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It was all fun and games for Rowan in his second week at MOET:
This week saw me making my teaching debut at MOET, as I was assigned to teach English and Geography to MOET graduates who return in the summer holidays for supplementary secondary lessons (free of charge).
My first English lesson was on modifiers; of which according to the grammar book I referenced there are three types; positive, comparative and superlative. I found it initially difficult to gauge the class (Form 4 next year, the final year of secondary), but was soon given an explanation as to why some of them looked confused when upon asking Joseph for an example of a positive modifier which is just an adverb or adjective (literally modifying the verb or the noun), he wrote “The English teacher speaks very quickly” So following that piece of feedback I slowed down and it went well.
Geography on Friday featured the topic of Population Change, as in AS in the UK. I’ve inadvertently picked up the Malawian teaching style with lots of writing on the board and no particularly creative activities to be seen, but you know; when in Mangochi…
In her 3 months volunteering at MOET, 18 year old Kate Bernard managed to interview over 50 pupils, past and present and get lots of video footage. This is the first in a series of beautifully edited videos, which give such a great insight into the life of MOET – its school and its outreach projects.
Watch out for the next one…. Meet the Teachers!
An uneventful, happy week really. Maybe because I’ve got Ruth to look forward to. I am SO excited to see her, and to see what she makes of it all – this Malawi life which has become familiar to me, but actually seems like worlds away from Whashton life!
Not one of my better weeks. I’ve been Struck Down with a cold since Monday. Hopefully I’m on the mend now.
Together with Hilary Hegarty and Rosemary Wright, we returned to MOET for the first time in 5 years in May. We were impressed by the growth of MOET and the development of expertise within the staff team.
More than anything we were left with the impression of pupils and staff working together very positively and having fun while doing so. Read the rest of this entry »