Went wellSeptember 7, 2006
I volunteered in Sierra’s class today and it went pretty well. The teacher did kind of get on me for not helping a kid write his “a.” He wasn’t writing it correctly and I was waiting for him to finish the letter he was working on when the teacher thought I should grab his hand and do it for him. They are sitting on the floor and with my bad back I just had a hard time with that. I even mentioned to the teacher when she assigned me to that station that I couldn’t do a lot on the floor with the kids because of my back.
The kid who was having a problem with the letter “a.” Doesn’t speak English, either. He speaks Assryian and so that made it really difficult to try to communicate. I know some Spanish, but that really didn’t help me in this situation.
I tried to keep an open mind and stay positive. The teachers did get in a bit of a misunderstanding in the beginning of the class. I couldn’t be there the whole day, only 2 hours. I am going to try and go every Thursday.
Even though I am pointing out the negative here, I wasn’t really trying to watch for it. I was just trying to get a feel for the class as a whole and I think that the teacher did a fine job.
So, what Tony had told me from his experience and what I observed were completely different, from black to white. Odd, huh?
Another interesting thing is that one of the little girls asked me not to leave. She told me I was the class helper, their friend and that I had to stay. I told her I would come back to help next week.