When school started I taught only the three grade nine English classes, about a week after, I was given the grade nine BIS classes, about two weeks later, I get the three grade ten BIS classes. The English classes meet every day, and the BIS classes each meet once per week. There are forty two periods in week, I'm teaching twenty one, so it's a comfortable schedule for me.
In Namibia students are put together into a class, for example, we have approximately ninety grade nine learners at our school and they've been placed into three classes the A's, B's, and C's. The classes are together all year and rotate between subjects each day. Sometimes they'll split for subjects they can choose that aren't core subjects, like design and technology and accounting. It's typical that the best learners are in the A class, and so on.
I teach kids that have a broad range in ability and knowledge for the subject, which makes tailoring lessons to everyone a challenge. Some learners will understand pronouns in one class period, others could take a week before they really grasp how to use pronouns in their writing/speaking. Once I introduce a lesson, I try to build that same lesson in some small way into all my following lessons as review, otherwise, it will be forgotten. Which brings me to the end of term exam, which I just finished preparing, the exam will be an opportunity to gauge how well the learners are doing, but also just important, gauge how well I'm doing as their teacher. Hoping for positive results.
My classroom is in the library and I've inherited running the library from the previous volunteer, who did an excellent job. In February I put together a library committee of grade nine learners, it's been slow going, but now we are picking up momentum. We cleaned up the library, begun taking inventory, discussed rules, and voted on chair positions like VP. We decided to open the library to all learners during the daily thirty minute break, on the first day about fifteen learners of various grades came and checked out books, which was awesome.
Back in October I reached out to Darian Book Aid about getting some new books to add to the library, and they approved the request and sent us a box of fifty books. They will be great additions to our library, and the learners were really happy to receive them.