Thursday, Adrienne and I had a conference call with the national behavior specialist from City Year about our class and how we could try and support our teacher in behavior management. I think it was helpful, but it's going to require a lot of work. I definitely don't think our class is long gone or hopeless. In fact, I've said from the beginning that, with some good behavior management from our teacher, I think these kids could be pretty well behaved. None of their behavior is really bad, it's all just nit picky things like getting out of their seats or talking without raising their hands. With some consequences for their actions and some engaging lessons, we could have a pretty successful class. Hopefully some of the stuff we talked about on Thursday will help move us towards that.
Yesterday was Friday and we had an awesome schedule. At other sites, some Fridays are all service based. I volunteered at thrift stores and food banks last year, which offered a nice change of pace occasionally. Yesterday, we had the chance to do kind of the same thing here. Care Force is a group of senior corps members who travel across the country doing service with our national sponsors. Basically, companies like CSX and Aramark pay for them to come and host a service day with their employees in different countries. Super cool! Anyways, CSX was having a service day this weekend and Care Force needed help prepping for the day, so we went and helped out. I'm not big on physical service. but it can be fun occasionally and is definitely needed. We were at a middle school and I was in the group that was helping to build benches. We were just building the legs of the benches and then the volunteers today were going to put them all together.
kayAfter our morning of service, we went back to the office. We had our community meeting for staff and senior corps. It was nothing compared to our one last year, but it was still fun. I love community meetings because you learn so much about everyone and you get to hear about everyone's service. People's joys, ripples and starfish stories always make me tear up. The Jackson High School team is next up, so we'll have to start planning that which is going to be interesting. I am sure it's going to be a lot of work, but it was so much fun to plan last year. We have two months until it's scheduled, so that should be plenty of time (hopefully).
It was a good week overall. I'm still frustrated with the classroom situation, but hopefully with some work, it'll get better. Happy weekend friends!