Earlier I posted about arriving in Namibia to teach in 2012, now I want to talk about the strategy I used while I was there. They said it was the “lowest performing school in the region” blah blah, but they also said I achieved the most, more than anyone, past or present, while I was there. Why? I don’t believe in looking at circumstances as the final say, I look at it to determine a strategy. Information is information, whether it’s good or bad, it’s what you do with it that counts. Hearing that they were the “lowest performing” was just information, non-important information by the way. I know what they wanted me to believe, and I proved everyone wrong, including the students themselves. Any Black child in my presence will achieve, that’s it. Enjoy this post about my teaching strategy in Namibia! It has not been edited. (The picture is a picture of 4 of my actual students).
I must admit, lesson planning for high school students is a bit tougher than I thought, especially when I teach computers to grades 8-12. Grade 10 really enjoys my lessons, then I found out that in Namibia, Grade 10 is the most important grade in school. My learner told me why but I couldn’t understand everything he told me, so I’ll confirm with another person. Interactive learning I see is the best approach no matter what grade whether big or small. I find that after I explain things, going around and asking the students to demonstrate what I’ve done helps them a lot better. A lot of these classes have over 30 students so I have to be creative so I can have their full attention. I find that grade 11 and 12 enjoy my lessons but they want to do more fun things on the computer. I’d love to do many more fun things too but from what I’ve heard from the learners, past volunteers have had a little too much fun with them, and they did not learn much about computers. So I chose to be stern with them concerning the lessons I will teach so that they can gain the most out of the time that I am here. All in all, I think that the progress made so far is impressive, when a learner tells you everything you taught them word for word two days after the lesson, it is the most amazing joy. I have to remember that they use British English here in Namibia, so when I talk sometimes they don’t know what I’m trying to say. One day I was translating to them what they should type and one student said “miss, is there a full stop?” I had no idea what he was talking about, then after a few minutes of that whole figuring out stage, I realized they were talking about a period at the end of a sentence. Lol. I must say my job here is an interesting one , I’m learning so much! After all, I hope the learners are learning just as much from me. One thing is they learn very quickly, as I said they speak British English, the only thing that may slow me down is the fact that some words I say they don’t understand, but once I adapt to their language and talk like them, and they understand me, after that it’s golden, we continue with the lesson. That’s what it’s all about!
I have to add, a learner just came in on his free time to type his assignment and he used all the functions I taught them the other day without even asking for help, made my day 😀