Persuasive Essay On Volunteering In School

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Do you remember your first day of classes at college? You were nervous and did not know what to expect. You worried that your classmates or teacher would not like you. You wondered what you were going to learn in this new environment. These same thoughts were rushing through my head as I walked in on my first day of volunteering at Easterseals. I did not know what my responsibilities would be or whether the kids would even like me. But soon all my worries vanished as I was welcomed into the caring environment of classroom eleven. Easterseals is a non-profit organization that provides multiple services to the citizens of New Hampshire. The organization aims to provide services to the mentally and physically disabled as well as individuals …show more content…
I would play with the kids both in the classroom and outside on the playground with the rest of the preschoolers. The teachers I worked with, Ms. Heidi and Ms. Stephanie, would have me play with the kids in the classroom. For example, the kids and I would build structures with blocks, pretend to cook, play with playdough or I would pretend to be a patient while the kids were doctors. Before going outside, I would help the children clean up the classroom and put on their coats. Once on the playground, I would play hide and go seek, teach the children hopscotch and allow children to go down the slides on my lap. One thing I did not expect was that the children would become so attached to me or remember my name. I thought because the children were so young, about three or four years of age, that they would not remember someone that they only saw for two hours a week. Fortunately, I was wrong and the kids remembered me and were excited to see me every week. I remember on the third week I went out to the playground and one child, Max, ran up to me excitedly screaming my name. This really brightened my day because I was struggling with some personal issues with a friend. In addition, every time I entered my classroom the children all smiled and would come up and ask to play. I was pleasantly surprised to hear that the kids were asking for me …show more content…
Scaffolding is a style of teaching that matches the amount of assistance given to the learners’ need (Kail, 1998). One girl, Amelia, invited me over to do a puzzle together. Amelia needed a lot of assistance putting the puzzle together. I had to tell her multiple times that pieces with straight edges go on the side of the puzzle and to match the colors together. Eventually, she comprehended my advice and was able to complete the puzzle although it did take a while and I could tell she was frustrated. After Amelia was done with the puzzle, a boy named Corey came and asked if he could do the puzzle with me. Corey was able to put the puzzle together fairly quickly and only asked for help with a few pieces. This was a real life example of how children differ in the amount of assistance they need and of the power of scaffolding. Corey only needed a little assistance to complete the same puzzle that Amelia needed a lot of assistance with. This helped me to understand scaffolding better because I implemented it myself as I was learning about it the technique in

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