The National Exams begin Monday so the students are busy studying for them. As a result, the community language classes had much lower attendance today. The beginning class had about twelve students and the advanced class had about ten. The beginning class reviewed introductions and the advanced class read “The Alligator River.” After reading and going over the story, the students individually ranked the characters. Tomorrow, they will debate and develop a ranking in groups. The students seemed to understand the story, though we had to go over some difficult vocabulary. They also appeared to have some strong opinions so I think tomorrow’s class will be very interesting.
The teacher training began with a discussion about music as it related to the teachers personally. The teachers were then equipped with example songs and activities for utilizing music in the classroom. Following this, they further practiced writing SWBATs and lesson plans by writing one that used music. The teachers seemed to enjoy the prospect of using music to teach English and it appeared to be a fairly new idea as all but one said they had never used music in class before. Afterwards, we introduced them to Content Based Instruction (CBI) and modeled it through a culturally relevant literature activity.
Tomorrow we will wrap up the literature activity and model various activities that the teachers can use in their classes. The electricity and water have been on and off all day but they are working right now. It has been lightening and thundering for a couple of hours which has been really nice. It has only been sprinkling but has cooled down significantly.