Hi family, friends, and followers of the Champions,
My name is Jasmine Haeberle and I am a first year in the Champions for Health Promoting Schools Program. I am graduating in June so being able to finish off my degree by being a part of this program is really special to me. I am teaching at Urlings Primary with my teaching partner Amy, and this week one other teacher (from the UFV teaching program) Sarah joined us and will be teaching with us for two weeks.
There was no school today (Thursday) because there was the Antigua and Barbuda Union of Teachers (a&but) 92nd Annual General Conference. We were able to attend and listen to the Director of the Union and the President of the Union speak. The President spoke about many things regarding the school system. One thing he mentioned at the beginning of his speech was that “every child can learn, just not in the same way or on the same day.” I could tell how passionate the President is about wanting to be able to provide both the teachers and the students the support that is needed for the schools in Antigua. We then went for lunch and went shopping in town at the local market area for a few hours. After, we came back to the Inn to get ready for our evening.
In the evening, we participated in the 4th Annual Talent Show at the American University of Antigua that was hosted by Victory Centre as a fundraiser. Students that attend Victory have different disabilities and it was great to see all their amazing talents and skills that they have been working on. We had a really fun time showing off our talents and fantastic dance moves as well. We performed 3 different acts; The Circus, Eye of the Dribbler, and our finale Evolution of Dance. The group of students from Victory sang, danced, and one former student played the guitar. It was a great way to see the community come together for this school.
I have been fortunate to be in the Kinesiology program at UFV as there are pedagogy courses that I have taken that have helped me prepare for this trip. One course that really helped me when creating lesson plans was taking KPE 302, with Dr. Joanna Sheppard, this past September. Taking this course before entering into the program helped me to have a better understanding of how to prepare for a lesson. Another course, also taught by Dr. Sheppard, is KPE 221, which I learned about the importance of fundamental movement skills (FMS).
I feel that I have learned a lot in such a short time and I can only imagine how much more I will learn and grow from my fellow champions and my teaching partners. We have 2 more weeks to go. I am going to continue to have an open mind when teaching, and continuing to go with the flow if something doesn’t go as planned, and know that it is okay as long as the students are still having fun.
I want to thank our fearless leader Dr. Joanna Sheppard for creating this wonderful program and for all the hard work she puts in every single day to help this program to continually succeed.
“Time is precious my friends. Those who journey can easily understand, the more they see the more they’ll learn, the more they will be.”
– Brendan James, “All I Can See”