Every time I finish teaching a class, I am absolutely elated. Today was no different, and I am so happy with how the class progressed! It was a case called Rwandan Backpackers, examining the financing and marketing options a couple of young entrepreneurs were facing last year when they were looking at entering the low-cost backpacking industry in Rwanda. I was excited to teach this case as the students are all obviously very familiar with the environment and understand the status of tourism in Rwanda, and there was a high possibility that one of the entrepreneurs would actually join us for the latter part of the class to answer students' questions! Thank goodness I was keeping that as a surprise, as the entrepreneur did not end up showing up. Nevertheless, the class went smoothly, and the second hour was very lively, with groups debating their viewpoints and recommendations for the various financing and marketing options.
There are so many things I love about the teaching portion of this experience. I love having the students raise their hands excitedly to contribute to the discussion, I love seeing the reactions on other students' faces which prove that they are engaged and actively listening to the discussion, and I love the fast paced mental work that goes into processing student's comments, synthesizing comments for the board, formulating thoughts for how to move the discussion forward, all the while ensuring that everyone is understanding what is being said, and that all are being called upon. Such wonderful mental exercise it is being up at the front of the classroom!
Both boys were out of commission in terms of walking comfortably, so they both had to withdraw from the game. Chris, Kaila and I still went to the field to watch, as we had promised our friends two weeks ago that we would be there to support/play. Since everyone is very much into Premier League soccer here, the game was between supporters of Manchester United and supporters of Arsenal. There have been posters around campus for some time now advertising this game, which featured the school's top talent, as well as a number of the highly skilled faculty members. They were really excited to have two talented Canadians joining in, and all were extremely bummed that they had to sit out. It was a lovely game to watch though, with some fancy footwork and lots of enthusiastic support from the fans. Just like the last game we watched, the sun was setting behind the pitch, and up on the hill behind us, a choir was practicing for tonight's fellowship, so it was a wonderful soundtrack and landscape for the game.