Friday, July 13, 2007

Last days,

Well it was been an experience teaching the kids at Sheepcare. I felt at times like I was talking to myself and that they must not be understanding or absorbing anything I was saying. The Class 5 science class was learning about modern food preservation techniques and all I could do was to read straight from the text book and make notes on the board. When I tried to get the class to interact and repeat what I had just said they all looked at me in stunned silence. I think maybe they are not use to that kind of interactive education. Their teach Jonas said I must be a very good teach because I covered so much material and they understood it all! In math they were learning about circles, but no one had a compass so I used a piece of string with chalk and had each student come up to the board to draw a circle with the string. My class with the Form 1's went better in my own mind. We covered capacity and unit conversion between volume and capacity. It took me about three attempts at one of the homework questions to realize that 1 decimetre^3 is equal to 1 litre. Duh! (slaps forehead).

Today one of our team members was sick so I took on one of her classes today with the Class 3s. It was an English class. I read a story from the textbook and went over the comprehension questions with them. That felt like pulling teeth! Only three students wanted to answer the questions. I didn't have time to fit in a class for the Form 1s, so I sat in on their history class. They were all giggling when I came in. I asked why they didn't giggle in my math classes. They had no answer. We had a pretty emotional good-bye though.

On the way back to the Hotel we stopped at the Yaya centre. It's just like a mall you'd find back home. I picked up some Jelly Baby's in the supper market there. Real JELLY BABIES too! Not those new fangled ones that you have to pay $5 for at the specialty candy stores but the real ones! Hmmmmmmm. Ahem. Sorry about that.

Tomorrow we set out for our safari trip. The day starts with our 7am departure followed by a five-hour drive on Kenyan "roads". Can't wait! We will get to see many African animals though, so really I am looking forward to it.

I'm running low on internet time so you may not hear from me for a while. I'll have to see what the access is like from where I stay in Egypt. Two more weeks and I'll be home! Ready to start wedding plans!


ghanima said...

Yay! Honest-to-goodness Jelly Babies! I know you've been searching for those since your stash from England ran out years ago, congratulations on the find!

I was beginning to wonder why you hadn't updated your blog recently. I'm glad to hear it's simply that your allotted time is running low. If you can make it on to catch this comment, know that you're loved and missed. :)

Caty said...

Duh...who doesn't know that 1 decimeter^3 equals 1 litre. ( Don't know when you'll read this but know that you're missed and we wish you safe travels. :) Have fun in Egypt!

MiraFabulous said...

Em - ENjoy my homeloand - remember telling them you're my friend WILL get you better treatment ;)

Have a great time, can't wait to see you when you get back!