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SMK Classroom Decorations

Posted on August 24, 2015 at 5:40 AM

I have spent this past couple of weeks inside the classrooms at SMK Primary School teaching an English class to Secondary students. (More on that experience coming.) As students in America prepare to return to school, I was once again struck by the stark differences between American and Ugandan classrooms. My sister-in-law is a Special Education teacher in Middle school. She shared some photos of her classroom, which was so clean and creatively decorated. (She has a great knack for design). There were technology items visible, lots of books and resources, and fun wall decorations. In comparison, the classrooms at SMK (like all classrooms in Uganda) are often dusty and barren. There is not much light. The wooden desks are rickety. The paint is peeling. And textbooks are used rarely (if ever) in studies. (SMK is one of the fortunate schools to have textbooks available to older Primary classrooms.)  But the books are only brought out for classes and then safely stored away in the Headmaster's office for the next class.

 

However, with a piece of large poster board and some markers, teachers really make their classrooms come alive. They draw some pretty complex diagrams for older Primary classrooms, and some really fun visual pictures for the younger Primary classrooms. Children are able to learn through these drawings. I really respect the resourcefulness and creativity of SMK’s teachers. They work with what is available to them, and their children appreciate so much!! Even during the holidays when the classrooms are open to anyone around SMK, not a single poster has been disturbed or destroyed.

 

 

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