Burkina Faso

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So, reading is important. It’s one of the reasons for my extension of service that I enunciated on the application. Kids like it when I read. I butcher the Moore, but they still repeat most of the things I say and often get the general idea. They like looking at the pictures and talking about what the subjects are doing - I think that they enjoy it; it’s what they do at least.

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Hi! My name’s Jamie and I’m a school social worker 1. Everyday - that there is class - I have time dedicated to try to increase learner academic performance and / or their leadership, confidence, and motivation. Some days, we do activities that increase learners’ study skills, such as making flashcards, noting homework assignments in one place, and analyzing parts of our body we use while learning. These were all techniques and knowledge that I’m pretty sure I’d seen before middle school.

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As you may have noticed, or perhaps not, my website looks different now. There is a lot that Wordpress, my prior blog manager, can do. But it couldn’t do what I needed for it to do, namely be accessible for the bandwidth I have available. I’ve seen the rates routed through my phone go up to 20kbps but 5kps is typical. For reference, dial-up modems work at 56kbps. Wordpress just isn’t useful at these rates.

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School’s finished. Right now we’re in the period of time between when the high school entrance exams and the high school exit exams occur. Work and life are pretty slow. It’s started raining, so most people are out in the fields digging and planting. I’d been doing yoga, following a video another volunteer had given me of an Anglophone yogi dubbed over in Swedish. It isn’t terribly hard to follow after figuring out what “breathe in” and “breathe out” are in Swedish.