First and foremost, I would like to thank Jazzy Jess for giving me the opportunity to blog about our first official experience interacting with learners.
So let us begin…
Our cohort was greeted by a very energized and welcoming “good morning” chant as we approached the entrance of a summer school program on Wednesday, July 16th. Once in, we found ourselves engaged in a morning ritual known as Harambee. Harambee is where all of the “scholars” of the program, and their “servant leaders” come together and get pumped about learning, pumped about life, and pumped about being who they are. They do this through chant, song, and motivational discourse. This was a great chance to really embrace a bit of the culture our students will be coming from, so we are able to incorporate it in to our camp.
Afterwards, we started preparing to meet our future campers. Our goal was to get an understanding of these learners’ prior knowledge of science, in order for us to provide the campers with a more enriched experience.
Alanna and I focused on how the students observed different samples of water, what questions they asked, and what characteristics they used to define “good” water and “bad” water.
Jessica and Jillian focused on the learners’ experiences with graphs, while Ryan and Kaitlin introduced the area’s waterways, and looked in to the students’ prior knowledge of this content.
Ceb and Eric wanted to see who the students considered scientists, and if they potentially viewed themselves as scientist.
I was caught up in mine and Alanna’s presentation, therefore I am going to use a quote from an email sent by Jo Ann to sum up the Cohorts overall performance:
“Hey Team… you brought your A game today… very proud of the thought, effort, materials management, creativity you demonstrated in your first official GRS outing with learners. The Freedom School learners were engaged 100% of the time in each of the stations.”
Good job team, and good job professors for getting us to the point where we could be successful with our first interaction with students. I feel we all had a lot of “take away” from this day. Many pluses we would like to continue, and arrows we would like to capitalize on, and make better.