Our day was full of teaching! We taught math to two fifth grade classes. The lesson was about regular hexagons and regular octagons. The students made the two shapes out of paper. They also measured the sides and the angles. They discovered what makes a hexagon regular and what makes an octagon regular.
Today, we got to experience something new. Molly and I got to spend time in the special education class. There are only two students in this class, a boy and a girl. Along with the two students are two teachers. Both of these students tell us good morning everyday, so we have already had prior interaction with them. First, we sat down with them and they introduced themselves. The little boy had words on a dry erase board of things he was supposed to tell us. He told us his name, how he felt, and things that he liked. Then the little girl introduced herself. This sweet girl has a difficult time speaking. She often needs a prompt or repeats what the teacher says. She used pictures to tell us what she liked. After the introductions, the teacher flashed cards of objects and we said the words in English. Then we played a sentence game. The little girl won this game. Last, we played their favorite game, Jenga! These two children warm my heart and are so much fun. I hope to participate in this class again.
We also taught English today. The fifth graders are learning new words. They do very well pronouncing the words. Some sounds are harder for them to say because the particular sound is not used in Japanese. I had a very busy day full of teaching and I loved it!!