During my adventure at LNGC today, I worked with the ABRP coordinator to get the ball rolling on our classes. It is very exciting to think that I will be conducting and teaching my first class ever in the next couple of weeks.
We concluded on a start date (which will be August 18th.) I got my lesson plan together, and have every lesson set up from August 18 until January 19th. Once my lesson plans were complete, I edited our students info in our database and made personal phone calls to each of them to let them know when class is starting. It was such an interesting task to make phone calls to our students, because some are foreign, a lot have disconnected phones, and others use their relatives or grandparents phones to make calls. Coming from a middle-class family, it really opens my eyes to see how people in lower social economic status situations function and communicate. It makes me realize how many things I take for granted in my life, including a simple technological tool such as a cell phone. Talking to the students on the phone is not only a challenge, in some situations, but very gratifying. It is interesting to talk to them and hear in their voices how excited they are for class to start, and how much they urge to learn.
Next week we will be sending out letters with all the class information to our students, and will be creating a contract for our students.
Until next week, happy weekend! :)
"He who opens a school door, closes a prison." -Victor Hugo