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First (teaching) day of Model School

Posted by Thryn on July 21st, 2008 filed in Model School, Training

Bienvenue dans la Salle Informatique
Bienvenue dans la Salle Informatique

Today was the first day the trainees taught at Model School after a week of observing classes taught by Cameroonians and current PCV’s. This morning I taught 4eme (A) and 1ere and Gabe taught 4eme (B) and 2nde, all francophone classes. The kids were much better behaved than I expected them to be. That might be because I told them that if they chat in class, they won’t touch a computer this week and the lab on Thursday will be cancelled. The 1ere students, which are a little older, were more picky about my French spelling when I wrote on the board.

The teacher of the day award has to go to Gabe though. Since each of us is teaching one of the two sections of 4eme, we prepared the same lesson (formatting cells in excel) for both 4eme A and B for today. When I went into class this morning, the 4eme students had not yet been divided into the two sections. Another teacher told me that the proviseur and censeur would arrive soon to divide the class, so I began the lesson. However, they never came to divide the class, because they were apparently occupied with an unexpectedly locked classroom door during the first period. So after I finished teaching the lesson, they then divided the class and sent the 4eme B section to their separate classroom.

I found Gabe during the class break and told him that I had bad news. I had just taught the lesson we had prepared for today, to the entire 4eme class because they never came to divide them, so he had about 5 minutes to come up with a new lesson plan (in French of course) to teach to 4eme B who now unexpectedly will have two hours of Informatique today instead of just one. He improvised quite well and he said the kids behaved themselves nicely! I was so proud of him, being able to entirely improvise a computer lesson in our second language on the first day of teaching. Bravo Gabe!


13 Responses to “First (teaching) day of Model School”

  1. Bea Says:
    July 21st, 2008 at 5:23 pm

    that’s because he rocks, obviously! cool first day of classes!!

  2. DAD Says:
    July 22nd, 2008 at 6:19 am

    It does not suprise us at all that both of you did well your first day under unforseen circumstances. Way to go Gabe for improvising so well. Keep up the great work.

    Love and prayers always

    Dad and Terry

  3. dewey Says:
    July 23rd, 2008 at 6:18 pm

    I’m impressed by Gabe, too! And you!

  4. Tripp Says:
    July 23rd, 2008 at 9:23 pm

    Gabe is my HERO!

  5. Prêt à Voyager Says:
    August 1st, 2008 at 1:47 pm

    Teaching already! Very impressive!

    Anne

  6. kevin Says:
    August 12th, 2008 at 11:22 pm

    gabe you are awsome. i want to have your baby
    kevin

  7. Thryn Says:
    August 19th, 2008 at 9:06 am

    Get in line!

  8. Gabe Says:
    September 2nd, 2008 at 5:46 pm

    Merci beaucoup, mes amis!

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