Who are you? (Day 1)

It was pretty hard to get up this morning, but once I was up, I was running around getting everything ready last minute. The class was meeting at 9:30 in Constitution Lot and I got there right on time. I usually hate driving more than an hour anywhere, but the trip went by a lot quicker than I expected. We got to the hostel and after putting away our stuff, most of the girls went to Lexington Market to get some food. Then we went back to the hostel to get a review of what we had to do and then decided to walk over to Midtown Academy together. I noticed that the two sides of the hostel seem like completely different neighborhoods. The neighborhood around Midtown seemed much wealthier than the area around Lexington. It was really weird because it seemed like there were two different worlds within 20 minutes of each other.

Anyway, so we finally get to the school (I really hope I never have to walk there by myself because I’d probably end up getting lost) and the assistant principal talks to us for a bit. Then we went around and observed a couple classrooms. We went to see kindergarteners, first-graders, third-graders and a drum beat class. The kindergarteners didn’t sit still very well, but they were so eager to participate. I was really impressed by the presentations by the third-graders. We only got to see one full presentation, but she was really knowledgeable about her topic. She was talking about Dr. Ben Carson and at the end, one of her classmates asked her how he did the brain surgery, and she explained a step by step process of how he separated a Siamese twins. Overall, all the kids were very willing to participate in their class, which surprised me.

Then it was finally time for the College and Career Institute. Our theme for the day was ‘Who are you?’ and we did activities that focused a lot on their activities. The kids were really well-behaved and listened well, but also funny. Here are some first impressions of them: Maya likes to make people laugh. She seems close with Jasmyne and also talks a lot with Taylor. Ivan participates a lot, but he doesn’t seem as confident in himself as he should be. Kalyn is still pretty quiet. Rodney is pretty laid-back. They’re all so fun loving though, which is evident by the picture I took today. They really loved the photo thing. We gave them their cameras today and they had some pretty good creative ideas about what to take pictures of. I’m also just really glad they all seem to get along well with each other. They also got really excited when we had them show us around the school and it was really awesome to see how much they got into it. I’m really excited to see what their pictures will develop into!

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