This week is sports and nutrition, I wanted to focus on exposing the students to global sports. We talked about the Olympics and then watched a slideshow of major sports from across the world. It was great to see their excitement when looking at sports they had never seen, such as lacrosse and field hockey. The next day was “Sports Day” for the schools, which is similar to a giant field day competition between about 20 schools. I was fortunate enough to tag along and watch my students compete!
This past week we finished the main course of my Creative Writing class with stories. The students wrote Love Letters to their first crushes and then we wrote stories to drawing’s from Brittany’s class. On Monday we did a class bonding activities and learned important life lessons. The following week will be review and presentation day.
This week we wrote articles from firsthand experiences. Look for them in the upcoming 4th edition of “Write the Future!”
This week in class we introduced oil paint. However, rather than focus on stories this week, the students were free to chose a picture from our collection of National Geographics and art books that inspired them and replicate their chosen picture. We did read the story of Pandora’s box, which many of my students had not heard before to my surprise, and some students produced some pretty convincing boxes that illustrated why Pandora was so tempted to open the box.
This week was my last at the Training and Employment Center for Disabled Persons. We worked more on some basic English skills and spent the most time with forms of the verb “to be,” which I quickly came to realize is far more irregular and complicated than it at first seems. Our final day was both exciting and sad; we were reluctant to give our goodbyes, but all the students looked forward to the three weeks of vacation they now have. I hope I’ve left some mark on them–I know they’ve certainly left one on me.