During our second day at San Pablo, students taught lessons that included reading, writing, how to tell time, and what ones, tens, hundreds mean. The children are just the same as those in our schools at home, squirmy, fidgety, inquisitive, shy, eager, and funny. Here are quotes from some of our students about their take-away for the day:
"Building relationships and showing students you genuinely care about them is the number one teaching standard. My favorite time is breaks because I get to interact with all the children and play frisbee, jump rope, and just talk."
"I've realized that children are the same all over the world. All children like to sing, play, learn, and have fun. For these children, school is the place they are able to do these things."
"My teacher is very dedicated to his students' education, but resources are limited. Only a few students have a language arts or science books. They primarily use books that were donated by other groups and implement strategies that teachers from the US have shared with him. He is extremely appreciative of the help we are giving his class, and I am learning so much from him and the students as well."
"My teacher, Mr. Acal, is also the principal at San Pablo. His goal is that students understand that education is the key to a brighter future. For a lot of students, it is hard to picture living any differently than the way they've grown up with. To be able to encourage them in their education and tell them about our world is, in my opinion, the most valuable thing."