Teaching to EmpowerPosted by Trésor Kayumba
The 5th grade scholars have been diligently reading A Gift from Childhood; Memories of an African Boyhood. Each chapter in the book offers a unique opportunity to deepen our understanding of traditional Malian culture. The journey thus far has been informative and enriching for the collective. We have been able to learn about each other’s traditions and family values while we learn various major literary concepts.
After reading Catching Catfish, students were excited to teach each other a life skill an elder had taught them. We spoke about the significance of learning a life skill to be empowered and independent. We recognized that wisdom and growth comes to those who cannot only learn but share what they have learned in order to enrich others.
Students were proud and eager to share what wisdom had been imparted onto them by family members. The life skills ranged from archery, to oil change, reading lips and, making friendship bracelets. I learned that you must never underestimate the value of friendship bracelets!
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