Welcome to our first edition of the Weekly Recap! We apologize that the posts have been a day late. Please bear with us as we improve our sporadic internet connection.
This week at the center we introduced color pencils as the first medium that the students were to work with. The first art project that the students completed was a name plate project in which they had the freedom to decorate the first page of their art journal with their name and any drawings that represented them. Throughout the rest of the week we brushed upon topics such as shading, perspective, griding, balance, and creating a light source. On the last day we moved into using the imagery from a story (Total Eclipse by Annie Dillard) to create art pieces.
This week in sports and nutrition we started out by listing some sports and defining nutrition. Then we did the human knot to encourage teamwork and communication. The next day we did the Grid which involves memory, communication and teamwork. Then we also did fitness testing which involved pushups, long jump, vertical jump and the plank. We will test again at the end to hopefully see improvement!
This week was focused on matching my program to an appropriately aged group of students. I worked in a center on Monday and Tuesday, but they were a bit young. I’ll be teaching older students in another center next week. I spent Thursday and Friday shadowing Brittany’s art class. It was exciting to see how talented and attentive her students are. I look forward to seeing what they’re able to accomplish in the next month. My days with Brittany have made me even more excited to start my theater course.
This week I started my creative writing course with six kids from a local school. For the first few classes I just wanted to make the kids comfortable in the classroom and let them know that the classroom was an open environment for ideas and creativity. We danced to several international songs, told stories about chocolates and carrots, and played games like ninja, and telephone. The kids are around twelve years old – which is a critical age here in mauritius – so I am looking forward to the next six weeks as their creative minds and english vocabulary grow!
Since my class does not start until tomorrow, I spent the past week translating in Brittany’s and Lincoln’s classes.
Check back tomorrow for our Student Showcase section, featuring photos from our students’ adventures in the classroom!