Category: News

Recycling Training from Gaea
Recycling Training from Gaea
Re-use, Reduce, Recycle!

Yesterday our Primary School students were taught about the importance of Waste Management and the need to Reuse, Reduce and Recycle by Saroum from Gaea. We have installed several recycling bins around the school and the students have promised to police them and make sure we all recycle responsibly .

 

 

   

 

 

Sokun’s Wedding
Sokun’s Wedding

We were all so happy yesterday to see one of our favourite colleagues, Head Teaching Assistant Song Sokun get married. She looked so happy and so beautiful.

 

Taking Year 1 to the Market
Taking Year 1 to the Market

Today we took our Year One Students to a local market. Last week we prepared them for the visit by introducing a lesson called Stranger Danger, this was followed up by homework to reinforce the message. Today the students were very happy as they were able to reinforce their education in several ways.

English –  improve their use of adjectives.

Science – using their senses  – smell, taste, touch, sight.

Maths – learn more about money and fractions.

Kindergarten Painting
Kindergarten Painting

Teacher Sioban’s (Shiv) Kindergarten class painting with cotton buds. Improving their coordination and artistic skills.

Proam Dany’s story
Proam Dany’s story

Dany has been studying at Go Global for nearly 18 months. You may have seen her on Facebook as before she came to Go Global School seen at the temples drawing wonderful pictures on the ground with a stick . Our Managing Director saw some of her posts and decided we would do something to help her by giving her a free scholarship to our school. As her family lived a little far away from the school it was difficult for her to get to us, the solution was to hire her father as our groundskeeper.

Her father has been a great addition to our team and Dany has proven herself to not only be a very good student but also to be a very well behaved popular young girl. Today we took her to have a private class at Khmer Ceramics where she again showed how artistic she is. We are waiting to see the finished article.

Visit to the Post Office
Visit to the Post Office

At the end of 2016 the Students from Year 2 wrote to the students at Laburnum Lower School in England. They went to Siem Reap Post Office to see the process of buying stamps and posting their letters. They eagerly await the answers from their soon to be English friends. I received the news yesterday that they are on their way over, we will see how long they take to arrive.

To the Market: Learning About Money
To the Market: Learning About Money

At Go Global, we teach our students through experiential learning whenever possible.

Teaching our students about a subject firsthand helps them to pick up new concepts more quickly and thoroughly.

Hands-on learning not only helps young learners to understand the many facets of a new topic, but it also helps them to understand the new topic within the context of the world as they know it.

Money Literacy – Riel and US Dollars

The math of money!

Reception students tackling the math of money!

For the month of May, the Primary School classes dived into a new module on Money. This presents a unique challenge to students in Cambodia, as they must learn to fluently use not only one, but two different currencies — the US dollar and the Cambodian riel.

These students, ranging from 6-12 years, must understand numerical values well into the tens of thousands, as well as understanding conversion rates so they can use both US dollars and riel interchangeably.

Lessons began with differentiating and sorting paper note values. Once the students mastered counting and sorting bills, it was time to teach conversion rates. How many riel equal one dollar? How many thousand-riel notes do you need to make change for one dollar?

Field Trip Inspiration

Go Global School goes to the market

Go Global students practice making change.

This month, the geometry of three-dimensional shapes, halving and doubling, and money literacy coincide nicely. Students studying in Primary School took a series of field trips to the local markets to barter for round fruits. The students were given varying amounts of U.S. dollars and Cambodian riel with which to purchase fruits that they would have to split in half are share with a partner.

This gave them a chance to flex their mental math skills as they calculated the change needed — in riel — for a small purchase made with a five-dollar U.S. note, for example.

This was also a great time for the students to use their working vocabulary of fruits and vegetables, and to put their shopping skills to use after a few weeks of role play. How do you begin a conversation, and make a polite request to a shopkeeper? What is the best way to ask for the bill when you finish your shopping?

After returning from the market with their round fruits, students were split into pairs in the classroom and tasked with splitting one piece of fruit evenly between two and then four students. This exercise was meant to encourage the spatial recognition of halves and quarters of three-dimensional objects. What better way to divide an object into equal parts than to ask that it be shared equally among friends?

Special Education in Siem Reap
Special Education in Siem Reap

Beginning last month at Go Global, special needs and special education teacher Bianca has been doing classroom observations. Hailing from the state of Florida in the United States, Ms. Bianca is teaching our youngest learners in Preschool B in the mornings for her first month with us. This allows her time in the afternoon to evaluate students in the Primary School.

To ensure that our students and our teachers are working together effectively, Ms. Bianca has been assessing students of interest in order to pinpoint their strengths and weaknesses.

Siem Reap and Special Needs Education

Cambodia’s education system faces many challenges. Among them is educating children with special needs. Too often, children with special learning needs fall behind because schools do not have the resources or the teacher training to understand them.

It is still common for families of children with special needs to keep them hidden away at home, believing them to be unteachable. More and more, private non-governmental organizations as well as the national government are working together to make space for these special learners. Although there is currently no degree in teaching children with disabilities offered in Cambodia, UNICEF is working with the government to develop the country’s first national diploma course in special needs teaching.

Our school is not qualified or certified as a school for children with special needs, however we understand that there are few options for families with special needs children in Siem Reap, and we want to do everything we can to help special learners to excel while they study with us.

We welcome all students at Go Global School, and are always looking for ways to make space at our school for special learners.

Special Education from USA to Cambodia

Ms. Bianca has a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education, a Master’s degree in Special Education, and 15 years of teaching experience. Before relocating to Cambodia, she worked in Florida, California and Hawaii as a special education teacher, and as a therapist for children with autism and Down syndrome.

Ms. Bianca is not diagnosing our students. We are not interested in putting labels on the children who study with us. Rather, we are beginning a dialogue that will help us to better understand and cater to our students’ needs.

By opening up these lines of communication between our students, teachers, and families, we are hoping to make both learning and teaching more enjoyable and effective for everyone.

Special Learner Assessments and Techniques

Q: So what exactly is Ms. Bianca doing?

A: Ms. Bianca has been meeting one-on-one with the students that she believes could benefit from some personalized learning techniques. Subsequently, she is consulting with our Foreign Language teachers and providing them with techniques and resources to be used with some of our special learners in school and at home with their families.

Additionally, if families are interested, we welcome them to school to discuss their child’s needs, and the means by which we are addressing said needs. In the short time since we began this initiative, we have had the greatest success with students of families who are informed and supportive of our teaching techniques. In fact, some families have incorporated these techniques into their home life with marked success.

 

If you know of any families in Siem Reap province who have children with special needs, please contact us and/or send them in our direction. We would be happy to continue this conversation with any family looking for support.

 

Khmer New Year 2016
Khmer New Year 2016

Suo s’dei Chhnam Tmai! 

New Years celebrations in Cambodia mark the end of the harvest season. The April holiday lasts one week, and is a time for individuals to return to their homeland to enjoy the fruits of their labor, to visit family, and to relax before the beginning of the rainy season.

 

Go Global School Khmer New Year

The egg-in-the-spoon races!

At Go Global School, we dedicate the day on Friday to New Year celebrations. Students and teachers from the Khmer program and the Foreign Language Program gathered in the school courtyard after an in-class introduction to the history and origins of Cambodia’s New Year.

As games are an important part of every new year celebration, the festivities began with tug-o-war. After three divisive rounds, students and teachers split into two teams — boys versus girls — for bos angkunh, a traditional game requiring only a handful of large, round polished seeds. The seeds are held precariously upright by a small pedestal of sand, and players take turns tossing seeds from behind their pile in order to try and knock all of their opponents’ seeds over.

Go Global School Khmer New Year games

Blindfolded students took turns trying to break open these clay jars to get to the talc inside.

Over the course of the day, we played klaing chap goan moan, or, “The Hawk and the Hen,” we had egg-in-the-spoon races, and vai ga-ohrm, a kind of Khmer Piñata made from fired clay pots hung from a tree and filled with prizes and talc powder.

Once the talc powder was out, the blessings began. Traditionally, talc powder is applied to peoples’ skin and faces during the Khmer New Year celebrations as as symbolic way to cleanse them of the previous year. More recently, these innocent talc powder and water blessings have taken a turn for the festive.

Go Global School Khmer New Year

In the aftermath of the talc powder fight…

For the week of Khmer New Year, children and adults alike roam the streets with buckets of water and handfuls of talc powder to “bless” the faces and clothes of the people they meet. Go Global School was no exception. Students and teachers went home for the day with talc powder in their ears and in their hair — and with huge grins on their faces.

The school will close for the next nine days, as students and staff make the journey to their hometowns. Khmer New Year is the biggest celebration of the Cambodian calendar, and we are happy to have had the chance to let loose with the kids.

Happy New Year to all!