But I just really need to reach out to my Family right now. I am needing to request some prayer.
To keep it fairly simple, I am honestly not equipped for this position as academic coach…. and Satan is using that truth to discourage and overwhelm me.
There has been so much joy watching our Bombo homeschool transform as the teachers incorporate appropriate teaching techniques and as they work to have an incredibly interactive and engaging learning environment for the boys. Aunt Abby was mentioning how we have boys in the home school who have only been here for about 1 year, and they are already passing our veterans in the home that are attending public schools! We have boys who are in the public school (and have been for about 3 years)…yet our home school boys are passing them up! That is super encouraging. But there are two areas in which I am requesting prayer for in this next week….
Next week I am moving out to Bombo...
For all of you wonderful teacher friends reading this, I am training them in fluency poems this next week, and then I am debating between other different ways to incorporate literacy … I went through a 2-year literacy program my first two years teaching, but to incorporate a big literacy block into our schedules would be difficult at this point in time. In Dardanelle we used the Comprehension Toolkit, which would be AWESOME because it has all the materials needed with lesson plans written out and explained, but it is expensive! So I am either praying for an opportunity to purchase or acquire one of those, or looking into some others.
And keep in mind, we don't have power out in Bombo… so finding something quick online and making class copies just doesn't work. I have been running all over town when I am in Kampala to find books and materials for my teachers.. I pray they see my heart for them.
2. Discipline- Plainly put, common discipline in Uganda is incredibly shameful and it is also traumatizing to our boys who have spent time on the streets. They bring up negative experiences of being beaten by their parents or by others when they were living on the streets. And those techniques are not a picture of God’s grace and love. However, our teachers are struggling to incorporate any other techniques for discipline. We have been working with a system, but they are somehow resisting, but they are requesting help (wahoo!). The struggle is that when I introduce ideas to them, they seem to doubt that they can be effective. They feel there is one way to really “punish” the boys, yet we can’t go down that road. May we have wisdom using the Behavior Clip Chart! Going to try it out all next week. I will model how to use it in their classrooms.
Sooooo… I spent 5 years acquiring two degrees in education, and then 2 years teaching, but I was still just getting things figured out when I left the classroom. So I am requesting your prayer for my intensive time out in Bombo next week. I will be spending Monday-Friday observing teachers all day each day. I will spend all morning in one class, all morning in another. And repeat each day.
I know the Lord must go before the teachers and me. He has all wisdom. As James says, we just need to ask! So I am asking. Everyday.
Please pray for...
- Wisdom. - As I train the teachers in behavior management and literacy.
- Energy. - For implementing a new behavior plan and literacy plan into the classroom. It is hard to start new things and be consistent – especially in trying to help children make good choices.
- Open Minds and Hearts – For the boys and teachers to be receptive to new techniques and encouragement and love. For the teachers to truly believe in the techniques that they are implementing.
- Patience. - For everyone as we are trying new techniques
- Encouragement. An encouraging vocabulary as I coach the teachers and as the teachers work to encourage the boys
- Uncle Tom - and his Primary 4/5 teacher
- Aunt Perusi - and her Primary 3 Class (she is wife to Tom)
- Aunt Martha - and her Primary 2 Class
- Grace to be present in all situations.
- Love to be present in all situations.