Note From Class

As I mentioned in my last entry I have started teaching a computer class at a local school. All my kids are very excited to learn about computers. Overall it's a lot of fun.

During the second class period (the first is devoted to learning the names of all the parts of a compuuter, 'This is a mouse.') I have my students write one phrase. During the class I use the example phrase 'Hi. How are you?' In writing that sentence I teach kids how to use caps, lower-case, periods, spaces, and question marks. When the kids write their own sentences they usually copy exactly what we did and write the 'Hi. How are you?' My older kids usually finish this assignment quickly and want to do something more.

I have 8 working computers in my classroom (a few are out of order at the moment thanks to dust and humidity... that's what you get for living south of the Sahara!). I usually have to put 2 to 3 kids on each computer and have them rotate through after writing their sentence.

Last week I had a group of 4 or 5 girls that ended up all writing their sentence, one after the other, and finally creating a letter to me. Every time they would finish one sentence they would giggle, call me over, look up as I read the sentence, then go back to write another. When they were finished writing the letter I read it and decided I had to post it.

Here is the letter that they wrote to me. (NOTE: All Peace Corps Volunteers in my country take a local name. It's usually given the first day at post. Mine happened to be given to me by the cashier at the government water dept as I was getting my water turned on. I am known here as Ismael.)

Hello Ismael how are you. How old are you. Have you many wafe? Have you many childrens? Your wafe is my sister. Where do you came from? Where do you live? What do like?
GOOD BYE

Maybe someday I will respond to them. But for the moment I need to figure out which of their sisters is my supposed wife!

Until next time.

13 comments:

Gary said...

I'd like to know about the wafe as well. We would like to know if the students were writing in English or French? Don't you teach in French? Also, does everybody know you as Ishmael? I don't understand how one Old Testament name, Ishmael, is somehow more local than another Old Testament name, Aaron, unless Togo is predominantly Muslim, in which case, you could have been Mohammad. Does anyone know you as Aaron?

Great post, great story, by the way. And I think you may have a front runner for the first line of your memoirs: "Around here I'm known as Ishmael." Thanks for your fun, interesting, picturesque writing.

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Anonymous said...

Funny story indeed Ishmael.Teaching is a great art.
Computers have a way with words and people.Pol the Computer Man

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