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Walking in Yua

Walking in Yua

Reading group

Reading group

Reading group in Yua church

Reading group in Yua church

A friend of mine, Chaya made a DVD of you tube videos of animals. We used it for Gentle Handling classes as a way to teach that animals can learn, use their brains and have loving relationships with each other and their humans. It also showed how animals react to negative reinforcement versus being loved and treated well.
One video was of a chicken pecking at the picture of a chicken amongst other animal pictures.
Once the students saw I was handing out pens for trying to answer, getting the correct answer and explaining how, why or the meaning, almost everyone was raising their hand. In contrast to other days to when barely a hand goes up. At least now they know not to say “yes” in unison if they don’t really understand something. They risk being called on to tell me what they understood. Saying, “no, I don’t understand” gets them another explanation and possibly a pen.
When I asked the class what they understood about the chicken, one boy, Paul answered, “The chicken is identifying itself.” I almost fell to the floor. This was such an advanced answer especially since I had not said it and it was more than “chicken.” Which was the common answer. He got 2 pens and a writing notebook for that one.
Since I can see many of the students struggling to find more than just one or two word answers. It is really hard because they are speaking in English and being asked to think rather than just repeat.
Enter: Clementina. She explains things for them in english but with an accent they recognize.
I can’t wait to see Paul in 5 years and find out where his life has taken him.

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