RISE AND SHINE // It's 5 AM and our teacher trainee is awaken by chanting from upstairs, as around 250 students memorize word by word from their textbooks. It's a bit numbing to the ears but he tries to snooze for another hour like everyone else on his floor. // We've recently started teaching at a new boarding school in southern Rakhine State, Myanmar for Grade 9 English. Chanting is common across the country, but our trainee teaches in a very different way that it has caused quite a stir! Right after his first day of class, the whole school, including students and staff, started talking about him. More on that soon!
On our way to visiting more schools in Rakhine State, Myanmar. It's a nice change from the traffic jams in Yangon -- just 3 hours through fields, mountains, and cattle.
NO ONE // No-one is good at everything, of course, but everyone deserves a fair and equal chance to excel or at least enjoy the learning process. In the hour that we taught, I saw excited children, or those who were frustrated and confused, but I saw no one who was not engaged at some point and I saw no-one who was making no effort to be a part of the new method of teaching. // Chloe Smith, NEH Director of Studies and Teacher Trainer
On the road - Rakhine State, Myanmar
Visited an English class in northern Rakhine State, Myanmar. As usual, girls sat on one side and the boys on the other. Written on the board, we saw I am a girl. You are a boy.
Visited the National University of Arts and Culture in Yangon, Myanmar and met some students and teachers - here they're playing the harp.
DON'T BE SORRY // Mistakes are generally feared here. In government school, our teacher trainee said, students who are wrong are punished by their teachers. So when one of our students apologized for an error she made, our trainee said she doesn't have to be sorry - mistakes are just a normal part of learning and is a way for her to improve.
Picnic in the forest with our grade 9 students!
Break time between classes.