Thursday, February 17, 2011

Cartoon Character Prep Lab

Today we had our prep lab for Lab 2.  The theme for Lab 2 is Cartoon Characters.  I thought that the theme was Comic Books so I made a superhero based game, but luckily it still fits in with the Cartoon theme.  In lab, we practiced a few of our games so that we could try to work all of the kinks out before we get to St. Mary's.  After that we went down to the classroom and went over how to answer and post the questions for the Lab 1 writeup.

Now onto more fun stuff...

The pictures from Lab 1 at St. Mary's are up!

I sure am glad that I'll look more normal next time we go to St. Mary's.  The only good thing about the hair is that it made it easy to find my pictures in the web album

Monday, February 7, 2011

1st Lab at St. Mary's

I was kind of freaked out to just get thrown into the middle of things at St. Mary's.  The snow day last week kind of messed things up because I didn't have a chance to learn how things are run.  As nerve racking as it was, it was also a lot of fun.  The kids are funny and have an incredible amount of energy.  I learned pretty quickly that real students don't really like to sit still and listen to directions.  This seems like it would be obvious but after doing a lot of peer teaching the last couple of years I guess I expected the kids to act older than they are. 

My group had a lot of fun with the kids.  We started off by playing a bunch of different tag games with them.  I was shocked when it was finally my turn to teach and the kids said that they were sick of playing tag.  I didn't know that was possible.  Also, my idea for Snack Tag (a variation of TV tag) seemed like a good idea in my head, but I realized that kids are much more willing to shout the name of their favorite TV show rather than the name of a healthy snack.

Overall I'd say that I learned a lot today and I feel a little bit more comfortable for next time.