5 Things about Teaching in Torino
1.School Days in Italy
School in Italy starts at 8AM and ends at 2PM so the students can go have lunch. There’s no cafeteria at the school so everybody goes home and eats with their families or gets food at a restaurant. For me, this meant going to my host grandparents house for food and wine 😋
In Italy, students remain in the same classroom with the same people their entire time in high school. Instead, the teachers change rooms when the periods change.
2. Weekly Schedule
As a volunteer English teacher, I had anywhere from 12 to 18 classes a week. Teachers scheduled me to come and do conversation lessons with their students & I saw each class once a week maximum. I was also requested to give science and math classes in English as well. I can’t escape my engineering background.
I got to meet hundreds of students, but I only got to see them once a week so it was hard to really know them. They all knew me though. Everybody spoke to me in the hallways and were excited to practice their English with me. It was literally impossible to learn all their names, but they all had an impact on me and my decision to become a teaching nomad.
3. Classroom Set-up & Lesson Planning
All the classrooms were equipped with a computer and screen. I prepared all my lessons using Google slides and simply plugged in my flash drive at the beginning of each class. I had a co-teacher present during all the classes, but they didn’t really say much during my lessons.
I had plenty of resources available to me at the school. If I needed to print, make copies, or cut out bingo boards I could do that. I didn’t spend too much time lesson planning, but even when I did I enjoyed it.
4. Afterschool Program
My school also organized an afterschool program specifically centered around my time at the school. I met with my afterschool program once a week for two hours. The language levels were very mixed and that was done on purpose. I had students that were really passionate about English and wanted to improve and students that were mandated by the teachers to attend. We played games, laughed, ate snacks and learned.
5. Public Transportation
Public transportation and my two feet were my methods of getting around in Turin. My school provided me with a monthly transportation card that I could use for the buses, metro, and tram. I walked to the metro station and bus stops on a daily basis. That and eating farm to table is probably why I lost so much weight during my three months.
Volunteering in Italy changed my life and there will always be a place in my heart for Turin (& pasta con toño😋). When the world goes back to normal I'm booking a trip to go see my host family as soon as possible 😩