Today we woke up at 7:45 and had to get ready for our first day back to school. We headed up to breakfast at 8:47 and then headed to class. We first had the 8th grade A group and it went amazing today. We took apart and put back together the XO computers. After the 8th grade, my cabin went to get smoothies and milkshakes for everyone since they did it last time. When we got back we were sitting outside and were surrounded by all the little kids that wanted to play on our phones. We hung out with them until we had to teach the 4th graders. This is my favorite class to teach because the 4 boys that I am teaching are doing amazing. They feel so special since they get to do other things than the rest of the class and get to use a different program. Today they even asked me to take home the booklet so they could move on. I am so proud of them because last year it was like pulling teeth out to even get them to listen to the directions. But today they worked in Scratch and I made it fun by making a competition to see who could finish a maze the fastest, Christophe finished first. After we class finished we had the 6 graders. With my two girls I worked in Etoys with them. We did animations and stated to draw things for the game. After the 6 graders we had the 7th graders and took apart and put back together the XO’s like the 8th grade class. We then headed to Caneel bay to look at the resort to see if we wanted to eat there the final dinner. It was a very nice mosquito free zone and decided that that’s where we wanted to eat for final dinner. After that we went back to our cabins and relaxed there until dinner because we were too tired to get up from our beds to go to the beach. We then went to dinner and then worked on our lessons for the rest of the night.
5/27/14 was the Tuesday back from the memorial weekend and the first school day back. We got up at eight and went to breakfast at eight forty five, which is a normal time for us. After breakfast, we drove to the school and soon got to teaching. For the eighth and seventh grade classes, instead of going through the scratch and etoys practices, we took apart the xo laptops. What we had them do was to follow a set of instructions that told them how to take the computers apart. The instructions were necessary because we were afraid that some of the kids might bloodlessly start unscrewing. This process took up a majority of the class because the students needed enough time to put the computers back together. I think that by having the students figure out how to take apart the computers allowed them to realize that computers or laptops are essentially just made out of parts and it just takes some screw drivers and some willpower to figure that out. I like how our teaching schedule is filled with lessons that cover a wide range of topics that don’t overlap each other. This allows for variety which will ultimately allow for a well-rounded student.
Alongside the eighth and seventh classes, we had the fourth grade class. For the fourth graders, we taught the students how to make a joystick on etoys. The students in my group were very prepared and knew exactly how to do it; however, they got a bit loud and chaotic after they finished. Overall, I really enjoyed having the kids today because I was really able to form really good relationships with them. Today in class, actually, two fourth grade students gave me bracelets which really brightened up my day. This day helped me realize that although teaching can be hard and stressful, it is ultimately fulfilling.
What a wonderfully long weekend! After some much needed rest and relaxation, we headed back to school for our “Monday.” Many of our girls missed their students and couldn’t wait to see them today. The eighth grade class this week has Spirit Week, so we get to see all kinds of different outfits. Eighth and 7th grade are working on repairing the XO computers that some students in the fourth had brought in. The students learned how to replace screens and keyboards. It’s always awesome to see them excel at the different tasks we set them to. They are all willing to try each new lesson, and they have all been quite successful at each task. The girls have been impressed by their students’ abilities and are having a great time encouraging their students.
The fourth grade class went well today. Emma taught the students how to make a joystick, and the kids are doing a great job following along and completing each task. Some students need more encouragement than others, but the girls are flexible and work with the students to help them out.
On our way home we stopped at our potential dining spot for Friday, and the girls did not want to leave. It’s a beautiful resort with no bugs! Some looked up how much it is to stay there and realized why we aren’t staying there. I think being at our resort has been really good for our girls. It’s opened eyes to how nice it is to be bug free and have the everyday luxuries that we take for granted. It’s also opened eyes to what life is like for many many people in the world, and the girls have commented on more than one occasion how appreciative they are for what they have. It’s great to see/hear them take away small life lessons that they weren’t necessarily expecting to learn.