|Sereisophon English School Christmas Party|
|Down, up, round b|
Next activity was staff training on teaching Multi Grade classes. None of our Practice Schools have mixed grades but our observation of newly qualified teachers highlighted that many go on to teach such classes and are not well prepared for the challenges. I took 3 trainers to observe a lesson by an experienced teacher.
|Here, Grade 5 are working independently whilst Grade 6 are taught.|
|Now, Grade 5 are taught whilst Grade 6 complete a task in groups|
Public holiday and I went with friends to a nearby reservoir. A beautiful place with tragic history as it was dug manually by local people under Khmer Rouge.
Ang Trapeang Thmor
I also enjoyed a lovely Saturday at the college where I was invited to judge the khmer curry dish in a cookery competition between the 4 second year classes.
After a welcome break, I was occupied with creating resources for a Maths workshop aimed at encouraging Grade 1 teachers in our Practice schools to use more participatory methods and teaching aids. I first demonstrated the use of resources such as number lines, dice and dominoes. Teachers were then given the materials to make their own. They loved it.
|Clocks and counting|
|With no child care, young children often attend with their parents. This little girl enjoyed helping.|
So, after a hectic month and with all my reports up-to-date, I am in Phnom Penh with a good friend who has come for a holiday. The city is preparing for the cremation of the king's father.