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May 31, 2018

I would like to thank my fifth grade teacher who taught me prepositions, Mrs. Cook. She always made learning fun and had her students be as active as possible. Still to this day, I can picture her lesson on prepositions and how much she enjoyed teaching them. She would have us act out the words we were saying, so if she said "on the desk", we sat on our desks, and when she said "under the desk", we crouched under our desks.

Earlier this week, our group was trying to think of new topics for lesson plans that were simple enough to be understood and learned, and interesting enough to get our students active. Immediately, I thought about Mrs. Cook and her lesson on prepositions. I suggested this as a topic to add to our list, and the group agreed.

I can now appreciate why Mrs. Cook had such a big smile on her face when we were learning this. I had so much joy watching my students light up at the fact that they could be silly in class and learn at the same time. My students will always know the difference between "hands on the desk", and "hands in the desk". Going back and forth between these two was such a treat; my students would laugh when I tried to trick them by repeating one of the phrases and they got tricked. Seeing them put their hands in their desks and then laugh so hard when they realized that I said "on the desk" was the highlight of my day. I have some students who want to be teachers, and I hope that in their classrooms they will teach prepositions in the same way.

On another note, I would like to acknowledge how privileged I am; at the fact that I was able to come back to Tanzania, and how privileged I am while being here. I was a member of the first group from Lasell to come to Tanzania, and it was the greatest experience of my life. It is still surreal to me that I am here now. The privilege that I hold does not sit well with me, especially in the classroom. My students get excited when we hand out paper. They light up if we hand out markers or crayons for drawing. Students will share pencils and pens when their peers cannot find their own. These are all things that I previously viewed as simple things that are always in supply. I had the realization that school supplies are not readily available to everyone two years ago when I first came. But, being back at Lundamatwe was the reminder that I needed. I have been reminded to check my privilege and to be aware of it as much as possible.

Much love,

P.S. Dad, I am sending you love and thinking of you always. Check out that moon tonight! Nakupenda (I love you)