Friday, March 30, 2007

I was a substitute teacher at the American School here in Bamako again this week. Yesterday morning I was assigned the preschool physical education class. Preschool phys ed is pretty much a euphemism for recess. I was supposed to organize a T-ball game, but everything quickly descended into chaos, complete with wrestling, tripping, crying, running, screaming, pushing, hyperventilating, etc. Since my experience with preschoolers is limited to my own time in preschool, I didn’t know what to do (short of crying myself). So I didn’t do anything. I let them do their thing and prayed for a low body count. At the end of the period, no one was dead or even seriously injured, which I considered a moral victory.

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