This week was my first week teaching at the new Grand Gaube center. The ages of the kids at Grand Gaube range from 10 – 15 so designing a lesson plan that is both engaging and comprehensible for all age groups will be challenging; thus far, however, the kids have enjoyed the games and lessons that we have done. At the Naw-N-Shaw center, the students are learning about Details and Descriptions to include in their short stories.
This week in sports and nutrition we did another activity involving communication. Blindfolded partners had to find each other across a field. This was meant encourage finding unique ways to communicate with each other. Then we played a football game and it was great to see everyone getting involved! The next day I taught a short lesson on the basic muscle groups. We also worked on hand-eye coordination as we juggled and played games involving throwing and catching tennis balls.
Unfortunately at the beginning of the week I was sick, but Stephanie and Lauren were amazing and stepped in on Monday and Tuesday to teach my class. This week we introduced oil pastel and the stories Snow White and Beauty and the Beast. The students had unique takes on each story and I was so excited to see the work that everyone produced. We also had a sursprise visit from Vedant and some of the news cast from Le’Express. Be sure to look out for the story on July 10th!
This week was my first at the center in Grand Gaube. My students have responded unbelievably well to the initial exercises in breaking down physical barriers, and they absolutely have the energy necessary for an exciting class. I look forward to beginning work on enunciation and projection this coming week. I hope to have some of the quieter students screaming at the top of their lungs by the end.
We wrote our first articles in journalism class this week! Look for the first edition of our newspaper this week on the ELI Africa website. For the rest of the summer session, we will be publishing a newspaper every week. Up next–editorials!