2012 / Cameroon

See you after Cameroon

My time teaching in Yaounde, Cameroon is finished for now.  During my eleven weeks at Central Government English Primary School I grew as a teacher, and as an all around human being, in so many ways.  When I first stepped foot in the school compound I had goals of classroom and behavior management.  I had dreams of different pedagogic techniques to try out, and a never ending list of materials I wanted to make.  I was really able to dedicate myself 100% into my teaching and work towards my goals and dreams.

When it came to trying things in the classroom, my cooperating teacher put full trust in me and allowed me to try anything I wanted.  Wow!  What student teacher can say that, I was really lucky to have the opportunities I did.  My goals and classroom and behavior management were deeply researched through trial and error during my eleven weeks.  There is no one classroom management technique that is going to work for all 35-40 young children in the classroom.  I had my overall green, yellow, red system I wrote of before, but then I also developed and used more individual techniques for students who needed more “teacher love and attention,”  :).

One of my biggest areas of growth while I was teaching, was my practice in regular education whole class instruction.  This was the first time I had my own regular education classroom to myself; before I had either had the support of a peer clinician, or relied heavily on my cooperating teacher.  At CGEPS I was challenged to be on my own from the start, and I surely enjoyed the journey.  Creating my own curriculum everyday, in all subjects, was brand new to me.  I really got the chance to be creative and integrate many different types of lessons.  I really enjoyed planning Physical Education, Health Education and Art because I got to integrate subjects like English and Math; which is what we learned how to do successfully in all those millions of methods courses at UWO!  Ha, I was actually glad I had to take those two different teaching elementary art methods courses that I use to curse back in 2010.  🙂

My final moments with my students, the faculty, and my many new friends were very tearful, but at the same time full of hope.  I’ve never been apart of such an amazing experience where I got to give as much as I received.  I cannot put into words fully how I feel living my new home behind for now.  All I know is that it is not goodbye, but see you later Cameroon.  I fell in love with your country, your people, and I cannot wait to see what the future holds for our relationship.

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^The 2 photos above are from a workshop at the Ministry of Education.  I was fortunate enough to be asked to present on teaching young children to read using the Phonics method.  The presentation went great and I really enjoyed strengthening my relationships at the ministry.

Having too much fun before school :)
Having too much fun before school 🙂
Checking out the holiday chain they made!
Checking out the holiday chain they made!
Me and MOST of my class :)
Me and MOST of my class 🙂
The best way to arrive to school, "Madame ENSOR is here!!!!!!!!!!"  Ah...I love them!
The best way to arrive to school, “Madame ENSOR is here!!!!!!!!!!” Ah…I love them!
Abiguel, Monique and Raschnelle :)
Abiguel, Monique and Raschnelle 🙂
Doing some work :)
Doing some work 🙂

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Come check out our awesomely decorated classroom!
Come check out our awesomely decorated classroom!
Last day of physical education in 2012!
Last day of physical education in 2012!
Me with Agnes and her daughters home from boarding school.
Me with Agnes and her daughters home from boarding school.
In Class Two we wrote Santa Claus (Pere Noel) and he wrote us back and wrote the good girls and boys Christmas presents!!!  Christmas party day was the best!!
In Class Two we wrote Santa Claus (Pere Noel) and he wrote us back and wrote the good girls and boys Christmas presents!!! Christmas party day was the best!!
And no one had to wear their uniforms to the party!
And no one had to wear their uniforms to the party!
Santa brought sunglasses and bubble gum, woo hoo!
Santa brought sunglasses and bubble gum, woo hoo!
We made awesome Christmas crowns!
We made awesome Christmas crowns!
Every party needs balloons!!
Every party needs balloons!!
Tearful goodbyes...
Tearful goodbyes…
Host mama!
Host mama!
Receiving gifts at my staff goodbye... imagine everyone chanting goodbyes songs at the same time.  It was wonderful...I cried of course.
Receiving gifts at my staff goodbye… imagine everyone chanting goodbyes songs at the same time. It was wonderful…I cried of course.
Some of the staff and myself.
Some of the staff and myself.
Almost everyone on the staff! :)
Almost everyone on the staff! 🙂
Franklin, Me and Asongu on my last day.
Franklin, Me and Asongu on my last day.
Me and Asongu,  my best friend in Yaounde, I miss him!
Me and Asongu, my best friend in Yaounde, I miss him!
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2 thoughts on “See you after Cameroon

  1. Caroline,
    Your journey and experience in Cameroon sounds absolutely inspirational. It is clearly evident the the drastic impact you had on the students, the school and the community. Do you believe the school will continue to integrate and use your various methods you have introduced? It seems that you and the students made huge gains while you were there that will leave them and you will with wonderful lasting memories! I can only imagine how sad the school was to see you go after your remarkable time in Cameroon. Thank you for sharing your wonderful stories and pictures!
    Ciao!
    Alex

  2. I also ponder what the ripple effect might be from your visit. Great to know you were able to provide some inservice training to staff on top of all the instruction and impressions you were able to leave with your students.

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