For the sixth grade group our first day in front of a class started bright and early. We awoke at 6:45 to meet and go over lesson plans before leaving for the school at about 8:30. That day the plan was for each of us to teach a 30-minute game. As we arrived our mentor Amanda told us not to worry our only goal for the day was not to die faint or, if at all possible, bleed in front of the class, if we succeeded in those things our first day of teaching would be a success. The teaching day began with name games lead by Amanda and Daniel and then progressed through all of our lessons. I went first and taught left right go stop quickly and slowly in a game where the kids blindfolded a partner and led them around with the new words.
Ariel taught wide-angle vision and colors with a perfusion of I spy activities. Daniel taught numbers culminating in a telephone number game and Hailey taught animals using stuffed creatures and charades. All in all none of us bled, fainted or died and the kids seemed to have fun so it went pretty well. We returned to the center and had lunch before the entire class got together and attended a teaching workshop with the trainers. We then split into individual groups and received feedback. Then, while the other groups taught their first lessons we got together and planned for the next day.
12 students from Marlboro College came to our school to teach English to local children and young adults. Their project is to teach "Environmental English" so that at the end of the 8 day course the students can take a hike and talk about nature (in English) and do activities on the trail that help them develop their awareness of tropical river ecology. Our town, San Isidro de Peñas Blancas has created the River walk to raise awareness of environmental issues affecting our area.