Kathy and Jackline, one of the graduating students
Well I have been here now for a semester and my first two groups of students have “graduated” from special Programme (as I teach two different groups on alternate weeks I have two groups each semester). It has been a learning curve for me and I hope that in the meantime I have been able to teach them something! I have plans for improving the programme for second semester, partly by identifying needs early on and targeting these needs as, not surprisingly, there are a range of abilities, and as with all classes, the challenge is to help all students experience success and feel engaged. We had a “graduation party” for both classes and the students were given a certificate. There will also be new volunteers arriving as others have finished so the second half of the year will be quite different to the first half! I am building a resource folder which includes an outline of a programme. (there have been other very useful resources left behind by previous volunteers but nothing that outlines a detailed programme connected to the themes we cover, so that’s what I thought I’d focus on). I hope that by the end of my two years I am able to leave behind something that will be useful to others.
P.S It was rather gratifying to be greeted after being away travelling for 3 weeks to be greeted by some of the local children with the Collingwood chant I have taught them!