For the last 2 1/2 months I have been attending school in Israel. School here is pretty different from school at home for a number of reasons. One being the actual academics. The teaching style at my school in Israel is more of a “Teacher Stands at the Front of the Room and Drones on for Ages” style. While at home we do more interactive projects, and the teacher really participates us in the lesson. Another reason school is different here, is the way children act during class. Basically the students start shouting at the teacher, and the teacher shouts back to the students. Kid’s also tend to talk, pass notes, and generally not pay attention to the lesson. I can’t even imagine what would happen if these kids tried that at home. Whispered conversations in class, were not rare at Hausner, but they are nothing compared to the chaos that sometimes (at least twice a week), enters our class room in Israel. Now that I have been to school here, I always think about the teachers back at home, and how the react if a child whispers in class. They really should be grateful to have such good students, at least compared to Israeli kids. Lastly, everybody lives close to the school and everybody lives close to everybody. Which is very different from my experience at home. At home its a 15 minute drive to school. Here its a 5 minute walk. If I want to visit a friend at home? Half an hour in the car. Here? Cross the street and your there. This way all my friends and I stay very well connected and….. I am never late to school! (Thats new for me).
Now I will move away from the subject of school and pan out to my stay in Israel in general. By coming to Israel I have discovered a bit of independence that before I had only a taste off. As I mentioned just a moment ago, in Tel Aviv, everyone and everything is nearby. Which means I can walk to my friends house, without having to drive with my parents. I can go to the park with a group of kids, alone. I have spent days out of the house in the mall with my friends, with only 1 phone call at 4 pm to ask if my friend could sleepover. I even travel in the bus alone to get to soccer practice. These are all things I could’t experience at home.
We are also really close to my Safta (Grandma), and my uncles, aunts and cousins. As well as family friends I haven’t seen in ages.
This is my overall experience in Israel so far, and I’ll be sure to write about more specific things soon!
Liv the Student/Explorer