End of Week 1-Begin Week 2: ENGAGE!!!

I didn’t get nearly as much stuff done as I wanted to this weekend. Then again, some really awesome stuff happened though! We pretty much fully planned out our entire after-school programs for the school year, so I’m super excited about that. Jaime will be headlining the more crafty classes, one being a sort of “Make & Take” and the other focusing on basic 3D printing and using the laser cutter. Charlie and I will be doing a more focused version of the Young Gamers Summer Camp, focusing on cooperative competitive video games. I would like to do an Arduino class, but I fear I may not have the time to learn as much as I would need to in order to properly teach the class.

If I do end up being confident enough in my skill to teach it though, I would really emphasize on learning how to teach yourself. People are scared to look up new information. I am included in my rather broad statement. In all seriousness though, I think that is the most important skill we could have, and the point of every cliche quote about not being afraid of failure and seizing the day gets lost because most people can’t look between the lines and apply that to themselves, they just say, “Oh man, that sounds so deep!”

The question is, how does one teach someone how to teach themselves? I guess you can teach discipline and patience, and also ways to obtain information. You can teach people about courage and self-awareness and hope that they will become better people for it, but that’s the thing with people, isn’t it? You can’t really know whether you did your job if that’s what you’re trying to teach.

One thing I can work on in this class is advancing with the basic curriculum of course, which is teaching them how to program, but one thing I really want to work on is putting certain people in leadership roles. We have a few students that think they would be good leaders, but they don’t know how to follow. Then we have a couple calm and collected students who don’t ever get a word in the conversation, let alone get a chance to lead the group towards a goal. This group needs work, and I have one week to do it. I have my work cut out for me, but this is awesome. I’m really excited to be doing this, and I really hope the kids and parents are having fun with this.

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