Friday, November 26, 2010

LIfe in Fiji

I don't have very many pictures this week, but I wanted to share a few of the things that went on this past week.  I have been supervising a student teacher at the primary school her name is Vika.  She is working in a 1st Grade classroom.  I spent a few days with her this week and had some fun with the kids in the class.  Below is a picture of the children reading.

This is Vika, the sweet girl that is the student teacher.

The Primary School is also getting a computer lab.  They are the first church primary school to have a computer lab, so everyone is excited about that.  Some of the things about the school are so different than in the U.S.  Mike was watching the boys play rugby on the playground.  The kids in the US would NEVER be allowed to play as roughly as they do here.  (I tried to put the video on the blog, of the rugby, but it wouldn't load.)

We have been mainly in our office the last few weeks getting the lessons ready for our class, Content Area Literacy that starts on Monday, November 22.  It has been hard because we basically have to develop 8, 4 hour lessons from a book on the subject.  It has taken a lot of time, but we have put our heads together and hopefully it will be beneficial to the teachers.

 Then, we also are going to teach a class on Study Skills and vocabulary for 14 returned missionaries who will be going to BYU Hawaii in January.  This came about after talking to one of the Brothers in our ward.  He says many of the missionaries who go to college in the states end up flunking out because they are not prepared academically for the rigors of college.  So we are going to try and help them out.

Last night we went to a dinner over at the church.  When we first got there, I was afraid there wasn't going to be much food because there were 3 dishes of food on the table.  But about 25 minutes later (they call it Fijian time) they started bringing out food, plates and plates of food.  We had everything from pizza to fish baked in coconut milk.  The funniest part was there was not any silverware!  Everyone just ate with their hands and no one seemed to think twice about it.  Well it does save on clean up.

1 comment:

  1. Sounds like things are really progressing. I'm sure they appreciate it very much. I think it is wonderful you are going to help out the college kids, too. Sounds like they really need it.
    Keep up the hard work, Love you guys!