teaching, learning and living around the world
Them: So you’re a teacher, what are you teaching here?
Me: Well… nothing really yet. I’m just learning for now.
So how exactly am I spending my days? My schedule until mid September will go something like this: Breakfast at 7, drive to town around 8, the Tungane School runs from 9:00 until noon (including what appears to be a whole hour for recess) then I have two hours to each lunch, study, do stuff on my computer, and then from 2:00 until 4:00 I have my Swahili lesson at the Amani Language Center. Between 4 and 5 we head back to the guest house, maybe go for a swim in Lake Kivu, and dinner is at 7.
In the morning at the Tungane School I have solely been observing. I usually take 4-6 pages of notes about the students, the teacher, what they’re doing, Swahili or French words I hear and want to learn, and lots and lots of questions. In the past few days I’ve observed lessons in mental math, written math, French vocabulary, French conversation, reciting stories, geometry (basic shapes), and reading and writing Swahili.
During “Recreacion!!!” (recess) I get to test out my Swahili skills on the kids, which is down right hilarious. They laugh at me and correct me with a big smile- and then I CRUSH THEM at dodgeball. (Okay not really, I’m still learning that too- but Madame Beatrice is pretty awesome at it- she’s the one who totally crushes them. haha)
In the afternoon, I get to walk six blocks away to my one on one Swahili lesson. The Amani Learning Center is another one room school with bright blue walls and a simple chalkboard in the middle. Yesterday we learned about basic pronunciation and vocabulary and today we’ll do greetings.
After teaching for three years, I have to say that being a mwanafunzi (student) again is so relaxing!! You don’t have to plan stuff in advance- you just show up, listen, follow, study and practice… I’m loving it. I’ll bring my camera in tomorrow and take some new photos.