Today our TESOL class focused on vocabulary development. We began with a 'chalk talk,' ten minutes of silent writing on the whiteboard under the heading of "Words, Emotions, Sights, Sounds, Memories of Oaxaca." From that vocabulary list, different groups developed vocabulary charts from a selection of Vocabulary Strategies that I received at the Teacher's Training Center in London while I was working in an American School. This was an excellent example of using the same words in many different areas to deepen learning.
From there, some of us went to our final day at CANICA. The group that had been working with the elementary school students continued their corn husk dolls, giving them different faces for different emotions, and teaching the English word for each emotion. Here, you can see one of our teachers signing dedicating a bilingual book that she left for the class.
Upstairs, two of our teachers gave a parent meeting to over fifty parents, principally mothers. The theme was proper treatment of children. From the parents, themes like domestic violence came up, bullying, and the need for parents to listen to their children.
Then, we moved outside to leave our print on the tree and say goodbye. Each pink hand represents a person that has done a one time service project, like ours. The purple hands are the teachers and staff at CANICA, and the blue hands represent the sponsors. There is still room for the first yellow hand, those who conduct research at CANICA.
Adiós Canica! What a valuable experience to be able to work with these children, parents, and staff!