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Published: January 24th 2010
It is Sunday night and I am finally getting around to writing about my past week. Today we did some shopping in downtown Windhoek and went out to lunch. I had to get some school supplies for my classroom and I also found a cute summer dress. Yesterday we had a Braai in a park with Edwin and Emmy, my professors friends from Windhoek. Their whole family and a bunch of their friends were there and we had some delicious food and did some dancing. That lasted from noon until past 6 so we came back and just relaxed together for the rest of the night.
Last week I was in my school from Tuesday on. My teacher has been incredible and I am building a very good relationship with her. She has had a student teacher from the same program that I am doing in the past so she was very excited to have me working with her. She told me that she wanted to be honest and told me that she was not a very good teacher before the last girl came but that she learned a lot from her and keeps trying be better. She said that
Learners working on their name tags.
she is very excited to learn from me and be an even better teacher.
Although it took a few days to start teaching actual academic material, I finally got a temporary schedule of which classes I will be teaching. The first few days I was working with our main class that is assigned to our classroom and my teacher and me. I read some books to them and played games to get to know each other and for them to get comfortable with me as a strange looking person and know their teacher. After we got our schedule it took another day or two for us to teach the material. It is frowned upon to start teaching before the entire schedule is figured out because your kids might be getting a head start. This is very opposite the way things work in the states, but I just keep telling myself that they just do things differently here and I am going to do the best that I can.
I have six different classes and eight periods a day. I have at least one planning period a day (at least according to our temporary schedule) and some days I
Here are our name tags!
have a class twice, once for science and once for art. Those are the two subjects that I will be teaching, science and art. I have four 7th grade classes of 41 or 42 kids each and two 6th grade classes of the same amount. I am working very hard to learn all of their names but there are a lot of kids all wearing the same uniform. I spent a day having the kids create nametags so that I could practice their names by passing them out and also be able to call on them by name during class.
We are starting science class with male and female reproductive systems and mental and physical health. I was very nervous to be teaching this as I have never done it before and then to 6th and 7th graders, but now after starting a day or two I am very excited to be doing something new that will stretch my comfort zone a little bit. I am very excited to teach art and my teacher wants to learn from me how to teach it better, so I hope to integrate some other subjects into the art lessons so they can
Silka was too shy to take a photo by herself.
do some double duty.
I love being at my school and am slowly feeling more and more a part of the community there. Every moment is a learning experience, either as a teacher or as a person in the world. Every experience is new in some way, and yet I am finding comparisons between life at home and life here. I am so blessed to be here taking it all in! That is it for now. I will write more soon and fill in more of our safari trip from last weekend.
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