On the last day of volunteering, it was bittersweet for me, as I am graduating and I've spent two semester volunteering with Linda and her class. On the last day, we discussed about politics and what our plans were for this summer. Since the other students in my group are freshmen, and are done with their language requirement, the are not planning to continue Spanish but said they really enjoyed the time they spent learning it and volunteering. I told her that I have been trying to find a job at a law firm specializing in immigration in order to us my Spanish outside of school.
Had our final meeting for the year and had dinner with the family of my little. We talked about summer plans and discussed the past year stuff.
Today we played games outside for the Gustie Buddies bonfire!
Week 8: Myths, Monsters, and Paintball?
This week Josie and I went to the library as Pedro was absent. She opened a reading app on the iPad called Epic and flipped through some of the options. The first book that she wanted to read was about paintball. Some of the history and facts about professional paintball leagues were completely new to me which was pretty cool. After this, she began to look through books about conspiracies which was awesome. We read a book about ghosts and went on to a few about aliens and UFOs before landing on one about mummies and the curses brought about by the final resting places once they had been breached. We then read about Nessie and the different conspiracies about the monster and whether or not it is real before finishing the day with a book about the lost city of Atlantis which was… interesting given that I’m a fan of mythology. The story goes that Atlantis was an island that angered the gods and therefore was attacked by tsunamis and other disasters and sank to the bottom of the ocean never to be heard from again. It was a ton of fun going through some of the stories that had a sort of campfire feel to them, especially since I have never really worked one-on-one with Josie before.
Today was my last day in the classroom and it was great. The students were beginning to work on presentations that they have to present on a soccer team. It was interesting to see how almost all of the students follow a soccer team. It surprised me how much more popular soccer was among the students than any other sport. It was awesome to see the passion they had for soccer when I asked them to tell me more about the teams and who's the best and worst. The connection I built with some of the kids will hold a special place in my heart. It was a bittersweet moment when I said goodbye to all of the students. I have a whole new respect for Middle School teachers, especially ELL teachers.