The ATL workshops were slightly difficult, but a good experience overall.
For the Year 7 workshop, I was glad that Josephine and I were able to engage their excited and distracted tendencies, and that the games I planned for them were fun for them to participate in. Also, they weren’t fussy about the prizes . I was also glad that I could learn from this experience, because I feel like I know more about how to handle younger teenagers and what their interests are. The comments included “It was useful and fun,” and “They are very friendly and they helped me,” showing that we were able to understand well what kind of activities they enjoy.
For the Year 12 workshop, I was happy that the classmates that participated could get something practical out of the workshop (for example, smartphone apps that shut down any distracting social media for you to focus). One of the participants said ,”I learnt a lot about how to manage my time properly, and the tools to help stop procrastination,” which made me feel glad that they could actually use it in their daily lives.
LO 1: I identified my strengths and areas for growth. I had a lot to improve. Firstly, the games we held for the Year 7s were fun, but it didn’t teach much about having a social life. I thought the activities needed more practical tips on how to be social. On the other hand, my Year 12 workshop was useful, but not interesting enough. Second, during the Year 7 workshop, one of the girls was upset that she was grouped off with boys, although this was purposely done so that they would learn to ‘socialize’. In the end, we allowed her to be with the other girls, but next time I need to improve how I handle people. Next time, I think I will try to really put myself in the Year 7s’ shoes and adapt my lessons for their interests. I should explain concepts in easy-to-understand words, and make it more fun through the way I present things. I also need to improve my presentation and oral skills, by speaking in a louder and more confident voice.
LO 2: I undertook new challenges. This was the first time I had to interact and lead such a large group of students. I improved my social and communication skills, and learnt how to construct lessons to engage them.
LO 3: I plan and initiate. I planned lessons that were both educational and interesting, and considered their interests and attention spans.
LO 5: I worked collaboratively. In the planning and leading of the workshops, I worked together with my partners.
LO 7: I considered the ethical implications of my actions. I made sure to cite all material that we used in the workshop, to use material appropriate for the young children, and to consider what different age groups do differently and what their different needs are.
I want to express my thanks to Josephine, who helped me in the running of the workshops, and gave me advice on how to plan the activities, when my partner was absent for the day.
I learnt that everyone is really unique and individual, so really when we are trying to communicate with them, we need to use different manners of speaking and attitude in each context. I also learnt that careful planning is key to successful activities. Finally, that we are not as immature or experienced as we think we were.