Today was my last day! I spent the entire class period with one student, helping her write a short paper about her family and her life. I really enjoyed helping her, I would catch grammar mistakes and pose questions to help her respond to the prompts better. I could tell she was opening up more to me about her life and really trying hard to get better at her English She even asked if I was going to be back tomorrow to help her more and was sad when I said I wasn't. That interaction along with the students all genuinely sad to see me go at the end made me feel so good. Sometimes I don't feel like I'm making that much of an impact but today I really could tell that I was.
Today we didn't go to the holiday party but went traying instead. After a few failed attempts on Old Main, we went over near Uhler and had more success. After that, the boys wanted a challenge so we went to the Complex hill. There was a small jump there someone had made that made our traying so much more entertaining, exciting and fun.
Today during class the students were paired up to begin work on an essay assignment. In this project, students had information on one of two famous figures and asked questions about their partner's figure. I was assigned to help two girls work on it. It was fairly difficult for one girl, as some words were too advanced for her. Usually, I could tell when this would happen and help to explain their definitions. They also had some trouble with sentence structure, so that was my main focus to help on. Although it was a difficult assignment, I think it is a very helpful way to better reading, writing, and listening skills.
We began class with quickly finishing up a project they were working on the day before. After that, we all gathered around in a circle to start a short novel. Since there were some newer students in the group, the teacher went over the basics of how the class reads through a book together. We read the first chapter, with the kids taking turns reading aloud. The book was fairly challenging for about half of the students, but we decided to continue reading through it. Honestly, it was really nice to sit and have story time, it reminded me of when I was at the beginning level of Spanish.
Today, we started playing air hockey, and then played Sorry and Heads Up! It was fun to just hang around and play some different games.
Today in class they started a project about food from different regions, and specifically the country or region they're from. I helped mostly with the initial creation of the slide and helped them copy and paste things. They didn't get too far, they mostly focused on getting things started. I didn't realize how many different nationalities were in the class, so that was really cool to figure out! It was also cool to see the beginning of their powerpoints and learn about different breakfasts foods from around the world!
Today during the event we all just played cards and hung out. It was fun! We all learned I am really bad at spoons.
Today we set up a Wii in Beck and just hung out and played games. It was really relaxed and pretty fun!
Today was a bit of a hectic day because it was the first day of their term. We spend the first part of class just handing back papers, and then afterward they began reading in a new chapter. The kids were also super rowdy, so it was hard to get anything done. The only noteworthy thing I did today was helping a girl with the reading and then chatting with some of the students in the free time.
Today in class I helped the students finish a paragraph long paper about gender stereotypes. The paragraph asked for the students to come up with a definition, give examples and a picture, and explain in what ways they break these stereotypes. I helped with generating ideas for examples as well as ways they break the stereotypes, in addition to helping with general grammar and spelling questions. Afterward, I talked with some of the students about movies and sports, and then we began watching a movie about the youth in Baltimore Maryland and the incredible influence of the ghetto on their high school experience, and about a program where 20 young students are sponsored to learn in Kenya for 2 years. It seems like it will be a very interesting and informative movie for these kids to watch.