today was our first day teaching classes!
we taught teenagers from 12-2 and adults from 730-930. i finally have some sort of a handle on what i’m doing now that we’ve actually gone through an entire day of teaching and i’ve remembered that yes, indeed, i do know how to do this. i had been feeling very inadequate from mid-may till now, just knowing there are so many ways to teach english effectively and knowing i didn’t have a lot of experience. i was thankful, though, because that caused me to consistently remember nothing i do on this trip is of my own volition. it’s all Jesus.
we started the day with a prayer walk. we left the muhas at around 930 and prayed aloud as we walked around the neighborhood. i had never done a prayer walk before, and it was good and stretching to meet God in that way.
after that we went over to the sala – which just means “room” but somehow sounds more specific than that – where we would be teaching the teenagers, to set up and figure out how we were going to organize the two hours during which we were teaching them.
i prayed as we walked that we would have the grace and the flexibility for when the Lord messed up our plans, because we knew it would happen, but that we would far rather have His mess, so to speak, than our micromanaging. and sure enough, our plans didn’t go the way we’d planned, but that’s what happens with teaching in general; it’s a constant reevaluation and readjustment to where your students are and what works best for them and their learning styles.
we started out with bingo, an activity that would be easy for them to join as they entered at different times.
after that we split into two groups and discussed their families. our theme for the day was all about the students and their families, so they could learn to introduce themselves and we could get to know them better.
after that we joined back together and played a game with balloons. everyone gets one, and you have to try to keep it off the floor.
this is my mom explaining the game:
this is them playing the game:
this is them sharing what their strategy was for keeping the balloons off the ground:
after that we split into groups again for more discussion, and also for the creation of what my mom calls a team chant. we had to pick two descriptors using our initials and turn it into a song/chant.
then we presented them.
our group decided to base our song off the melody to “o happy day”:
my memory card ran out of room in the middle of the other group’s presentation, so this video is from when they were practicing:
after that we had lunch at aurora’s home. aurora and her family attend the church at which the muhas and the macmillans work. two of her daughters were at the english classes we offered for los jóvenes (young people) and aurora came to our evening classes for the adults.
it was delicious. she made salad, fish, and rice. i’m allergic to most seafood, so she cooked me a turkey burger instead and it was so good.
after that we went over to the restaurant, where we’re holding the evening classes, to prepare and to teach. i don’t have any pictures from here – we were all busy teaching and/or facilitating, plus i was told spaniards are pretty reluctant to have their pictures taken – but i was excited to see that as we were planning and adjusting the restaurant had my favorite show on:
props if you know what it is!