Today my class was starting a unit on migration and general movement of people. My classroom teacher started by asking students to write down everything they thought they knew about immigrants on paper. Then, we watched a short video on historical migration patterns of people and where people originiated from starting 75,000 years ago. From there, my Classroom teacher defined first generation - 6th generation immigrants and asked students to try to identify what generation immigrant they were. There was everywhere from first through sixth generation immigrants in the classroom. It was an interesting way to address immigration as a concept in today's political climate.
This day, I worked one on one with Samuel, the ELL student, and we worked on some more complicated things such as holiday related things. It was more so difficult not in the sense that I didn't know all of the words for holiday things in Spanish, but just in the sense that Samuel was pretty distracted today and so I didn't feel like I was really getting through to him and I also didn't feel like I was being much of a help because he just didn't seem interested in learning about holiday things as I would have liked him to. After struggling to talk with him about this, we then moved on to a small reading book called Hickory Dickory Dock and we had to read the whole booklet twice before moving on and, again, this was difficult in the sense that his mind seemed to be elsewhere. After this, we went to the playroom and I think that helped a lot of students kind of release some of their antsy-ness. Overall, it was a good day, just some obstacles that we had to work with!
Dance in the Dive and played some games
I went to watch my little's performance in The Mankato Children's Chorus at Christ Chapel. It was so awesome to see her enjoy doing something she loves. I hope to see more choir concerts in the future and I just wanted to share my cute experience :)
I went to the community center for my second time for a big block of time. I worked with 3 different people during my time there. I started off with a student who needed help with their English language homework, and English wasn't their primary language. I used a lot of comparisons which helped in explaining the new concepts. I struggled with keeping their interest as it was the poetry unit, but I explained how it is relevant to their life and did my best to keep it interesting and keep them engaged. From this student I learned that it is more difficult to keep a student engaged than I had previously anticipated. My final two people I worked with were both adult who were immigrants and were working on their English. We did some worksheets and some exercises to work on pronunciation. Their English was pretty advanced so we worked a bit more on pronunciation. It required a lot of patience and explanation as to how certain sounds are made. From this I learned the importance of patience and repetition.
Today I was charged with working with the students on a paragraph on their families. I also got to participate in a sing-along of sorts near the end of the class. I found it interesting that some of the students were having trouble writing about their families, as if they hadn't talked to them much. Such a thing never happened to me as a student as I recall being very open with my parents. Once again I was reminded of the willingness of the students to work together to overcome challenges they had. It was something I took away as inspiring, especially given that such a thing was not always the case when I was a student.
Lyric and I went to the music building to play the piano today