Moosomesa is the phonetic spelling of the Luganda word for teacher.
I made some effective worksheets for the students today. And they loved them! The younger ones who didn’t have worksheets were quite jealous. I was somewhat frustrated at the beginning of the tutoring session. I’m tutoring nursery children through primary six, so I have loads of different worksheets and skill levels. And have I mentioned that I have ZERO experience as a teacher? Everyone was asking me questions about English and math, the only two subjects the worksheets covered today. I had to sit with each group of students and explain how to answer the math problem or how to spell the work “wake.”
But golly. I realized how awesome it is when I was teaching Faith (P3) to expand numbers (445 = 400 + 40 + 5), and it clicked! I explained and exampled two problems for her, and at first she was totally lost, but by the end of the second problem…she had it down. I was so excited! She was so excited! Teaching can cross language barriers. Hooray!!!!!
However, before I was deemed a “moosomesa” by Ruth this evening, I went to lunch with the UPA (Uganda Pioneers Association). The roads have a ditch on either side over two feet wide and probably two to three feet deep. I can easily step over the ditch. As I went to do it today, however, the skirt I was wearing restricted the length of my stride and caused me to be a few inches short of making it across the ditch. And before I knew it, one leg was in the ditch, one leg was confused between the ditch and the ground, my glasses were somewhere in the grass about a foot away and my arms were on ground I was attempting to get to. It was pretty awesome. Awesomely clutzy. One wound down, numerous more to go.
We are getting some guy from Australia tomorrow, but apparently he’s in his 50s. He’s not a volunteer, but an observer? I don’t know. Whatever. He speaks English!
And now for the pictures from today’s photo session!
I love you and I miss you, but “Courting Alex” is on NTV next, and it’s a nice way to end my night.