Starting to Teach

Today was the first day at Renanim that Katie and I had one-on-one tutoring with a few fourth and fifth grade students. We went over exercises that were done in class or as homework, and also spent a little time just having conversation in English about what they like to do, what their favorite foods are, how many siblings they have, etc. It was difficult to hear the students – even the less shy ones speak softly, afraid to make mistakes and unsure of their abilities. Hopefully, as we start to gain their trust, we can also improve this communication.

We also had an hour-long meeting with our primary host teacher, Rachel, which will happen every Monday at the same time. We talked about the three main events this year that will feature and celebrate learning English, and it seems like we’ll have a lot of fun putting it all together. Rachel encouraged us again to make a list of whatever we need for our own ideas to happen, and of course, to share those ideas with her as much as possible.

It’s hard to know what I’d like to do just yet, but I’m really impressed with the permanent artwork already in the halls.

Mosaics, just outside of one entrance to Renanim

Mosaics, just outside of one entrance to Renanim

Detail of mosaics from a different part of the building

Detail of mosaics from a different part of the building

I’d love to add another student project to the school’s halls, but I don’t know what yet…

Panoramic view of a stairwell

I love these lizards – here’s a panoramic view of a stairwell

Outside of school things, I’ve made a new friend.

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I named him Fieval.

We have mad good cuddles

We have mad good cuddles

He’s the outrageously adorable kitten that lives outside of our apartment. I know I’m not supposed to pet the cats that are everywhere here, but this little guy’s different. A few little girls in our building take care of him, giving him food and water, and they made him a little shelter too. Fieval has come out to say hello every time I’m leaving or coming back to the apartment for the past few days, and I hope we will be great friends.

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