School ended in late October and began again last week. I've decided to teach the same grades as I taught last year so that I'll be teaching at a level I've had experience with. So far, the new students are promising and seem to be comprehending better than last years' students. Maybe they aren't as intimidated since they've known about the American teacher for a year or maybe my instructions are clearer. Either way, I think this will be a good school year.
I'm currently working on three secondary projects. I'm collaborating with other Peace Corps volunteers to create a teaching resource-- a streamlined curriculum plan complete with lessons-- which will free up a lot of time for education volunteers and hopefully exemplify new teaching methodologies that our schools can benefit from. Next weekend I'll be training to teach English to judges and courtroom staff. Once I receive my schedule for this program, I'll be looking into my third secondary project-- introducing a more economical cooking fuel as an alternative to charcoal. This requires a small investment on the part of the community and the construction of a pressing machine, but I think my village can do it.
During the long vacation, I had a chance to visit the USA for the holidays. I'd like to write more about this later, when I get my head wrapped around it. The differences between the US and Rwanda are so incredible. For now I'll say that, returning to the US after a year's absence, the change that most jumps out is the ubiquity of smart devices. I'd also like to thank everyone that's been reading my blog for the past year. I got to see some of you while I was home and I didn't know you were so many.