Back to School Week!

Flashback: February 25th-March 2nd, 2011

On Friday we had our school of education orientation.  Again, this was sort of pointless because it was geared towards first years who would be getting their diplomas from AUT, but it was still a good introduction to what the education classes would be like.  We met some faculty, learned where to go if we need help (with anything!), and got our textbooks.  The most memorable part of orientation was that as one professor was welcoming us to the program, he told us to turn to the person next to us and say:

“You are already a great teacher.”

Of course, it was Hannah who I turned to.  It was a very emotional moment for us (I teared up, what else is knew?) since we have already been through so much together and supported each other immensely since we started our teaching career, but we’d never said anything like that to each other before that is so fundamentally encouraging…and true.

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After a relaxing weekend at Mission Bay, a beach just a 10-minute bus ride away

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which is know for it’s iconic fountain (it was so pretty, and little kids were swimming in it!)

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We had our first week of classes!

Monday was our first Education class, which is about Literacy/Reading.  Our professor is awesome, and I can tell that we are going to learn a lot about the process of learning to read.

Tuesday was our other Education class, which is about Math! Our professor is sort of nuts, but in a good way (I think!) and we are going to learn about The Numeracy Project, which is the math program used across New Zealand.

Wednesday we had our Introduction to Maori Culture and Society course, which is pretty self-explanatory.  The coolest part is that it is located in a traditional Maori house.  I can’t wait to learn more about it!  My other Maori culture course is right after that, in the same room, and it is about leadership.  We will be learning about the qualities that make a good leader, and learning about some important Maori leaders.  It’s the most popular course for study abroad students, and my first impression is that it is going to be really fun!

In other news…

  • We’ve been enjoying free food feed to celebrate the first week.

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“Mexican” food, according to Kiwis is baked beans…?

  • We taught our Kiwi roommate how to play beer pong (he was a natural).
  • We went back to Father Ted’s for Trivia and Karaoke night (doesn’t get much better than that!)  Our team, called “The Kiddie Table,” didn’t do too bad, but there’s definite room for improvement!  Hannah and I were also disappointed to learn that they did not have Ke$ha’s “We R Who We R” which we’d been practicing for karaoke (for you, Geoff!)  But we’ve got big plans for next week…
  • We get out of class late on Wednesdays, so we went to a Malaysian restaurant across the street from our apartment instead of cooking.  We stuffed ourselves with scrumptious stir-fried noodles dishes and decided we had a new weekly spot!

And guess what? You are all up-to-date on our adventures so far in Auckland.  But no worries, I expect there will be plenty more to report in the (near) future!

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