It took us until the end of our time in the schools to realize that we should really do a repaso, or a review, of all the activities and functions that we had taught over the past two weeks. It’s one thing to lead kids and teachers through steps, but the time is wasted if no one can remember these things. We bought a bag of candy from the grocery store and the repaso was GREAT SUCCESS in the words of Borat.
We wrote 8-10 tasks based on the things that we taught- tasks that the kids have already done but we modified them slightly so they couldn’t just find the activity in their diary and say they were done. We divided the classes into groups (secretly placing a “high aptitude” kid in each group to act as a natural leader) and explained that the group to complete all the tasks would get the candy.
Well actually everyone got candy when they finished, but the first team to finish got to choose first. There were a few simple rules: Someone in the group would pick a task out of the hat (we actually used a soup ladle in one school) and read it out loud to the other group members. Every member of the group had to finish the task before they could move on to a new one. If they needed help, they had to raise their hands quietly and wait for me or Josh to come over and give them a hint.
We were surprised how much the kids remembered and happy to remind them of certain steps when they forgot. The repaso day was by far our favorite day of the two weeks. It’s just too bad we didn’t start doing this from the beginning!