The 14th of May concluded in another trip to the migrant children school. We were glad to see the children waiting for us.
Due to the fact that there weren’t as many of us as we thought there would be, we decided to merge classes, and instead of teaching the 3 separate topics of biology, chemistry and animals, we will have 2 topics only - biology and animals. This was a good decision too, as the children, all below 10 years, might have found the chemistry aspect of the lesson hard. Upon splitting into our groups (mine being the biology group), we set up the classes and began teaching. Cold and raining outside, we were glad to be in the (not much) warmer classes, were we started off with telling the kids our names. If you thought they had trouble with pronouncing our names, you have no idea how hard it was for the 4 of us to remember 15 or so Chinese names.
The first activity we did was asking the children the names of various parts of the body, as seeing if they knew it or not. To help, we placed the schools model of a human on the front desk, and like last time, there were shrieks of laughter and astonishment. They spent a lot of time ogling at the model, until we told them to try writing the names of the body parts on sheets of paper, after which they sat down and started copying from the board. Every now and them, we would walk around the class, high-fiving the kids who could answer our questions relating to the body parts, and helping the kids who were struggling (which weren’t many). As we didn’t want the class to be just 2 hours of writing stuff off the board, we split them into teams (boys and girls), and asked one person from each team to come up front. As we had pictures of the body parts on the board, we told them that their task was to see who was the quickest in touching the name of the body part we said. The prospect of beating the other teams got them quite excited, as they were screaming the answers and trying to help the children up at front.
We also let the children draw pictures of body parts on the board, and asked their team members to guess what they were drawing. I must admit, their drawing skills were much better than mine, and so was their guessing abilities.
Before leaving, we told the kids that next time, they will study the organs in the body, and proceeded to take apart the human model to give them an insight into what they might learn, and to keep them guessing. All in all, it was a good way to spend a Saturday, especially before our end of year exams.
Our thanks to Mr. David Mounter, our Economics Teacher, for being our supervisor for the day.
Thank you to the Migrant Children's Foundation (MCF) who helped organised this trip.
Update from: Year 12 student Siddharth Varma.