My little and I played games in the dive and talked about school, and how Christmas break went. She told me about how she traveled to England and Australia to see family. She also talked about the dance competition she has this coming weekend.
Mackenzie and I went to the library and read childrens books, watched a video on the butterfly life cycle - which was a question raised by reading The Hungry Catepillar, and made paper airplanes.
Spent the day doing math, music,gym and reading
Final Amiguitos Reflection
1. Make a written list of what you have given to Language Amiguitos this semester.
- appreciation of language
What have you given your group?
- assistance when needed
What have you given the kindergarteners?
- language skills
- communication tools
What have you given the teacher?
- respect (for them and the kids)
2. Now, make a written list of what you have received from Language Amiguitos this semester.
- a new experience
- communication abilities
- an appreciation for teaching
What have you received from your group?
What have you received from the kindergarteners?
- a new perspective
What have you received from the teacher?
- skill, professionalism, & knowledge
3. Reflect on your answers above. Are some of the values repeated? Write any repetitions in the space below.
The values that were repeated the most were patience and curiosity, two things that I think are crucial to both teachers and students in the learning process. During this experience, I was simultaneously a student and a teacher, as I had to both present information, but also find the best way to do so in this environment I was not familiar with. This is a humbling and effective way to learn, as the responsibility of being knowledgeable but also knowing where you're lacking is vital. I think as a whole, this was a new experience that I'm very grateful for, and I hope it made an impact on the learning of the kindergarteners.
And answer the questions below, as they apply to you.
-Did you give the same value that you received?
I both gave patience to the kids as they were learning, as they gave to me (as best they could) while I was learning how best to teach them. It is also important that there was an investment in this experience on both sides, otherwise, it would not have been effective in the slightest.
-Was this experience reciprocal?
I very much hope it was reciprocal, as I feel like this was an incredibly important learning experience for me, and I hope the curiosity and engagement I saw in many of the kids are genuine and will be maintained. It is always important to develop and adapt communication skills, and I think that is one thing that was expanded on both sides.
-Did you receive more than you gave or do you consider you give more than you received? If so, was there something you could have done to change this?
I think the exchange was about even. I don't think a genuine new teaching experience would be accurate or beneficially if both sides were not both gaining and contributing. As both parties needed to give their time and focus to learn, I think that this dedication alone means that the balance cannot be greatly unequal.