This morning, one of the other teachers had the key to the computer lab, which we didn’t know, and we weren’t able to get it until almost 10am. This threw our entire schedule off. We ended up having the first set of kids practice some typing for 15 minutes, then we went over a couple of new words. Meanwhile, Neha covered some vocab words with the second, new set of kids (below).

After about a half hour, we switched the second set of kids into the computer lab and covered some more vocab words and then had them play Solitaire for a while. (I impressed everyone at one point by beating the game in under two minutes, which isn’t a great time, but I’ve honed my skills during some epic procrastination jags.)

Today was really frustrating, partly because the whole routine was thrown off, but also because I feel like we’re in a bit of a rut. We haven’t had any time to prep as a group for the subsequent day’s lessons, and so whatever we cover ends up being thrown together on the fly – which is not a particularly effective teaching style. From tomorrow, I think we’re going to start meeting at 3pm to plan for the next day, which should improve things.

This second set of kids is mostly 9th graders, who are new to the school, and they seem to be a little overwhelmed and tentative. I think perhaps a bit of a pep talk is in order, to contextualize all of the stuff they’ve been learning.

These kids (now a grade older!) came by in the afternoon; they wanted to learn some more computer stuff, but since I didn’t have any extra laptops with me, I offered to help them with conversational English. I’m not really sure how to go about doing this – I tried some basic verb conjugations, but my Hindi isn’t good enough to explain what the I, you, he/she/it, we, you, they chart is, nor what the present/past tenses are. Maybe I’ll just stick with teaching them how to speak grammatically correct English, but forget the formal grammar stuff and hope that they sort of just get a feel for what “sounds right.” Maybe they’ll learn the actual mechanics of the language in school. That sounds lame even while I’m writing it.

Also, here is a cute kid from the family that rents out our upstairs apartment (yes, this first picture is blurry):

And his family:

That black thing in the background is a water tank.

I didn’t even bother with the solar eclipse, although I would’ve loved to see it, because there was zero chance of the sky being clear enough to see anything.