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Reisverslag Day 3: The American School in Switzerland
31 maart 2014
Day 3: The American School in Switzerland
The day started with morning assembly. During this activity, the students would present to the other students what they had learned in the past weeks. I was amazed by the confidence most of these students had. Most 10-year-olds I know barely dare to ask the teacher if they can go to the bathroom. But these students were talking to a larger audience than I’ve ever talked to. After this morning assembly we went to the classroom of Mr. Nijenhuis.
For the morning (and also the rest of the week) there had been scheduled some SAT-10 tests. These tests are similar to the CITO-tests we have in Holland. These tests took quite a lot of time, and unfortunately I could not help out a lot during the testing. Although it was a great opportunity for me to get accustomed to the class and the school system at TASIS (and also to write a little bit for my blog). Something I noticed immediately at the school was that the level at which the teachers teach is very high. Students are taught things I’ve only been taught a couple of years ago at Maaslandcollege. And I’m still talking about 10-year old students here.
After the SAT-10 tests the class had social studies, which was more like the history-classes we have in Holland. For this unit they studied the Japanese and Russian history, which I thought was quite interesting as we’ve never had any lessons on those subjects with history at Maaslandcollege.
After that the students had English lessons, which were like the IB lessons I have at Maaslandcollege. They had already learned about stylistic devices, something I’ve learned this year (!) with IB. And then there was one more lesson left, Italian. Although Mr. Nijenhuis does not give this lesson, I sat in on the lesson anyway. And although I had thought it would all be one big ‘’ che cosa?’’ for me, it was quite understandable. Italian is a lot like French mixed with English (and Latin, which I do not know) and therefore I was able to follow most of the lesson, although it was given completely in Italian.
After that the school-day was over and I went to the bus stop. What followed was a bus ride that went just perfect (I totally didn’t get out of the bus at the wrong bus stop…), and a small walk back in the right direction to the hotel in Agra. Once I had arrived there I had a delicious meal (pasta. Man, I do love pasta) and went to work on my blog. This blog you are reading right now. After I’ve finished this blog I’m not planning on doing much, probably I’ll go to bed early (earlier than yesterday, that’s for sure) so I’ll be ready for another busy day tomorrow.
1 april 2014 18:56 | Door: Mam
Zo te lezen heb je je ogen goed de kost gegeven deze eerste dag.
Leuk dat je bekende dingen ervaart (zoals IB) en nieuwe dingen tegenkomt (Japanse geschiedenis...je weet maar nooit wanneer dat nog eens van pas komt...).
Hoog niveau van lesgeven daar? Zeker nooit bij ons op school wezen kijken.....;)
Ik zie dat het ook goed is voor je algemene ontwikkeling, zo'n buitenlandse stage: waar moet je anders leren wanneer je op tijd uit een bus moet stappen....toch? Ach...een stukje wandelen is gezond.
Veel plezier morgen weer....we lezen wel hoe het dan weer is verlopen!