|A little blurry from the moving car -- one of many "lakes" on our drive|
February is the middle of the rainy season here. This year however the rain has not been as plentiful as usual. The water table remains low and rolling blackouts and water rationing continue. The heat yesterday reminded us of the heat in October or November. This morning my window was open and I could feel a breeze and later the wind. Suddenly it grew a bit dark. The thunder started rolling, lightening flashed, and the rain poured down. It was a welcomed sight but the lake-like puddles in the road delayed traffic and made our drive to Chawama a challenge.
Mabuchi and I observed four teachers today at Chawama. We began with Jeno, the grade seven teacher who sometimes wears a lab coat. He had training from me in November. He taught a lesson on multiplying fractions. The students seemed to grasp the concepts and interact well. During the post-observation conference I reminded him how to represent fractions with pictures as well as using the algorithm to solve the problem. He had many questions and is eager to learn.
|Grade 7 students discuss how they solved the problem|
|Teacher Mercy write the lesson on the board - Mabuchi looks on|
Precious, the grade two teacher, who has had one training, taught a lesson about things we use to stay clean, such as toothpaste, soap, a towel etc.
The students did well on the
assignment and during the post-observation conference the teacher mentioned
several ways she could make the lesson more relevant to the students.
|Teacher Precious takes her teaching seriously|
|Mr. Lundu's kind and soft spoken manner add to his love for children|
Finally, we ended our observations with Miss Mtonga, the new grade four teacher. She began with a review from yesterday about synonyms and introduced today’s lesson about antonyms. She had some good strategies in place and we were able to talk about how to make her practice stronger by utilizing a few others.
|Miss Mtonga writes the exercise on the board|
During the post-observation conference time with teachers I always go back and ask about the learning objective; what specifically the teacher wants the students to learn that day. That usually takes some discussion before we get to the specific objective and understanding of what they should teach. Writing a clear and concise objective is a challenge for most teachers. We will continue to practice this.
The skies cleared up at the end of the day and the sun came back out. In fact it is quite warm again this evening. There might be rain again tomorrow.