Pros: free lunch, playing with kids, a walk to and from home, weekends off
Cons: was only part time, only 9 months out of the year.
Everyday all of the coaches would meet with our Superior and discuss they daily plans. This included, who would need to double up if a coach was absent, who was going to the gym, what was being served for lunch, and what was expect from us at the end of the day. Everyday was different, there was routine... but with 20 children in a class, nothing can ever be executed to the tee.
Daily as the children arrived, I ensured they respected the facility we were allowed to use. This meant, hanging up their coats, placing their book bags in a line along the wall, not yelling, no running. Once the group was settled, it was time for homework. I required they each finish at least 1 sheet before asking to receive a snack. If they didn’t have home work they were asked to help a schoolmate or read a book and draw a picture based on what they read. As each child claimed to finish, I checked homework. When finished, as a team we cleaned our mess, put books in book bags, and went to the days activity.
Some days we went outside to practice, to the auditorium to listen to a story, or to the classroom to sharpen their reading and writing skills. When outside, sharing, caring and playing fairly were emphasized. Taking turns and being a good friend was only a piece to the puzzle of becoming a team. Days like this were a bit easier, playing nicely with children isn’t that hard. Working in the class room is where my skills really were put to work. Not every student was on the same reading level, an assessment was carried out to see who was compatible with whom. Then I created smaller teams of groups who could choose to either write, read or draw stories to read to the class on the upcoming Friday.
Overall it was a great experience, I really enjoyed working with the children and being a strong part of their self esteem boost.