Today was the last day we had some of our classes. The goodbyes were painful but the memories will last forever. These kids showed me not just the appreciative attitude they can show, but the potential they have to offer. I have a theory that the kids who misbehave are just misunderstood. It is hard to accept that these kids are anything but great. Some of the kids even sometimes break down and cry and it shows just how much they have to distract themselves from learning. This trip has been such an experience to discover how different my education and schooling would be. As we exchanged Facebook names with many of these kids we have promised to keep in touch. The students I have with big aspirations for college I will be sure to check back in with. This trip was one of the best experiences I have ever had and working with the kids outweighed all the bug bites. It is hard to go into specifics of everything that happened today because a lot of time was devoted to saying our goodbyes to the kids we have been working with for almost two weeks. It is hard to believe how quickly this has all gone by and as much as I want a warm shower I will miss this so much.
A quick side note- I hope you are all loving these blogs because my breakfast was not even the first priority the following morning as posting was more important.
Today was our last day of teaching some of the kids. In our 8th grade class, some of the kids did not come because they did not have to go to any classes today. The ones who did show up (3) worked with me taking apart the old Lenovo computers. They seemed like they were having fun destroying them. Since we did not technically have a class during this period, some of our 4th graders came down and played on the computers with Sarah. She showed them a website called code.org. When class was over we had a long break, so many the girls of our group went to get smoothies and shakes. I stayed behind with the teachers and worked on some lessons. I did not get much done because the 4th graders came back and wanted to play with me. They played with my hair and I let them take my camera to take pictures. (Check out the photo gallery to see!) A little boy named Peter came in too. He usually comes by to play on Linda’s phone and if she is not there he plays on Sarah’s. Today Linda had gone to get a smoothie and Sarah’s phone was already occupied by one of the 4th graders so Peter played on my laptop and started drawing on my Etoys lesson. I had finally just given up on trying finishing it. I saved what I had and let him make a drawing. We all played around until it was time to go to the 4th graders’ classroom. I walked up with the 4th graders to their class. We taught them Scratch again today, but this time we taught them how to make a dance. I showed them how-to up on the Smart board. After their class we had the 6th graders. My group was finishing up making their Etoys projects. I was teaching them how to make a game and an animation. Right after their class we had the 7th graders. This class was their last class with us so we were pretty much allowed to do anything along the lines of Etoys/Scratch stuff. There were 2 Lenovo computer left so I grabbed one for my group to take apart. I had two girls in my group and they loved it. One of the girls wanted to save the fan that was inside of the computer and the other wanted to save the keyboard. When there was only about 20 minutes left of class we all traded Instagram names and took lots of pictures. (And also, of course, gave lots of hugs.)
We cleaned up, got in the car, and drove home. On the way home we were talking about how we should go to the beach, since it would be our last day because we won’t have time tomorrow to go to the beach. When we got home we signed up for dinner and breakfast then ran back to our cabin to hurry up and change into our bathing suits. I got out to the beach and it wasn’t sunny and the water was cold because it had rained today. I turned right back around and went back to the cabin to work on my lesson. Sarah came back awhile later and told me she left because it started raining and that the other girls were still swimming. Katie B. came back awhile later after that. When Katie B. went to go shower, it started pouring rain. I think this will be the first night that I will have to wear my rain coat to dinner. Well as my dad always said to me, “there is always a first time for everything.”
Your girls are definitely learning to be flexible! Breakfast every morning is always a surprise. The food is always delicious, but the timing is never the same. Today was our second day eating on the go, and the girls have been awesome with being flexible about it. It’s not the best way to start our days, but your daughters make it work!
Thursday of 8th grade Spirit Week is Teacher day. The students drew a name from a bag (previously during the week) and chose which teacher they would be dressing as and teaching for. This meant our 8th grade morning class was a total of two students, the “teacher” and one student. Our “teacher” wasn’t going to be teaching anything, so we had those students work on taking apart the Lenovo Thinkpads. Emma worked with them on this, and they went to town on those poor laptops! The students took apart everything they possibly could. We also had quite a few wandering 7th and 4th grade students. We’re still not sure why they weren’t in class, but we just went with it. The 7th grade students worked on the Thinkpads, and the 4th grade students tried their hand at Code.org with Sarah to help answer questions. They did a phenomenal job scripting games and solving problems, especially since they weren’t really required to be there.
The other girls worked on finishing and/or editing their lessons on cholera and AIDS, and we had what felt like a nice long lunch break, some getting smoothies, some going out to lunch. We’ve had many of our younger students visiting us on our breaks, exchanging Facebook and Instagram information. No one wants to leave these sweet students! They are constantly showering the girls with hugs, saying they don’t want them to leave. We’ve also seen different sides of our students. Occasionally they come in really upset about something that happened at home or previously at school. This has really affected the girls; their hearts just break to see their kids so down and sad, and today we had some tears. Your daughters have grown to love and really care about their students. It’s been awesome to watch as they teach but also care for and love their small charges. They have stepped up in their roles as teachers; it’s been a great two weeks.
After school we headed back to our campground for our last afternoon at the beach. We tried to get some sun, but the rain decided to hang out longer than we wanted. The girls are excited about being home and seeing family, friends, and pets!