10. Austin just walked in with fresh hot bread straight from the boulangerie’s oven. I don’t think it is going to last until our spaghetti dinner…
9. We caught the rat that had the nerve to invade our Center and my science supplies.
8. I finally participated in McKay’s dance class, I don’t know what took so long! So much fun! The girls definitely won the dance war that ensued after class.
7. We met three Mauritian university-aged students while we were at guest-teaching at a school yesterday, who have agreed to come visit and volunteer at the Centre! I can’t wait to get to know them better, and hopefully recruit one to help teach my class.
6. We had at least FIVE new students today! We consistently have almost 40 students a day now.
5. I taught my guest class at Universal College, which ended with the head of the science department standing up and exclaiming, arms raised, “And this is how science should be taught!!!”
4. Gina, Grace and I also guest lectured at the health club at Ramsoondar Prayag SSS, an all boys’ school in Riviére du Rempart. The energy of the students were amazing, and the teachers thanked us with home-made cards that they made in art class, as well as tea and roti. The cards contained the sweetest phrase: “You are an angel of knowledge. Spread love with knowledge and make the world a better place to live.”
3. We found out that Trisha won her debate that we’ve been advising her on, arguing the negative influence of mass media on today’s youth. Even more impressive, she also won the very best speaker of the day!
2. My lesson was on rockets today, which was a huge hit. My class was bigger than ever, and it was a blast to turn them loose and let them design their own film canister rockets, however their hearts desired. Tomorrow we will compete to see whose can fly the highest! I need to think of a fun prize…
1. I HAVE MY OWN LAB!! After dying the canvas fabric a light blue, the students helped me tie the knots on the cord to hang the curtains. I now have my own enclosed space for teaching, which I think will help with the students’ focus and also adds on to the aura of the mad scientists’ lab that has slowly been evolving.