Sr. Pamela Marie Buganski
“God is always talking to me when I am in Guatemala.”
The kids are enjoying their long annual vacation, but I am busy at work preparing for classes that begin again in January. I am not a classroom teacher as such. My hope is that I can assist the teachers of Purushila by providing supplementary materials for their classes.
Though we continue to try, we still have not been able to get a consistent, reliable, and strong enough internet signal in Purushila. I had been thinking and searching for months, when Anne mentioned an idea. Though tedius, it works!!
The director of the primary school in Purushila gave me copies of the curriculum for the summer, so I am basing my research on the specific topics that the teachers are to teach. Basically, I go on the internet from Santa Ana to find appropriate educational YouTube programs. I then use the video feature of a camera to video tape the program. I upload the program to my computer by category. I then transfer as many programs as I can to a single Dell computer which would be available to the children as individuals and to the teachers to use with the overhead projector for entire class instruction. Each of the computers will have some set of programs on it. The programs do not need the internet in order to run. My computer will have the full set of programs. I am also compiling a spreadsheet of the programs for the teachers.
Though this takes an abundance of time, I feel that the time is well worth it. The teachers have so few resources in their classrooms. This gives another method other than the human voice and the white board to present and practice a concept.
So far I have a set of videos that match the curriculum of what we could call Citizenship. Programs are appropriate for students from K4 through the third year Basico or 9th grade which is as high as the school in Purushila goes. I am not working on Mathematics.
Check out some samples below:
Sr. Pam Buganski
Sr. Pam joined SewHope as our first American Project Coordinator in 2012