Now I’m on fire!

Now I’m on fire!

Now I’m on fire.  The younger students class teachers had to meet to discuss who would prepare and who would be served portions of porridge intended for younger children that have been provided by the county government in Kenya to combat hunger and food shortages as the result of a prolonged dry season and drought.  While […]

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Update on student whose horrifying backs...

Update on the student whose horrifying backstory I discovered. I’ve been observing the child and I’m guessing they have seen much violence during their young life.  The child knows who in class can be pushed to the point of hitting back and the child knows how to get the teacher to give physical discipline for rule […]

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And then reality…

And then, sometimes, reality punches you squarely in the face.  The class was first grade.  The subject Christian religion education.  The topic family.  The message is simple: love and respect.  The class assignment: write the names of your family members.  One student didn’t write her father’s name.  The teacher asked why.  The student said, he […]

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Amazing teachers

Amazing teachers

After writing twice about my experiences, I am a bit appalled with myself for having yet to mention the amazing teachers with whom I’ve been working.  When I sat through a government education minister lecturing on how teachers needs to be done and watching the teachers prepare for the beginning of the year, I was […]

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First day at Kiambogo Primary School

First day at Kiambogo Primary School

On my first day of teaching at Kiambogo Primary School in Kenya, I was asked to teach second and third grade as their teachers were at a government-sponsored seminar.  I asked the children to get out their English books.  The students pulled out notebooks.  I said, “No, no.  The textbook.”  I held the one I’d […]

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Arrival

After arriving in Kenya and taking two days in Nairobi to shake off my jet lag, I set off for my new home.  We stopped along the way and my guide showed me a fantastic view of the Rift Valley wherein lies Kijabe proper.  My destination was the surrounding hills which contain my home, the […]

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