I cannot believe all that I’ve done and seen in these past three weeks. And yet, in the blink of an eye, I’m finished! So, a final summary of the three weeks:
This week the students were supposed to present their safety skits (because the videotaping did not work, as the students that were practicing kept getting in the way of the filming, and outdoors it was too hard to hear and record their voices). However, the first presentation turned into a silly display of goofiness on the play structure, and was not focused or educational at all. The students in the “audience” were distracted and then laughing at their comedic acting and trying to join in on the play structure. I had watched these students practice their skit and it was very good. I believe if I had videotaped them they would not have changed their plans to entertain their peers alone. With all factors combined, we decided to return to the classroom and have students present the findings they had written down to their peers. It was not nearly as beneficial or exciting, and both the students and I were disappointed. In the future I would definitely record the videos ahead of time and individually (my coop teacher suggested inviting an older student or parent volunteer to film while I organized a game in the field for all of the other students). This way they could be monitored more easily, too. Certainly a great learning experience for me, and all in all, I think the students understood exactly what they were meant to. Now I can’t wait for internship—I am no longer petrified of it!
On my last day, we had a Dr. Seuss party which my coop and I had worked very hard to prepare. The students had a blast. My coop also had the students (while I was “conveniently” out of the room for an hour) write me reference letters. They were absolutely adorable. One student wrote, “Please don’t hire her away from us! We like her here!” Note in the above I “even help!” 🙂 They also signed a Dr. Seuss book and gave me a bucket filler book. Of course, I also got many hugs. It was such a rewarding experience and I am going to miss each of them! They were the best class and best coop a person could ask for!