a normal high school type building while I actually have more of what looks like a mobile room, only perhaps a bit nicer than what you see in the States. The students will have to walk from building to building for their classes and lunch, which makes it a bit different than most set ups back home.
Our schedule is pretty similar and we teach an American curriculum. School ends at 3:30, and we really can’t work past 5:00 because they close the gates to the school, and you have to go through the U.S. Consulate to get out. Jamie and I hop back on a bus at either 3:30 or 5:00 and head back to our compound.
Lately, we’ve been pretty much crashing and napping or going shopping in the evenings. We still do not have a vehicle and have to rely on others to take us around.
I received my schedule today and I will be teaching 7th grade math and science as well as one “elective.” I do not know yet, but I believe I will do either Journalism or Model United Nations as my elective. Jamie is teaching 10th grade Modern World History and 11th grade U.S. History at the high school.
So far so good at the school, but our school implements several new software programs that takes getting used to. These include Moodle, Skyward, Atlas Rubicon, and First Class. All have the strengths and weaknesses is appears, but it is good to know the school pays for quality programs to help teachers with record keeping.
I haven’t received any questions, so if you have any, email them my way!