Monday, 8 February 2010

6 months later ...

A lot has happened since I began the assistanship at Voksen skole and since I last wrote here. Time goes by so fast, there are so many things happening at the same time, that it can be overwhelming and very time consuming.
These last 6 months have been totally amazing, although sometimes difficult. There are too many different things one must learn when one moves to another country. It's not just the language, it's a whole different culture, different schedules, different weather, different life styles ... you name it!
Still it is a unique experience, from which I have been learning so much.
The first three weeks at school I stayed with one second grade class. After that I got two more classes. Also second grade. I got the chance to works with more children and teachers. Also I participated in several courses, from Art to English and Math, Norwegian, Gymnastics, Religion and Social studies.
At first it was pretty complicated to understand what the teachers and children were saying and this required a lot of translation back and forth. If I had to explain something to the children it would require a mixture of sign language, English and a lot of frustration! These children have started learning English a year ago and most of the time wouldn't understand what I was trying to say.
Things changed, and with Norwegian classes and a lot of paying attention to what people say, I can now talk to the children in Norwegian and understand a lot of things. That alone definitely makes your life easier :)

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