Two in Thailand

After raising three children and watching them graduate from college, Bob and Carol decided to leave the educational field and pursue a dream that had been put on hold for 35 years (since graduationg from the University of Northern Iowa). "Two in Thailand" is the journal dedicated to that dream - to serve in the Peace Corps. This is a personal blog. The opinions expressed within do not necessarily represent the views of the Peace Corps or the United States Government.

Monday, March 17, 2008

Teaching Kickball

We conducted a 3-day "Make and Take" Workshop where we demonstrated an activity to teach English. to 90 teachers in our area. The first 30 minutes, the teachers did the activity and the next hour, they created the visuals (charts, posters, flash cards). Their recreations of our visuals were incredible -- they are very artistic, creative, and meticulous to detail. They had never attended a workshop where they could actually make and take. We got funding to supply all materials and they really appreciate it! What amazed us is that they wanted us to teach them kickball (a sport that Bob introduced two months ago) on the third day. We were surprised how popular it became and many students told Bob that it was now their favorite sport. We believe the reason for that is it combines baseball with a soccer approach. Bob had some students come to the workshop and demonstrate the sport along with two other Peace Corps Volunteers. Thirty students then went outside and played a game so that the teachers could get a better idea of the game. We then we had the teachers play the game for 90 minutes! The only problem is you can't get rubbery kickballs in Thailand!!!! We had a co-teacher order 8 kickballs to give away and they delivered water polo balls. We promised the teachers that we would send kickballs when we returned to America!!!



At 1:18 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

MJ says: You could probably get a good deal through a school catalog.


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