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Mackenzie Mazhari

Chalk, bubbles, basketball, and hot/cold

Gave 1.00 hour on 05/15/2019 with Community-Based Service and Learning, Gustavus Adolphus College, Service Programs
Breanna Felske

Today was my last language buddies appointment. Pedro and I worked on math, he was really getting good at adding and subtracting big numbers, so we moved quickly through the pages in his math book. I really enjoyed working with Pedro this year. He was such a good student with a very unique story that I was lucky to be a part of. I hope I see him sometime next year so I can see all of the growth he has made with English! He had already learned so much in just the few months I had worked with him. Overall, this was a great experience! I really enjoyed getting into a classroom every week along with being able to work one on one with a student every week. I think I learned a lot about how to relate and develop relationships with students who are just coming to America. I also learned that I enjoy spending time with younger students. This was a very helpful experience as I plan to be a teacher someday and I enjoyed it so much that I plan to volunteer again next year!

Gave 1.50 hours on 05/15/2019 with Gustavus Adolphus College
Breanna Felske

Today was my last language buddies appointment. Pedro and I worked on math, he was really getting good at adding and subtracting big numbers, so we moved quickly through the pages in his math book. I really enjoyed working with Pedro this year. He was such a good student with a very unique story that I was lucky to be a part of. I hope I see him sometime next year so I can see all of the growth he has made with English! He had already learned so much in just the few months I had worked with him. Overall, this was a great experience! I really enjoyed getting into a classroom every week along with being able to work one on one with a student every week. I think I learned a lot about how to relate and develop relationships with students who are just coming to America. I also learned that I enjoy spending time with younger students. This was a very helpful experience as I plan to be a teacher someday and I enjoyed it so much that I plan to volunteer again next year!

Gave 1.50 hours on 05/15/2019 with Gustavus Adolphus College
Brooke Merila

Today was my last day in the classroom and I really didn't want to say goodbye. We worked on multiple projects based on the grade of the student. It has been awesome to see the kids develop especially some of the kids who tend to cause trouble sometimes. I helped the biggest trouble maker one and one and it was so awesome to see him focus and zone in. He was able to fix his mistakes and find the right answer without any fuses or disruptions to the group! I was then assigned to the next kid as he had finished and worked on editing sentences written by the student for the book they had created. It was essentially a work day. The teacher handles the classroom with grace and patience. I have learned a lot about having a regimented routine and alternatives when a certain assignment or kid isn't working well. I have learned a ton about patience which will help me in my years to come. I am really going to miss going and feeling so welcomed! Overall, it was a great experience!

Gave 1.00 hour on 05/15/2019 with Gustavus Adolphus College
GivePulse profile picture of Dario Sanchez-Gonzalez Dario Sanchez-Gonzalez  1 month ago
¡Muy buen, Brooke! I am happy to hear that this was such a positive experience. I am sure the teachers would appreciate your help in the future.
Kyara Craven

Our last session started as it normally did; we sang our morning songs and went through our slides. By this point, the children know what's coming next and are already prepared, which was a really fun part of the last day. We reviewed “quiero” and our other words before we split off into our groups. We played our guessing game and read our book to the students one last time before we regrouped to sing our goodbye song. Before we left we had a small photo shoot with the kids that was super fun and cute; we also got a fun filled drum roll before we gave Ms. Depuydt and the class their gift and card. We gave and received many hugs before it was time for us to say goodbye to the class one more time.
As teachers, I believe that there is always something that we can improve on. We are there to nurture and foster the next generation of people who will be responsible for our futures and the world. We can always do a better job at being more attentive, making the class more fun, being more patient, staying objective, bringing your own energy to everyday and so much more. In my opinion, a teachers job- and their room for improvement- is never going to stop. However, these are the things that need to be done in order to keep ourselves and the world sustained.
I believe that this experience benefits the community because it connects Gustavus and the community to engage in a very beneficial reciprocal relationship. The places that we go out to visit gain a few more helpful hands and interaction with the Gustavus students. On the other hand, we get to visit the community, we gain experience, and it allows for us to build our resumes; both sides have an opportunity for growth and interactions. Furthermore, when sending students out into the community, we- including Gustavus as an establishment- spread the Gustavus name. We let them know that Gustavus prides themselves on being connected with the community and we make community service a high priority. Similarly, it allows for the community to see the great things that Gustavus does and the amazing students it produces. Hopefully, more people will be interested in Gustavus once they meet the students who are doing work in the community.
I think if there was one skill that I learned while working with the children is how to have fun. This is important because while work- and life- must be taken seriously, you have to know when to let loose a little. It’s hard not to be a little happy, even at 8 o’clock in the morning, when you get to work with happy, energetic children. An employer might be interested in this skill because it shows that I will bring positive energy to the workplace. I will know when to keep the flow of work going and when it is okay to joke to keep a tension free work space.

Gave 1.00 hour on 05/15/2019 with Gustavus Adolphus College
Emma Larson

We went outside and did a trash pick-up with the kids because it was so hot out! Then, the kids had a movement break outside. It was nice to see the teacher adapting the classroom activities to things that they can do outside and being flexible with their schedule. They were going to work on invention projects, but the room was full so they went back outside instead.

Gave 1.00 hour between 05/15/2019 and 05/22/2019 with Community-Based Service and Learning, Gustavus Adolphus College, Service Programs, Study Buddies
Lucia Callender

Today was the last day of Amiguitos. The kids were the most engaged they have been all semester; they sang the songs, answered the questions, and waited for their turn to talk. I had a lot of fun teaching them new words and answering their questions about Spanish. At the end of the class, they were sad to see us go and gave all of us hugs and asked us to come back next year. It was awesome to see that we impacted them in a positive way and had the opportunity to be role models for them throughout the semester. If I get the opportunity to teach young children again, I will use this experience and the skills I have learned to connect with the students and present the material.

Gave 1.00 hour on 05/15/2019 with Gustavus Adolphus College