Thursday was our third day teaching. It was also over 90 degrees that day. It was really hot and although we had gotten to cool off the day before at the river near Mary’s house today we were not so fortunate. Lesson planning had taken over the day. We thought longingly of jumping off the bridge of la pechuga-the river that ran through the town, it translates into english as chicken breast, named because of it’s shape- into the deep, cool water instead of sweating away in the heat lesson planning. But we were just starting to get into the groove so we continued onwards, producing some awesome lessons!
Devin, Addie, Mike, and Stef created a pretend hike in an effort to get their students prepared for the hike that would take place at the end of the trip. They also covered water cycles and introduced vocabulary so their students could talk about different climates, ecotourism, cloudforests, and diverse habitats.
Hailey, Daniel, Ben, and Ariel had not been able to have a full class the day before due to a mixup in the schedule at San Isidro’s school so today they taught the lessons they had prepared for Wednesday and got an extra long teaching day so they could introduce textures, review animals, and continue preparing their students for the hike next week.
Mason, Louisa, Caitlin, and I used stories about cleaning up rivers to test student’s vocabulary, introduced them to the bugs that they may see on the walk, reviewed location words, and had them create simple sentences using the vocabulary on the senses that they learned yesterday. Planning new and different games for them to learn and review is certainly challenging but seeing them have so much fun while learning is more than worth it!
After a long day of planning and teaching we got to drink some fresh guanaba juice. It is very delicious, slightly sour and tangy, the fruit is also sometimes known in english as soursop, but it tastes way better than it’s name! The fruit that they used to make the guanabana juice was right out in the backyard, next to the green mango tree a momma sloth and it’s baby liked to hang out in. Sloths are the coolest! Two of our teams definitely agreed, as they named themselves after the adorable fuzzy friends that week.
The moral of today was: It was really hot in costa rica today but it still managed to be the coolest place to teach!
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.