Saturday, November 27, 2010

Volunteer Experience

For the past three months, I've been a volunteer in a local elementary school.  I've been working in a mixed grade 1/2 classroom.  The children ranged from ages 7 to 8 years old.  Within that class, there were children that are classified as autistic and others with behavioural problems.

The class has two teachers.  One works in the morning and the other in the afternoon.  An Educational Assistant works with the children who need the extra care such as those with autistic and behavioural issues . 

In this classroom, there happened to be 3 such children. This is no simple position in my opinion that the EA has to deal with.  As anyone who has prior knowledge knows, it's not easy with the so called "regular" kids but try doing it with three who have other "disabilities". 

Anyway, I've been involved in their class on a regular basis two days a week and now it's almost over.  I can hardly believe it.  I've been having a darn good time. 

My whole experience has been a positive one.  I've enjoyed supervising them during lunch, being on the playground to watch them at play and interacting with them in the classroom.

I'm really gonna miss those little faces and miss helping them with their work.  I got used to them and learned all of their names.

I'm a little sad that it's ending but hey I'm welcoming more experiences of my choosing into my life.

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