Played mario kart and did mad libs. Talked about how going to a new school is going while doing these activites
In the classroom, the students were working on adding more words to their journals and creating sentences with those words. Due to the kids being disrespectful and interrupting Ms. Kracht there was multiple disruptions, which cut down on the amount of working time the students had. I was still able to work with a group of four students on creating sentences. It's been nice to get into a routine with the students because it has become normal the last month to have me work with students in groups, versus at the beginning I was in more an observing role. It has allowed me to establish relationships more closely with the students.
We walked around outside to catch up on how school and life has been going. Then played card games with a couple of my friends
We spent time outside throwing a Frisbee around, mocking, and I tried teaching her how to play cribbage.
I was able to work with a group of students in a game to learn their new vocab words. During this activity I was able to connect more with the students. It was cool to see the students feel a lot more comfortable with me being in the classroom and they have begun to start asking me questions about myself. When I walked into the classroom a couple students came up and said hi and asked how my day was going. I also connected with the student students that were born in Latin American countries, which was cool to talk with them and here their point of view of what they remember from their birth places. They also tried having a conversation with me in Spanish, which they thought was super cool. The days I have been spending in the classroom have become the best part of the week.
We went to the Bird house making event and go to know other BPLP participants. It helped my little get more comfortable with talking to new people, especially her age. It is something we have been working on all year.
Today I worked with the students on reading about a new topic they started, which was Dragonflies. During work time I worked with one of the students that is still learning how to read in English. The student was very sweet and accepting to the fact that it was me that was helping him instead of the teach who usually is. The students have started to remember my name and interact with me! It has become one of my favorite things to do during the week because it is a nice fresh breath of air from the normal life on campus. I am still trying to work on using my spanish when possible since there are a couple students that most speak spanish, but I'm still a little shakey on what is correct.
1. My expectations regarding the service learning component have changed regarding the amount of Spanish I would use at the site. I wasn't expecting to have to use Spanish with the kids at my location because most of them were able to understand most English and speak it, but there are two students in the classroom that I am in that mainly speak Spanish. This has allowed me to become more confident in my Spanish speaking capabilities, but it has also been awesome to see the students reactions when I was able to communicate with them.
2. The reciprocity with Language buddies initially seemed like I was putting more in than I was receiving, but that feeling came from the students not fully trusting me due to be a new stranger in their classroom. The last couple weeks before spring break ended up being awesome and really rewarding because they started to become more comfortable with me. I truly feel like I am not receiving more from this experience than the kids because it makes me feel so good after being in the classroom. I truly feel like I am making small difference in being able to help out the teacher, but also help the students learn as well. It's awesome to also hear their stories and knowing that they are getting comfortable enough to open up to me about their lives.
3. The class that I work with are also learning a new language, like I am learning Spanish, expect they are learning English. There experience with learning the new language is different than mine just because they live in a society where English is spoken everywhere. Whereas for me, I only hear Spanish in the 50 minutes a day I have class. I am not sure if that makes it easier to learn another language for them or if life is harder due to not understanding everything. It is humbling to see how hard they work to understand the words and phrases I find to be second nature in my daily life.
Today when I visited the classroom we worked on sentences. While I was there, I actually got to practice using some of the Spanish from class with one of the students that doesn't know English. I was able to communicate with him and help him with the sentence forming activity. It felt so good to be able to help this student because the way his face lit up when I could talk with him was so rewarding. I also worked with another student that was very shy, but felt comfortable enough to ask me to help her. Today was an extremely rewarding because the students are comfortable with me now and I loving being around the students.