Lucas Salame’s Reflection

In the month of August, I helped out with a kids day camp in Hawaii. The organization is called Kukio, it is a gated community, but it offers many day camps for kids. My friend and I were in charge of the basketball section, so twice a week we had a two hour session with about 12 kids ranging from 6-12 years old. During this time we helped the kids work on their mechanics and made sure they had the proper basketball fundamentals. As well as this, we taught them about good sportsmanship. We also had to take care of the kids, which was incredibly hard. The kids we taught were not very well behaved, but it helped me develop my patience. Through experiencing teaching a group of kids for the first time, it made me understand how hard it is to be a good teacher. This gave me a lot of sympathy for teachers who have to deal with a large group of young kids who find it hard to listen. I also developed a good connection to some of the kids that I taught, they listened to my teaching, and thoroughly enjoyed the camp. When the children listened and had fun, it created a great environment. But when they were misbehaving and not paying any attention to me, it created a pretty bad environment. Overall, I had a great time teaching these kids, and I learned a lot from them. Hopefully next time I go out and teach basketball I will be better and all the kids will listen to me.

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