Teaching in Poland
The school I am at is a Private Catholic School for Girls (it accepted its first class of boys this year), and is called the Cecylia Plater-Zyberk School, but students and teachers simply call it ‘Platerki’. The school itself is housed in an old building which has an extensive history; I’m told it was used as a hospital during the war! It is also very centrally located about a 20 minute walk to Centrum (central train station).
The kids start school when they are six years old, until possibly this year they started at seven years old. I teach mainly the younger children aged six to about 14. In the younger classes (0, 1, 2, 3) I tend to take on more of an assistive role, simply acting as a native English speaker or extra set of hands. These kids are full of energy and often learning is the least of their priorities compared to running around like crazy! I really admire the teachers who take these classes as they are so patient and organised. The kids are really cute though and it is common for at least one of them to run up to me in the hallways and give me a big hug. Whenever I walk into the room I am greeted with a loud ‘Hello’, or ‘Good morning/afternoon’ which always brings a smile to my face.
So far the students seem to like me which is a huge plus! Just the other day I got given a bookmark by one of my 4’s saying ‘You are Hero’ accompanied by a floating cape, legs, and head. Not sure what happened to my body but it’s cute all the same! On student’s name days or birthdays they bring in sweets and always rush to give me one. Little things like this really make my day. So that’s an overview of my teaching life!
Submitted by: Sammy Battaglene