Being in a leadership position as a counselor/teacher at Chicos and Kids in Colombia gave me a sense of purpose. It made me feel older and wiser; as someone who the kids looked up to.Read More
Stephanie was recently announced a 2015 Peace First Prize finalist for her work with Chicos and Kids. Her peacemaking work has been recognized nationally along with twenty-six other young peacemakers.Read More
I originally planned on the last day of class to be Tuesday, but since the children had no school on Monday and the principal allowed them to come in anyways, we combined both classes into one. In the first two hours of class I planned on having our last lesson.Read More
Today's lesson was crammed with A LOT of information! I let the students know before hand to stay alert and pay attention.
After our usual Good Morning Song and short review, we quickly got into learning the family members. I learned a tad bit myself in this lesson and from the children!Read More
Most of today's class consisted of hair: hair types, lengths and colors.
We incorporated "I have" to create more sentences! Each student was assigned to construct an accurate sentence of what type of hair they had. Fortunately, everyone had a paper that they used as a reference which included the different hair types, lengths and colors. They could all use a break from taking notes!Read More
Today was our third day of class already! Three days down, three more to go.
As for every class, we began with a short review. Having been taught a lot yesterday, there was a large quantity that was reviewed, so every person got the chance to go up to the board to match words or fill in the blanks at least twice.Read More
It's 7:30 a.m. but I am wide awake and the children are ready to learn.
After the Good Morning Song and a short review of yesterday's first lesson, we jumped right into learning something new-verbs. I had a handful of verbs translated for them, but I also gave them the opportunity to ask me what verbs they wanted to know that I had not mentioned. The asking could have gone on forever!Read More
A second mission I vow to achieve. . . . .
From my grandmother's house in Jutiapa, Guatemala, from my fathers side, we traveled to Huehuetenango, Guatemala, where my second grandmother lives, from my mother's side. Upon arriving, my grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins were so enthusiastic about me teaching English classes! It really helped by giving me confidence and reassurance of teaching another English class.Read More
Today was our final day of class. . .
I was filled with several different emotions; from sadness, to pure relief, to gratitude and pride.
Today's final day consisted of a large review, from the first day of class to yesterday's lesson, from simple colors, to creating complex sentences. I was so pleased with how they knew everything from the start!Read More
Today was our last real lesson so I wanted to cram in as much information in their heads as possible! I knew each student was capable to understand and learn all I threw at them with just a little practice after introducing it.Read More
We got back on track after our weekend and continued with our lesson.
Luck was back on our side and we had a classroom at the school to teach in! I was so thankful because teaching on the small white board was more time consuming, having to wait for the children to finish writing down the translation before erasing and continuing on with the next.Read More
Again, I was not left the key to the classroom but the classes must go on!
As usual, our English classes began with the "Good Morning Song". The kids were getting the hang of it and singing along more than the previous two days. They had no shame in shouting out, "good morning!"Read More
I unfortunately did not have access to the classroom of the school due to the teacher forgetting to leave a key for me. I was given these news about 10 minutes before the class was about to begin and I started to get worried about what was going to happen.Read More
I was very surprised to find myself more excited to begin teaching than I was nervous. . .Read More
Today was bittersweet. Although this was the last day of hard work, it was also the end of seeing all of my students play and learn together. The day started off with a full attendance and everyone was ready to learn.Read More
Today was a very different day. Today was the day that I was truly impressed and inspired by the thoughts of my students.Read More
With drops of blood (literally) and sweat shed today, I think it is safe to say that it was an eventful day.Read More
The day began a humid and sunny day in La Mesa. Navigating along the bumpy and dirt road to the Francisco Julian Olaya school, only five minutes away from my grandparents house.Read More