Dear Friends, Family and Followers!
My name is Sarah Schober and this is my first year in the Champions for Health Promoting Schools Program. I feel grateful to be able to be a part of this incredible program! I took the KPE 221 class at the University of Fraser Valley, which Dr. Joanna Sheppard said should help me prepare for the program. This course really helped me make lesson plans, learn different ways to teach, and learn many fun games to play with the students, such as Quiditch. KPE 221 provided me with more confidence in lesson planning and teaching.
I am grateful for this program since it has also taught me so much more than I could ever imagine, even within the first four days, and there is so much more I have yet to learn! For example, I am still trying to find my “teacher voice” in order to manage the students well. This process is slow, but it is improving every day. My teaching partners, Julia and Nick, and the teachers at my school, Jennings Primary, have all been a great encouragement to help me with my learning process!
Today was a great day! At Jennings Primary, we taught blocks of H.F.L.E. (health and family life education), which is a health class. This means we were teaching inside the classroom instead of outside. For each lesson we taught a certain life skill, and today our focus was responsibility. We taught students how to be responsible with their bodies by being physically active and staying clean by washing their hands. We read fun poems and had the students perform skits about germs and the students loved it! They always have so much energy and such huge smiles, running to greet us every morning! There may be difficulties that come with teaching, but when those moments come, they are the best moments to learn and improve!
After teaching today, we all got to watch a division one basketball game! It was so fun to go out as a team and watch the Antiguan teams play. It was a very intense and close game that had to go into overtime!
The little time I have spent here has been better than I could have imagined, with so many learning opportunities as well as opportunities to create meaningful relationships with my team and the students and teachers at my school! I look forward to the rest of my adventure here in Antigua, and I hope you do too!
“Promise me you’ll remember: You’re braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.” – A. A. Milne (Winnie the Pooh)