This past Friday concluded my forth week of teaching. It feels good to be finally be doing what I came here to do.
I’m teaching English and life skills to grades 5,6, and 7. I teach about 24 hours a week. I’m lucky in that I have small class sizes. I have a class of 15, a class of 21, and a class of 32. I feel for the other volunteers who have classes anywhere from 40-70 students.
I’m teaching in a primary school so kids have the same teachers for all subjects. I just come in for 40 or 80 mins to teach my lesson and then go to the next class. The peace corps ideal is a co-teaching relationship with the class teachers and my teachers all work well with me. They stay in class and help out when students are having trouble understanding what I want. It took some adjusting to figure out where kids were at and what they needed from me as their teacher. Slowly I’m getting into the groove of things.
In theory all subjects besides Sesotho are supposed to be taught in English. And for the most part it does happen in the higher classes. When I teach it’s always in English, because I barely speak Sesotho. I just throw in the occasional ‘mamella’ to get them to quiet down.
The voulenteer at this site before me built 2 classrooms and set up this library. My secondary project has a lot to live up to.
On March 6th our school will compete in a track meet with 7 other schools in the area. So for the past few weeks the class 7 teacher has been leading running practice after school with the help of the other teachers. It makes me miss swim practice. Especially on the hot days standing in the sun, I’d rather be in a pool.
Last weekend I went to a lodge in Katse, Thaba Teska for a peace corps workshop. It was near the Katse damn and very beautiful.