Hello and happy Saturday. The other day, I was watching Early Edventures on YouTube and I got an idea for a post. You see, teaching in Colombia can be very different from teaching in the States, at least from the experience that I’ve had. I’ve made a list of six differences I’ve found, which I’ll share with you today. Let’s get started, shall we?
I have worked in three schools, and in all of them, teachers had the chance to ride the school buses to and from school. I don’t drive, so without the possibility of using the school bus, I would have had to rely on public transportation.
2. Arrival time
From the YouTube videos I watched, teachers in the U.S get to school earlier and leave later than students. In the schools I’ve worked at, teachers got to school at the same time as the students and left at the same time, except for one day a week, when we had meetings. I very rarely got to school or stayed after “contract hours,” if I’m being honest.
3. Dress code
Now, I don’t know if this has been an unlucky coincidence for me or what, but I feel like, at least in the schools I’ve worked at, dress codes are stricter than in the States. In two of the schools I had to wear black bottoms and a lab coat, and in the other one, I could wear navy bottoms and white or ivory tops. I wish I could rock all the colorful stuff teachers in the U.S do.
I’m sure that teachers in the States plan in advance, but they just don’t show it in their YouTube videos. However, I feel like there is more flexibility for them to just come up with an idea one day and execute it the next one. Again, I envy that freedom.
5. State/ Standardized Testing
This is something I don’t envy because thankfully for me, I’ve only once had my students undergo testing of this kind, and I wasn’t responsible for grading the tests. People from an agency went to the school and administered the test. There was even somebody in the room with me monitoring the kids. With the younger kids, I could design the tests, and I graded them according to the standards I had set.
6. Lunch and snacks
I would have been very sad if I’d have had to bring my own food to school. Things don’t work that way here. Teachers are usually given snacks and lunch, at least in the places I’ve worked at. Now, in two of the schools, this was discounted from our salary, but it was a very low price, and the food was great.
What differences have you noticed regarding your work among various places? Let me know in the comments below.
Love, Miss Camila