I have the following teaching schedule:
Monday: Grammar 9th grade 1.5 hours 67 students / PE 9th grade 45 min 80 students / 7 pm student fellowship
Tuesday: Literature 8th grade 1.5 hours 64 students / PE 8th grade 45 min 50 students / missionary team meeting dinner
Wednesday: Grammar 9th grade 1.5 hours / University bible study 20 students led by teammates the skinners
Thursday: Grammar 9th grade 1.5 hours / PE 8th grade 45 min 70 students / bible study for 8th and 9th graders at my house
Friday: I farm.
The classrooms hold a lot of students. I have one blackboard, and we do all work out of the books that the three prefects have to go collect from the library and take back after every class. No storage space in the rooms. Just the ceiling, open windows, and the three-to-a-desk benches.
I have found many amazing differences in Ugandan students:
- it is a boarding school, but they a natural respect for teachers to a double degree more than any student ive taught in the states. that can’t be all boarding school taught
- many are sponges eating up whatever you say
- they always laugh at my jokes, even the bad ones!
- many want my contact information to, in their words, “casually converse after class.”
- they have vivid imaginations and are very creative
- since they aren’t corrupted by so much television, their attention to books is twice as strong. literacy is amazing.
- however, boys will be boys, now that the american effect is waring off, they are getting cheeky.
Teachning Animal Farm is great at this point in history. If you haven’t read it, its only 80 pages and is moderately entertaining. The animals rebel against their farmers and kick them out of the farm. then a communist government is set up among the animals so all will be equal and receive the same food and work. except the pigs, who are more intelligent, begin to govern with corruption. they use dogs to expel animals who don’t agree with them, they sleep in beds, they sleep later, and take all the milk and apples. when other animals confront them, they get the dogs. This is the book you need to read if you want a working understanding of communism: it’s good idea, in theory, but it’s terrible practicality and lack of freedom.
And yes, we do pushups in PE.