I didn’t get the prolongation to continue teaching in St. Etienne until the end of May. There were only 60 spots left in the academy and they just didn’t have room. To be honest, I am kind of glad this is my last week. It’s not that I don’t enjoy my students and the school I am working at, I am just ready to move on I think.
Tomorrow is my last day. In some classes we are having a little party, like bringing cookies and juice to class and just talking. In other classes, I am ending the year by helping the teacher give conversation exams! Not exactly a relaxed way to end my time here, but I kind of enjoy grading the exams. I like trying to figure out the student’s speaking level and how they can improve. Anyways, many of my students wished me good luck for the future. Some asked if I would ever see them again. I really will miss their enthusiasm. They were always so happy to see me and went out of their way to come and talk to me when I was in the hallway.
Honestly, I thought I was going to hate teaching at an all boy’s school. I suppose I just had this horrible image of them all ganging up on me or ignoring me, however it wasn’t really like that at all. In some ways they paid me more respect then mixed classes I have taught. I did a lot more conversation exercises this year than last year, and I really think they benefited from this.
So what next? Good question. I will be heading back to the USA in mid June meaning I’ve still got a bit of time left to enjoy the European lifestyle. I decided to move back to Roanne for the remainder of my time here. I might travel a bit more (if I can afford it), spend time enjoying the city and attempt the difficult task of job searching.
Dimitri and I leave for Poland this Sunday! We also added a side trip to Ukraine to see my dear friend Sveta, whom I haven’t seen in 8 years! I might be a bit broke after this trip, but I’m excited to for the upcoming experience.