Back in France and about to return to my voluntary teaching in the small village school.
Its been 18 months since I last taught there; a year of cancer diagnosis,operations & treatments. So I am on the eve of writing a piece which actually applies to both the blogs I maintain; www.frenchchalk.blogspot.fr and www.diagnosisjournal.blogspot.com ; a strange feeling, my two worlds colliding.
So what am I going to teach, well what else but family. "Je m'appelle Md. Machin, et vous?" I start again, mostly new / different children and I needs must return to basics; names, introductions and family.
Very apt, in that, in France and particularly rural France, ' mon famille' is all important. Indeed it was my family that was so important in my journey to recovery. More than a ' basic social unit related to one another', my family close & family of friends near & far have given me the encouragement to keep going.
So when I talk with the children and when we share our languages & experiences, it will mean so much more now.I will be communicating between my two worlds, merging my France in France & my life with and of cancer.
So, Monday, in that small classroom will indeed be a joy; the joy of teaching, sharing, laughing, encouraging; in short the joy of living and that is difficult to write a lesson plan for.
So here's my draft: Lesson Plan for Life
OBJECTIVE: To share the joy of family close & far and understand how special they are
SYLLABUS / SCHEME/ PLAN: Learning intentions & Prior Learning
To communicate the emotion, recognise the limits and learn & apply prior life skills.
OUTCOMES:Key vocabulary & resources needed
Hope, positivity, resourcefulness and love
LEARNING ACTIVITIES: Warm up, differentiation and measurable goals.
So many years, so many faces and so much of the path trod. Yet still a lot to learn...
ASSESSMNET & EVALUATION:
Living & loving....
Now that's what OFSTED would call, ' Outstanding'