To celebrate completing learning situation one and 3 quizzes during the first semester we had a coloring party. I photocopied a picture from my coloring book that I brought with me to Benin and they almost lost their minds. Also thank you Si-Asar family for the coloring pencils, this definitely would not have been possible without them. I was definitely not going to use my personal 24 pack 😝😝😝😝 JAMAIS! (never!) I also tried to play American music on my phone but it didn’t work too well. Apparently playing music off your phone in a class of 41 excited students is very different than playing it in an empty cement house with only one person in it lol
It’s hilarious how my students randomly clap for me
In 5eme I said today is a test review and we are going to have the actual test in 2 days… I got a standing ovation
We were learning vocabulary for music and I drew some stick figure drawings… I got a standing ovation
A kid lied about their age to me and I said, “it’s false” in french… I got a standing ovation
My 5eme class and I have warmed up to each other finally
One day in 5eme the kids kept talking when I was talking and a student gave me a very thick branch and told me I must hit them… I didn’t
My kids in 6eme think I will hit them because of how I move my hands to smack their copy books off their desk if they don’t hide their copy books after I tell them to hide their copy books.
All my classes like me which is pretty cool and heart warming
In 6eme one time a younger kid got too loud and one of the bigger kids tried to help manage by standing up and violently mushing them in the face… which was nerve racking to me
All the teachers (including me) drove 30 mins on motorcycle to visit the principal who still hasn’t been to school because of sickness
I know almost all the names of my 5eme class of 41 students
I almost cried when the accountant removed students during class because their school fees weren’t paid
One time I finished a lesson and we had 10 minutes remaining. Which was too little time to teach something but too much time to leave class without the administration raising their eyebrows at me. So I gave them the option to sing songs or ask me questions. I never had such engaged students asking me questions about English translations and if we ate pate or igname pilee in the USA
I gave my class 2 hours of punishment and afterwards they created a mob around me begging them to forgive me so I started shoulder dancing which distracted them long enough for me to exit the classroom during their confusion
6eme gets so excited to learn and participate that everyone tries to get called on even if they don’t know the answer
When asking if the students are finished copying the board, if everyone say no but two students say yes there’s a high probability that a verbal battle between yes and no will happen. During that time no students will be copying the board. Any steps you make toward the center of the class or chalkboard will be met with 6eme students yelling no no no not done in french out of sheer panick and the people who said yes getting hit by the no students.
Co-teaching 6eme went so smoothly!
English department meetings go over a lot of detail… too much detail…
The Beninese are really into order and a set way of doing things. Which has both pros and cons. Pro: a lot of detail and labeling easy to see who did what because everything is super transparent. Con: room for creativity decreases, time consuming and time wasting in others,.
Don’t let Beninese people look at your notes!! Especially if you don’t write everything verbatim and don’t have multiple titles on things.
I prefer 6eme over 5eme. Week 2 I already know.
Co-teaching 5eme was terrible and I realized that in my mind I’ll fight kids. I👏 DON’T👏 CARE👏