This week started in a fun way. The school board I am working for, RKCS (Rooms Katholiek Centraal Schoolbestuur), celebrated their 50th birthday. We have the same age. 🙂
We started the week with a scavenger hunt. It was a fun day with great views and great colleagues, Edgar Palm (principal), Magali Felipa (Dutch teacher), Cedric Manuela (Math teacher). Here are some pictures of the day.
This week I had a presentation for all the directors of primary schools (27) of our school board. They wanted to know what small changes they could implement to have better results with their math teaching. I talked about a teaching model that could be used and stressing out that it is important that the children speak during class. Talk about the subject at hand. Ask a question, tell about something related. Therefore the teachers should ask the right questions to trigger the children.
In High School, it is of eminent importance that de pupils know how to express themselves in both Papiamento and Dutch. You have to know how to express yourself verbally and in writing before you can express yourself in Math.
Since teaching at a High School again I see a lot of challenges. Some I can handle but others are more difficult or can not be solved by one person alone; I think. Some of the challenges are related to the attitude/behavior of the pupils and some are related to language challenges we have on the island.
Wow, I got nice news today. The Table Tennis Federation wants to nominate me for the most outstanding adult female player. They asked me if I have a table tennis CV. I thought of it once, I think I started one, but never finished it so now it is the time.
In the past, I did other sports to help my table tennis, like weight lifting and running. Now I am into martial arts (well parts of it) that can have a positive impact on my game. It is striking how many resemblances there are between the two sports. The same mistakes I make in table tennis are the same things I have a problem with when doing the exercises of martial arts. Learning the movements in the first training I felt far from graceful. You would think that I have practiced so many sports, danced ballet for 10 years, that a new movement wouldn’t be that difficult. Well, it is.
Let me finish up this week. Looking forward to the week ahead!