Today in class we did four major things. First, we participated in lounge and the emotions that the students shared were varied. Some people were feeling positive and others negative.The words chosen ranged from irritated and contemplative to relieved and comfortable. Usually in class, lounge takes a while because everybody talks slowly and they have a lot to say, causing the students who aren't talking to stray their attention away from the speaker and lose focus. So, today Ms Priester suggested that we go a little faster, that way people pay better attention and things move quicker.
Next, we played a game called "Honey, If You Love Me, You'll Give Me a Smile." I noticed that every student was engaged and having fun. This activity was different from all the other games we played because usually, there is at least one person who does not participate, giving off bad energy. It seemed to me, that every student was having fun and no one was forced to cooperate.
Then, Ms. Priester assigned us a text to read to help us get ideas for a mentor program we're trying to start at SPA. We had to do the activity with a partner, but instead of us choosing our own partner, Ms. Priester assigned us them by seeing what things we had in common. While we read the text, we highlighted things that stood out to us that we could actually do here at SPA. We also annotated things like questions, concerns, or comments. During this activity, I noticed that everyone worked pretty well with each other and they were communicating their ideas with each other. I noticed that some students were goofing around, but with some redirecting from Ms. Priester, they got back on track.
Lastly, as a class, we had a discussion about the text we read and the points that we pulled from it. I think the discussion went very well. I noticed that most students were engaged and had a lot to say. I also saw that some students were being leaders and making sure everyone had a chance to talk. Overall, I think today's class went very well and that is was productive.