The summer holidays are drawing to an end and the pre-term jitter nerves are already beginning to surface. That being said I am looking forward to getting back to school.
I wanted to take the time to post a blog, since I’ve been pretty blog inactive all summer, about what I’ve been getting up to. If you regularly read my blog (a big thanks to those who do btw!) then you may remember a post a while ago about an interview back in April http://wp.me/p1M2a7-4X. I never got back to posting about it but I got the job 🙂 I have been spending 3 hours a day working in a youth centre as part of the Blackburn with Darwen YPS Summer Scheme. It has definitely been an experience working with 9-16 year olds as opposed to main 5-6 year olds. However, ultimately it has been a worthwhile and enjoyable one.
Discipline outside of a school setting is a totally different ball game I have realised but once you establish a good working relationship with the young people and are firm and fair they are generally OK and will listen! It has on the other hand made me appreciate the position I am in as a class room teacher; I could definitely not be a Youth Worker on a full time basis. They are owed a massive credit for the work that they do.
We (myself and the other workers) did have a lot of fun this summer getting the young people involved in a number of activities. Here, take a look:
Although I must admit it was difficult to capture their interest and get them involved with anything! We also made bracelets, which was a big hit, had pool tournaments, table tennis tournaments, Xbox tournaments, played with a giant inflatable ball and a variety of sports.
All in all it was a pretty rewarding and enjoyable summer 🙂