|The clouds are beautiful during rainy season|
On Thursday we visited two schools located in two of the neediest sections of town. Both schools have a pre-school program, grade one through three, and four through six.The teachers struggle a bit more than other schools to incorporate the strategies they have been taught. Besides the methodologies, English is also a challenge. Most of the instruction is still taught in the local language. The teachers however care about the students and are dedicated and committed to their school. I keep reminded them, caring and loving students is the most important quality of a teacher and something I cannot teach them so I am glad they already have that!
|Caring and dedicated teachers post-conference with Mabuchi|
Friday we visited Mandevu and Matero. We arrived at Mandevu early enough to see the children do some warm up exercises, sing the National Anthem, recite verses and pray. Once the children were dismissed to class, Mabuchi and I began our observations right away.
|Students are happy to share with each other|
Richard the grade five and six teacher taught a math lesson and his students were very attentive and shared with their partners readily. Richard is really making progress and was able to come up with some ideas about how to make his lesson even better next time.
The head teacher, who is a retired
government school teacher, took the training and the lesson I modeled to
heart. He engaged all the learners
in a vocabulary lesson in order to prepare them for a passage they will read on
Monday. Not only did they discuss
and define the words, he was able to show them a picture or example of the
words. I too was engaged in the
lesson so much so I didn’t take any photos! He was able to reflect on his lesson
pointing out what went well and what he might do to improve the lesson next
time. I encouraged him to talk
about these things with the other two less experienced teachers. He has much to offer his colleagues and
As usual we concluded our visit with a brief call on the pastor
and the school board.
|Teacher Richard monitors students|
|Always love chatting with these three|
Matero was our next stop. The two teachers I observed have had no training from me, just the model lesson I gave a week ago and some teaching experience elsewhere. Both teachers incorporated many strategies I modeled last week.
the grade one and two teacher taught parts of the body (a lesson that must be in
the syllabus this week, as I have seen it taught earlier this week in another
grade one & two class). He used a
song, drew his own chart, and had the students turn and talk. The students seemed to enjoy the lesson
and James reported they did very well on their drawings. Patrick, the grade five & six teacher
taught a lesson on puberty. I
noticed there was no snickering or giggling while the students brainstormed
changes that take place in the body as they grow from a girl to a woman or boy
to a man. This would not have been
the case in many of the US classes I have observed.
The teacher asked the students to form groups and immediately,without further instructions, the students got up, moved their desks, and were
seated in groups. It was obvious
the student share in groups and turn and talk frequently as there was no
hesitation when asked to do so. Patrick reported that he just picked up these
techniques from observing my lesson last week and has been practicing them
everyday! Both teachers have
learned so much and been able to apply it! Mabuchi and I were very encouraged.
|James' visual aid for the lesson|
|James monitor his grade one and twos|
|Richard prepares for the lesson|
|Teachers reflect after the lesson|
Mabuchi and I made a stop downtown and she ran into a classmate from way out in Eastern Province whom she has not seen for 20 years! They caught up a bit while I took their picture.
|Mabuchi and her friend from Middle School|
I went home exhausted but very satisfied!