Week 2: Barcelona Classrooms

I cannot stress enough how hectic school is here in Barcelona.

My day in a nutshell:

1. Go to school around 8 a.m.

2. Have “breakfast” at 12:30 p.m.

3. Have classes until lunch at 1:30 or 2:30

4. Have classes until 4:45 p.m.

Not only are the school days ridiculously long in Spain (super thankful for school days in America now), the students have very odd schedules. In Spain the students have their own rooms that they stay in ALL DAY LONG. The teachers are the ones who go from room to room for each class that they teach. While the teachers don’t seem to mind traveling from classroom to classroom, I think it effects the students quite a lot. Imagine sitting in one classroom from 8 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Every. Single. Day. The students are very good friends with everyone in their class since they literally spend every day with each other, which makes for a difficult time for the teachers because the students never want to stop talking and get down to business.

Now, American students do not get recess or snacks throughout the day. Well, I am here to inform you that Spanish students get 2 recesses a day and 2 snacks a day. Students have the opportunity to talk a walk in the school, a walk home, a walk down the street, or they can stay at school and play some soccer on the “patti”.

As I mentioned in my last blog, the curriculum at the school is very interesting. The teachers create the curriculum via IPads, but the curriculum must teach the national standards. The students learn a lot (I repeat, A LOT) of grammar. The IPads never seem to work, so the teachers have to figure out how to teach their lesson without the actual lesson in front of them. Also, classes NEVER begin on time here. If a class starts at 11:00 the teacher will most likely show up by 11:10. Classes are supposed to last for an hour, but most of the teachers let the students leave with 10 minutes of class left. All in all, the students are getting about 40 minutes of instructional time.

While I have enjoyed my time in Barcelona, I would not want to teach in this school.


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