Hey, Go Hang it on the Wall


                                                                                                                                                                                       By H Mac Wooten

What do you remember from primary or maybe Junior High  (as it was called then).  Do remember all of your teachers (if so,  where are your car keys right now?) do you remember some of the things hanging on the wall in the classrooms?  My favorite was a map of the solar system.  At that moment, I had the ability to travel beyond Pluto, fly over far away galaxies, circle a black hole and go “To where no man has gone before”.  Didn’t we all.  Think about the power of imaganition that that map instilled in us.  Was there a “mathematics table” on the wall also? Did you start to see the patterns of the numbers.  I did, well… ok, after repeating the 3rd grade a few times! Ha!  These props, if you will, gave your immigration a kick start.  Which many times is all that’s needed to start you thinking …..a little bit more.  If there was no map about the solar system, you still would have listened to the teacher and depending on her skill and diction you would have found it somewhat interesting.  But the map ….. it took you (me) to the limits of my imagination.  Many of the schools we work with here in Peru have none of these simple things. There are NO crayon drawings hanging on the walls.  Many of the children gather fire wood while walking to school so one of the teachers can prepare them a hot meal.  Not really mind provoking is it?  We ask you to consider helping Teach a Teacher add these basic items like maps, math tables, and the alphabet on the walls of some of these schools.  Who knows, one of these kids might be inspired to do something incredible  … for all of us!

For waaaay more information, please visit us at www.teachateacher.org

Mac Wooten is President of Teach a Teacher nonprofit.  A native of Greenville S.C. We live and focus most of our  work in the Ancash region of Peru.

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