The teachers in the primary school (grades 1-6) asked if I would teach them English. I was thrilled that they asked! It is so much better when someone asks SewHope for something rather than SewHope telling others what they might need or want. To me, it is a matter of empowerment.
Jesus empowered those who wished to be healed with such words as: "What do you want me to do for you?" At first it seems like a crazy question. But it isn't.
The teachers broke themselves into two groups of six. They scheduled the class during the time of the children's recess and between the computer classes. So half the teachers are in English class and the others are watching the kids. Each has class once a week.
Today was the first day. It was so much fun! I prepared the lesson with a powerpoint. Not only was this easier for me and much easier to repeat for the second group, but hopefully the teachers will get an idea for another way to use technology as it becomes available.
I am hoping that the teachers and I will be able to teach English to their students next year following this same basic plan. This class will put the teachers one step ahead of their students and give them some confidence.
We started with the basic names and sounds of letters in English. We did away with taking notes and just used participation and repetition and games to practice the letters and sounds. I am learning how to teach English as I attempt to teach it. Hopefully along the way the experience will improve my Spanish as well.
Below are the first through third grade teachers. There are three sections of first grade, two of second grade and one of third grade. Starting from the far left: Isaias (2), Robin (1), Dora (3), Elder (1), Yovany (1), and Allan (2)
Sr. Pam Buganski
Sr. Pam joined SewHope as our first American Project Coordinator in 2012