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Silver Lining

Every cloud has a silver lining. In light of yesterday’s events, I decided to use the bombing as a teaching point for today’s lesson plan about writing. “What happened yesterday?” I asked the students. I wrote on the board the 5 W’s (and 1 H): Who? What? When? Where? Why? How? The students seemed hesitant… Read more »

BREAKING NEWS

A bomb just went off in town a couple hours ago (apparently at 7 PM? And it’s 9:07 PM right now). It’s not on the news yet and I haven’t heard anything from the U.S. Embassy. I’m alright  – although I was at UTC just an hour before, and my friend who was in the… Read more »

ELECTION DAY (or, KAGAME FEST)

In light of today’s election, I figured I’d include a post with more photos to demonstrate just how prevalent Kagame is when I say “Kagame is EVERYWHERE.” Literally. Everywhere. I walked around town on Saturday and documented some of the instances just so I could give you an idea of what “campaigning” is like in… Read more »

Perspective and Purpose

I’ve been at such a high in the past few weeks that I suppose it is inevitable that I would finally hit a low. One of my students had been asking me to visit his family for sometime now, and I finally agreed. After class today, I packed up my netbook, erased the whiteboard, and then walked to Novotel with him. I was so excited to not only have the opportunity to meet his family and see his house, but also to gain a new perspective of Rwanda in an area of Kigali I had never been.

If I were a boy…

AN UPDATE: I now have FORTY students. Can you imagine? The first day, there were 19. The second day, there were 30. And now … there are FORTY. I thought just having nineteen students would be challenging since they are all at different levels in their English, but forty??? Definitely not what I expected –… Read more »

Kimihurura

  It’s hard to believe that it’s only been two weeks since I landed in Kigali. I have experienced and learned so much that it feels as if my time here has been much longer. Did I really take my first taxi-moto just 12 days ago? Was it only last week that I ate my… Read more »

Learning From Teaching

I taught my first full class today. EVER. I’ve TA-ed, I’ve subbed, I’ve taught for part of a class period – but TODAY was the first day I’ve ever walked into a classroom with a prepared lesson plan in hand and heard students greet me as “Ms. Teacher.” 🙂 The following 3.5 hours were terrifying,… Read more »

Stop and Stare

I figured I’d include a post about all the non-education related highlights of my stay thus far. So I’ve compiled an eclectic assortment of thoughts, notes, and pictures to give you an idea of what life’s been like outside of the school! Frustrating Transportation: I confess that I only half-believed my contacts when they told… Read more »

First day at the Learning Centre

  Kagame is EVERYWHERE! A view of Kigali My first full day in Kigali: I wake up late, completely jet-lagged and tangled in my mosquito net Run to the “shower” which is really a(n unpredictable) trickle of lukewarm water from a rusty faucet head. No curtain. Seriously consider chopping off all my hair to save… Read more »