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.

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