This summer, I once again leaped into a group of young students and guided them through classes, led them to each room, and made sure they were well behaved. I worked with incoming 4th graders again this time, who were between 8 and 9 years old. It is an age that brings more maturity as well as immaturity. I soon learned this as they tackled more advanced material in their science, art, and writing classes while never failing to fool around in the process. I was group leader this year (each class is given 3-4 aides, and one of them who has the most experience and/or is the oldest is assigned this title), giving me the responsibility to lead lines and make sure my fellow group mates weren’t fooling around with the students.
Of course, each day was never perfect. I fail to bring the students together in lines efficiently, we arrive to classes late, and so on. Sometimes certain students can be too difficult to handle. But they were extremely enjoyable to work, play, and talk with. Some students I recognized from the beginning due to teaching them two years ago, and I was able to reconnect with familiar faces and meet new ones. Overall, another month long experience under my belt that I will treasure for quite a while.