Our time at La Salle is at an end. On our last day of school we all gave presents to each of our students and said our goodbyes to the faculty and students at the school. I took time during the last exam to walk around the school for a final time and take some pictures of the campus. I'm really going to miss this school, and all the wonderful children here. I hope to come back one day and see my friends at La Salle again.
On Thursday we toured the University of La Salle after our morning in the classroom. The university was beautiful and very modern. Much of the campus is designed to pattern various aspects of the culture and the campus architecture reflects the layout of historical cities such as Monte Alban. We were slightly amazed (and jealous) when we learned that attending this wonderful university only costs around 3,000 pesos a month (close to $250 American dollars). Plus 70% of their students are on scholarships! SO AWESOME!
We went back to the school and played basketball against the Secondary School team. With a lot of help from a few of their players, we were able to hold our own! (Although afterward we all collapsed).
Today at school we played Hokey Pokey with students, Alive Awake Alert Enthusiastic, The Frog Song, and She'll Be Coming 'Round the Mountain! Every student between grades 1 and 6 joined in and it was awesome to see everyone having a great time! My next lesson will be this Friday at 9:30am. For this lesson I'm doing a cultural lesson about a topic connected with Michigan. I'm considering doing something on the winter in Michigan and possibly including winter sports. All the students are awed by the idea of snow and how cold they imagine Michigan must be! I can't wait to work with th
Today I had my first lesson at La Salle, and I was thrown for a loop when school started. We arrived at the school about 7am in order to hang with the students before school started at 7:30am. Well I was in the classroom as students began arriving, and 7:30 came, and went . . . without my teacher arriving! After several minutes of waiting a student came up to me and said, "Teacher, I don't think Mr. Ruben is coming today."
Well after a few more minutes Norma (my CMU professor) and one of the school administrators came by and said that Ruben would not be here and asked if I would be alright working with a substitute. Since I already had a lesson planned for the day, I taught the first two hours of the school day! I taught Reading and Writing on the topic of explorers and exploration.
The lessons went really well, and I was really happy to see students engaging in the cooperative learning strategies and discussions. At the end of the lesson each student wrote in their journal on how they are an explorer and what they most want to explore. Perhaps the best part was that each student was able to have time to converse in English and comprehend topics
I'm getting to know the kids in my classroom and starting to memorize most of their names (I currently know about 3/4 of the students by name). I should have all their names memorized by the end of tomorrow, not bad considering I only see them for 3 and a half hours each day.
I've quickly realized how Total Physical Response (TPR) is extremely important when working with students who have a different primary language. I'm constantly use hand gestures, actions, and visuals in order to explain ideas to the students. The students themselves are wonderful! They're very relaxed and comfortable around everyone, and at the same time the are FULL of energy. Today Spencer, Zach, and I played Fútbol at the 10:30am recess when we first arrived at school. We managed to hold our own, of course that was just with 4th and 5th graders!
Today was our first day of school!! I'm in a 5th grade class with Mr. Rúben and the students are all incredibly excited to meet us. The kids all have a million questions and they want to know everything about our lives as quickly as possible. :)
Though the day was hectic, it was wonderful to feel so welcomed by the students and faculty at La Salle. I can't wait to get to know the students better and work with them for in depth!
Our first day in La Salle started with a tour of the school (led by 9th grade students) and meeting the faculty that we will be working with over the coming weeks. I'm working with Mr. Ruben in the 5th grade, and I'll be starting tomorrow morning! I can't wait to meet the students!