Our school begins at 9:40. That is already late.
At 9:39, all of the teachers were in the cafe having coffee. (And by this, I mean five of us, because teachers arrive in shifts, and only those of us who had class first period were there). But that was alright, because none of the students were at school yet, either.
Once we all finally got there, the teachers discovered that none of the four administrators (principal, vice principal, etc) were at school today.
¨So we don´t have to go to class?¨ They said it like a joke, but were dead serious.
Several teachers stayed in the teachers´ room for five or ten minutes more, standing by the radiator and talking. Eventually, they all went to class. I don´t know who was with the students all that time. Classes started at about 10am today.
Also, when I was leaving the teachers’ room to go to the class with the 16 year olds, Julián, the teacher who I work with in that class, said “where are you going?”
I kind of panicked a little bit “we have class with 1st bac, right?”
"yes, but wait a minute". As in, wait a few minutes more after the bell had rung two minutes ago. This place! I want to be to class on time and I want the students to do so as well. If the teachers aren’t there on time, how can we expect the students to settle down and get ready for class? What the hell.
In other news, I am very seriously thinking about going back to the US next year and preparing to go to grad school to be a Spanish teacher. I want to be useful and be part of a faculty of teachers who I can communicate with. The idea of settling down in any way whatsoever terrifies me, though.