Today Jen wasn't feeling well so it was just Nora and I. Our lessons went really well! For science with P4 last week we talked about frogs and toads so today we read a book about amphibians. After discussing a few different kinds of amphibians we had them write facts on little cards to hang up in the room. This also helped us gauge the students' understanding because it's like pulling teeth to get the P4 students to respond to us. We aren't sure if this is due to our accents or if they are all just shy or bored. I'm guessing it be the latter because they don't seem any more enthusiastic when Deo is teaching them either. We also taught P4 SST., which is similar to Social Studies or History. We taught the students about the seven continents and pointed them out on the globe. We also showed them where Africa and Uganda were asked them to name other countries in Africa. Then we talked about how we come from the US and showed them where that was too. After our lesson the students modge- podged pictures of Africa. They turned out really well, except for the two students who modge-podged the back of the paper and now have a backwards Africa. We also asked the students about Kampala, the capital of Uganda. I felt really guilty because the six of us are planning a trip to Kampala and Jinja in a couple weeks and none of the P4 students have ever been there.
Nora and I were given a bit of a shock today when the P3 teacher slapped one of his students today during P.E. It made us both cringe and then he kicked the kid out the circle later when he started crying. We asked Sister Edith about it later at dinner. She said some of the teachers have students in the school, but P3 doesn't. Technically the teachers aren't supposed to hit the students, but it isn't uncommon. Sister Edith was surprised when we told her in the US you would, at the very least, be fired. That will definitely be one aspect I find extremely difficult to deal with. Nora and I both think we are going to end up being the white girls who comfort the kids when they start crying.
The teacher in Jen's classroom has been gone because her brother was in a bad accident so Sister Edith and Gertrude, the aide teacher who helps in my classroom sometimes, have been stepping in to substitute. Sister Stella was recently informed that the P1 will not be returning so Gertrude has been promoted as the new P1 teacher. Sister Stella hired a new teacher to aide in Nursery Baby class. Her name is Eugenia and she will be staying at the convent until her staff house at the school is ready. I attempted to teach her how to do a Sudoku puzzle today and then after dinner when she was trying to learn our names she kept asking which person was her teacher.