I hadn't been sharp enough to plan an activity that was relevant to Women's Day with my students today. Instead, they decorated their own maps of Vietnam, followed by songs and games outside. The students chose a patriotic song to sing in keeping with the theme of celebrating their country through their drawings. The teacher who was translating for me interpreted the song as something like 'You only have one home town, just as you only have one mother. If you forget your home town you will never grow up...".
I made a few mistakes in my planning of the lesson today. Firstly, I had relied on the assumption that the children would share between each other. I had printed off ten sheets with maps of Vietnam to be cut out and used as stencils to draw an outline onto paper. I knew there may not be enough sheets for every child, but that this did not matter as one of a pair could do the cutting and then they could take turns to draw around the stencil. But the children were very upset by this arrangement and even though the Vietnamese teacher explained to them what I wanted them to do, those who weren't given a sheet seemed to take it as a personal affront and whined like baby birds. When we had passed this stage, however, it was a little easier, although I sensed that they weren't as interested in this task as others I have set before. But each mistake is a lesson learnt to help me improve the quality of the classes. At the end of the class Yen handed me her work, 'as a gift for Women's Day', the teacher told me.
|A notice in the playground to mark Women's Day|
|Sleepy children before the class started|
|I had eighteen students today|
|My suggestions for illustrations- finally had to reveal I'm not very good at drawing myself|
|Decorating the map of Vietnam|
|A nice design by Trang|
|The kids love 'duck duck goose'|