I played BINGO with the children and helped them read again. Each week is basically the same class structure.
This visit toy South Elementary did not go too well. The kids had quite a bit of energy and could not sit still. When we got there, We started our powerpoint, and they did not seem too interested in new material until Mrs. Sizer scolded them for not showing their best star pride. After this, they acted a little bit better, but still not great. When we finally go through the presentation, the kids took a while to get to their groups, and my group continued to not listen. I had to remind them just about every 15 seconds to quiet down and sit still. Mrs Sizer saw this and actually took three students out of my group and left me with two students to read to and play bingo with. Once they were removed, my group went a lot smoother. Eventually, the three students returned, apologized, and they acted a bit better after that. I left feeling quite defeated, but I hope next time goes better.
Helped the students write their numbers using dominoes! They would get a domino and count the number and then they would write it on a white board. The kids really enjoyed it and so did I!
This week my little partner and I ate dinner and had ice cream together. Afterwards, I painted her nails and we talked about school, family, and Thanksgiving break.
Today I returned to the community center in St. Peter and was able to work individually with 2 Somali women on a worksheet on a projector. We worked on identifying letters of the alphabet, what letters are vowels and which are consonants, how to spell words with vowels and how their sounds can change, and how to see how certain words when put together can form patterns. We worked with the word 'bicycle' and identified how the two letters 'bi' mean '2', and then we used that knowledge to see that 'tri' means '3' and 'uni' means '1'. It was very fun for me to be the teacher on my own and see them connect the dots throughout the worksheet :).
We played board games and talked about what she was excite for this coming thanksgiving break.
My little has an interest in robotics and so I brought her to my old team's offseason event in Prior Lake all day.
Today was probably the most interesting day I've had in Mrs.Koepp's class, it was a lot of fun! I recieved three different drawings from the students, and of course, they were all beautifully done! I also was taught how to "dab" by a few of the students, it was a great time (I laughed a lot!). Aside from all of the fun stuff, I helped the students take their comprehension tests, and I feel like I really helped some of the students by just aiding in soothing any test anxiety that the students may have had. In specific, there was one student that didn't finish as fast as the other students, but I got her to calm down a bit about the test, and helped her through the questions by reading them out loud with her and giving her a high five at the end! I also read one-on-one with a few of the students, and I also made a connection with one of the students by getting to speak Spanish with her. Through this experience, I feel I played an important role in helping them with test anxiety while also making fun connections with students by getting to know them a little bit better!
Today, the students did a variety of different activities during the class period. After the initial 10 minutes of reading stories on the iPad, the teacher then instructed all students to open their folders and continue working on a worksheet that helps them practice vocabulary and the difference between singular and plural tense, which was a new concept for some. I helped a few students in explaining to them why some words follow a different plural ending than others, as well as how the ending of the word makes a difference in what its plural form will be. For the remainder of the class period, the students were shown an image of the foods present during a typical Thanksgiving dinner. They were asked to name some of the foods that are usually eaten during this holiday. Most students were familiar with turkey and mashed potatoes, but the more difficult foods to identify were stuffing, pumpkin pie, among others. It was a great learning experience for the students, who are not from the United States, to be informed about the American holiday and the traditions that come with it. The teacher explained the significance of some of the foods, making it easier for the students to understand the reason behind the tradition. I am excited to come again to work with the students in two weeks.