So the last time I wrote anything I was getting bored of having the same routine everyday.... WELL I WANT THAT ROUTINE BACK! Okay not really... I'm happy to finally be working but where before I was trying to find interesting tasks to fill my day with, I now am trying to find time to just sit down!
So I am sharing four streams of S2 Math with another teacher and the S5 Chemistry with a different teacher. We each teach different topics, which honestly doesn't make much sense to me, but hey one ground breaking idea at a time! My first amazing idea was to train the faculty at the school to actually use the 60 computers they have at their disposal. This task was ill planned at first because now I am being commandeered to teach individual lessons, and this is not helping in finding a little me time. So instead of being pulled into the lab every time I try to leave school I have been slaving away making training manuals that involve teaching typing, word, excel and powerpoint, for the teachers to work on in their own time. I am going to be setting up two sessions a week after school to have instructed teaching with the faculty that are interested. I am then going to have these worksheets available in hard copies and on the hard drive for them to use in their free time. My next problem is finding a way to teach all the girls. The thing with them is.... some are interested and some could care less. Right now they are all timetabled to come in as classes but it is kind of a waste to just lecture to them (and I had to say NO for the first time this year when the head of the department asked me to teach all 900 girls!) So I am thinking of actually starting a computer club instead (wow I never thought I would say that in my life!) My idea for garnering interest in this is to include a typing competition where I will provide a prize at the end of the year (I'm thinking a chicken??? I don't know but I'll think of something awesome!) The issue with all this computer nonsense is most of the people here have never even used a computer. So when you think about it, if you had never seen a computer would you know how to turn it on?? Would you know how to use a mouse?? Would you even know what the desktop was?? These are my challenges but I have already decided that I'm only going to put in as much effort as they do. I have quickly learned I can't take on too much and finding a balance is going to be the most difficult thing.
Classes are going well so far, this is the first week I have been teaching. My S2 girls are fun. They make fun of my accent sometimes though answering back in an equally high pitched voice "yesss madame". I just shoot them a look and ask them if they want more dorm work so they giggle, say no and quit it until the next class haha.
Funny story (well to me at least) I was doing a little math competition at the end of class today in teams. I'm watching the girls at the board seeing how they are doing when I feel like something is pulling on my hair.... I turn around and two girls run away laughing. Yes they were feeling up my precious locks! The girls are just fascinated by my hair (how is it so long? you get it wet! you wash it everyday?)
The S5 class is my favorite... I know it's not nice to say that... but hey there are FIVE of them! That is much better then a class of 50-60 girls like my others. The reason I like it better is because I can make photo copies of the notes before class and hand them out for them to read over. (They do not always have books for certain subjects so students here really rely on EXACTLY what you tell them). This way they are somewhat familiar with the material and we can spend our 80 minutes a week actually going through problems and trying to understand the concepts as opposed to memorizing information. And its OCHEM! Yeah okay I give in I'm a nerd at heart....
Lastly on my plate is I am doing a Re-Useable Menstrual Pads Session with about 100-150 girls next weekend S1-S2. This program was started by a volunteer that just closed her service and I think it is one of the most useful and sustainable programs I have heard of. Sanitary pads are expensive here and not always available out in the village. Girls miss classes when they have their periods because of this. In addition there are a lot of misconceptions about reproductive health and safety, and in the class we talk about all of this too. In all, it involves a talk about reproductive health, a question and answer session, the making of the re-useable pads (made from school uniform material, cotton towel inserts, needle, thread and a button!) and directions on sanitation and cleaning. Another volunteer who has taken the lead here in country is coming to perform this first session with me and my counterpart. After that I am hoping to write a small grant so that I can hold sessions for the rest of the school and the community next term.
So that is what I have been up to... work work work. Thankfully I am getting to see some friends this weekend... I am a bit overdo for some crazy company with my favs who I miss so much!
That's all from The Bush this week!