On Monday this week, due to the religious holiday, only Nawfal was able to attend class. With the small class size, we just played soccer in the classroom which got a little too rambunctious at times but was overall a blast! Wednesday and Friday we watched Kung Fu Panda to analyze setting, theme, plot, protagonists, and antagonists. Hopefully next week we will start producing work to be published on the blog. I also am looking forward to teaching at my new center next week.
This week we focussed on setting up my course at a new center in Grand Gaube. We met with parents of children from the village, and they all seemed excited for the program. I look forward to starting this Monday. In the meantime, I continued attending Brittany’s class. She’s made incredible progress with her students, and it’s been a blast touring her classes.
This week in class we introduced chalk pastel to the students, along with the children’s story Little Red Riding Hood. After the initial day of introduction to chalk pastel, which included blending and shading techniques, we broke Little Red Riding Hood into two parts. My students were very creative in their interpretations of the story with chalk pastel and I was so proud of what they accomplished in their sketchpads. I can’t wait to see how they take to oil pastel and next week’s story!
This week in sports and nutrition, I wanted to do an activity involving communication. On Tuesday we had them split into pairs and one person was blindfolded. Half of the students became the obstacles in a “minefield.” The partner had to lead the blindfolded person through the minefield, avoiding the obstacles, without touching them. This caused the students to figure out how to be very descriptive and vocal with their partner. We then went inside and talked about the new “food plate” and the different aspects of nutrition. Sadly, class was cancelled for Wednesday as the school had a holiday, however, we are planning a football game for this week and they seem really excited!!
During our first week of journalism class, we learned about informative and argumentative articles and how to use the Five W’s + H (Who, What, When, Where, Why, and How) to write. The students then interviewed and wrote articles about each other. Next week, we will write news articles and publish the first edition of our newspaper!