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I have survived two days of teaching lego robots. It was not as bad as I feared, but it is very very exhausting.

I'm really thankful for the two teachers in the classroom. They know what they're doing and that makes everything so much easier. Today when the kids were acting up and not listening, one of the teachers started a game of "If you can hear me, [touch your nose/wiggle your fingers/stand on one foot]" until she had everyone's attention. I thought it was brilliant.

I've been given a lot of opportunities to give lessons in the class myself, which is terrifying but also good practice in public speaking. On the first day, I taught the students good practices for writing programs (plan it out before you start coding) and how to use the lego software. Today I talked about being a scientist and recording your data. Tomorrow I'm going to talk about rubber duck debugging.

This first week is a bit of learning what to do as I go along. Hopefully next week will go smoother and then I won't be so tired every night.

But so far, so good! There's been no complaints about me and I think I'm doing a pretty good job!

Date: 2014-07-09 05:01 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] laura47.livejournal.com
yay! that is pretty intimidating work and it sounds like you are doing well!

Date: 2014-07-09 11:48 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] holytoastr.livejournal.com

Children are pretty scary and exhausting, but I lucked out in that all these kids want to be at the camp so they're fairly good about behaving. The job is mostly just channeling their excitement towards the learning goals of the camp.



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