|Mabuchi and Mr. Luka Zimba model "think, pair, share"|
|Adults and children of all ages joined the lesson.|
After taking a few photos including this one above of a classmate of Mabuchi’s from middle school, we jumped back in the truck and drove an hour and a half back down the dusty path to Chimosa. Along the way Mabuchi happened to see her niece on the road who was visiting relatives in a nearby village. I tease Mabuchi regularly that she knows everyone.
|Mabuchi with her niece|
|Teachers observe as Mabuchi demonstrates and students draw a plant|
Next stop: Chimosa! A government teacher has joined volunteer teachers - Mr. and Mrs. Niyrenda. The government teacher is from a village in the area so he understands the language and culture well. Mabuchi taught the grade threes about parts of a plant. The students were prepared with their books and pencils and drawing a plant came easily to them. The children caught on quickly and Mabuchi got past the mere drawing and labeling part of the lesson and led a discussion about the purpose of each part.
During the discussion with the teachers following the lesson, the government teacher seemed pleased and eager to try some of the strategies demonstrated by Mabuchi. Mr. Niyrenda already uses some of the strategies but saw the need to use them more regularly. After presenting the school with chalk and “dusters” as we do at each school, we returned to Lundazi.
|Mabuchi presents chalk and dusters to the head teacher|
|Mabuchi and I pose with the teachers|
|Students turn and talk to determine the problem in the story|
The following day we journeyed another hour and a half to the village of Kavinaka. The teachers were prepared for our arrival including having name tags for the children. The school building is new but the furniture is not yet available so students must sit on the floor.
|Using real plants as a model for the "Part of a Plant" lesson|
Mabuchi taught two lessons –
one for the younger grades and
one for the older. The students responded well and contributed to the
|Students using "think, pair, share"|
|Teacher, Mr. Francis Zimba and his family|