The school year in the Philippines runs from June through March, and their first day of school this year was June 12th. I was fortunate to be able to visit my host school, Oro Site High School, on its first day of classes. Mrs. G and I arrived at 5:45 in the morning, because the school day for 7th and 10th grade students begins at 6:00 a.m. The students go until 12:15, and then the 8th and 9th grade students arrive to start school at 12:45, and they stay until 7:00 p.m. More classrooms are being built in another building, but until that project is finished, there are two shifts of classes.
Every Monday, the school has a flag raising ceremony at 6:00 am, and on this first day of school, Mrs. G and I were introduced. We visited lots of classrooms, and brought gifts to the students. One interesting thing I noticed was the students staying in the same classroom all day, with different teachers coming in every hour. In our schools, the students move from classroom to classroom, and the teachers stay in the same room. We'll be back here on Wednesday, and we're looking forward to visiting an elementary school as well as a college tomorrow!
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I am a school librarian at Genesee Elementary School in Auburn, NY where I try to inspire students to be lifelong learners, critical thinkers and adventurers! In June, I am traveling to the Philippines with a group of amazing teachers from around the country as part of a Teachers for Global Classrooms Fellowship. I hope you'll join me on my journey!