For me, I feel like my classes we exceptionally better than the year before. Which is good, because summer school is where I gain most of my street credit with the parents, allowing me to ask for favors throughout the rest of the school year. The parents love that my summer classes are free. They usually expect to pay for such services and have to send their kids to Caraz (Most can't afford it, and therefore don't think summer education is an option).
As for this year, I broke the kids up into small groups based on age and academic skill level, and then taught 4 days a week 9am to 5pm with a two hour lunch break (1-3pm). The first group, the reading group, was my most
At 10:45 the little bit bigger kids (ages 9-13) showed up for English and Chess classes. I've grown very fond of chess, as it's a great tool to teach kids things like: planning, taking turns, following rules/directions, pattern recognition, confidence, and sportsmanship. In fact, thanks to how well this group took to chess, I've decided to start a Yuracoto chess club (shout out to Mr. Gilbertson, Herb, and the Octopus).
After lunch, was my big kids (ages 12-19), and we focused mainly on English; however, it interesting how charlas (chats) about alcoholism, bullying (shout out to Kyle "The Story of Kyle" ...a good story, even if it might be fiction), and taking care of the planet seemed to get slipped into the fold of English verbs, the simple future, etc.
In my reflections on this year's summer school, I'm happy with the results. This year was better, as I had a following from last year to build upon, I broke up the classes into small groups, and I took the intuitive to make a copy of the classroom key (instead of waiting for the director to show up everyday late, or sometimes not at all). Also I feel like I got the taste of what a small school/one-room school teacher felt (feels) like (shout out to Margret Farrell). It's not easy, but it's definitely fun to work with all the kids.
And now some visual aids:
Here are the kids making their own chess boards:
|The kids making their chess boards.|
|Milagros (bottom left), age 5, was way to young for this class, but she didn't think it was fair that her brothers, Jesus and Junior, got to make a chess board and she didn't... so we struggled along.|
|The final product.|
|Starting with red, blue, and yellow, the kids successfully made purple, green, and orange.|
|Beatriz putting the rubber bands on her shirt.|
|L to R: Beatriz, Yeferson, Junior, and Anali.|
|Yefer and few shirts drying.|
|Yefer's shirts are on the left, mine are on the right.|
Here's a video I made after our movie night got washed out by heavy rains (we watched UP!).