Learning about teaching, leadership, team work, and service
On May 28, 2014, LCMS missionary Mark Wolfram led his 10th grade Advanced English class at Concordia Middle School (CMS) on a service learning trip to teach English to the first-sixth graders at Cheng Gong Elementary School in Chia-Yi County, Taiwan. This is an annual trip that this 10th grade class takes, as part of the English curriculum, and thanks to a grant from the Asia Lutheran Education Association (ALEA). As in previous years, the students spent three weeks preparing lesson plans, games, and activities to go to the school and teach the little ones English. In total, there were six groups who each taught two grade levels for two periods of 30 minutes each. The CMS students were very creative using songs, games, videos, and Powerpoints to help the elementary students of Cheng Gong learn and enjoy English.
For the elementary students, it was a fun day in which they could learn in an interactive way from some CMS students. For the CMS kids it was a great chance for them to analyze and reflect on how to teach English, in addition to improving their team work and leadership skills. LCMS missionary Mark Wolfram enjoyed seeing the students work together, and also saw them trying to think more about the importance of service and giving back to the community. At CMS, these students learn about Jesus and his sacrificial love for us through his death on the cross and resurrection. CMS tries to emphasize service and help students think about how they can share the love of Jesus with others through word and action. Please pray that this service learning activity can be one more step in helping those students understand God’s love and how to share it with others.