I also wanted to update you on a couple of the prayer requests I posted at the beginning of the year. One was to work more closely with my Namibian colleagues, and that’s been happening! Unlike last year, we have an HOD (head of department) who is really good about checking up on us and seeing if all the classes in the same grade are doing the same work. This has forced us to coordinate much better than we did last year. Also, during another teacher’s absence, I am team-teaching her class with another teacher. All of this is sometimes frustrating, but I think it’s for the best.
Also, I asked for prayer regarding getting to know my kids and really being there for them. This past week we were given forms to fill out with each of our kids, so I’ve been having one on one conversation with them, which is great. I’ve also been reading Lemony Snicket’s Series of Unfortunate Events to my register class, which they really enjoy. =) Every morning they ask, “Can’t miss read the story?”
I’ve also had good conversations with some of my best reading learners – the ones who have read every book for reading club and are always asking for more. As those of you who know me might guess, I can really relate to those kids and enjoy talking with them. They are some of the few who dream big because their imaginations are so much wider than many other kids.
There’s one learner in my register class who is also now part of French and Reading club. She does such a great job! Even though she says it’s difficult, she perseveres and her pronunciation is even better than many of the other kids. And she’s only in grade 8!