My first day at Lindale school in Moosejaw was an exciting one, for myself and for Dustan. As soon as we walked into the school there were kids everywhere whispering to eachother “Oh my gosh! Its Dustan Hlady!!” There were even children waiting to get his autograph. They did not think that we were in the school to teach, but they thought we were going to talk to them about politics. I was even asked what party I represent! It was very interesting to see how excited the whole school was about politics. The bulletin boards were filled with politicians and their promises. The grade 9’s in the school formed groups and came up with their own political parties and we took our grade 6/7’s to listen to each party’s platform and were able to cast our vote afterwards. I was shocked by what some of the “party’s” promised. There were many things that they said that were pretty controversial in a school setting. For example, one student said that they will legalize marijuana! But all things aside, I was happy to see that the school is transforming their students into engaged citizens!
The grade 6/7’s are definitely a handful, but they are a very eager group and are not yet in the mindset of: “I’m too cool for school.” Our introductory lesson was a hit. The students were so excited to talk about themselves and I definitely learned a lot about each student in that 30 minute time slot. My favorite part of the day was the Arts Ed. class, where the students are studying drama. Each student was asked to pick a cartoon character of their choice and they had to introduce themselves as that character. One student chose to be Map off of Dora the explorer. I have not laughed that hard in a long time!
The staff at Lindale is also very welcoming and so friendly. The principle said that we are not guests at the school, we are part of the school. If we want to take part in any school activity we are more than welcome to. That was very nice and refreshing to hear. I was even asked to help coach a volleyball practice at lunch hour and was so happy to be able to do that.
I cannot wait to return to Lindale next week with a fun and engaging Art lesson plan!