Today was our first day of CL for the next three weeks. We were all very excited.
At the beginning of the day we asked ourselves two questions. One of them was, 'Why do we need to know other people's names?' The second was, 'What is the difference between working with people you know and don't know?' We discussed this as a class, and in pairs to come up with various conclusions. We thought it was important to know each other's names so that the person feels cared and respected. When you work with someone you know, you are probably going to rely on them more than you usually would or should but if you are working with someone you don't know then you are probably going to participate better. Also, you will probably work faster.
Once we had written this down in our journals, Miss Tamara told us something very interesting. We all knew that we would be going bowling at Orion Mall with 6 children from Sparsha but what we didn't know was that we would have to perform a 'task' depending on the number of bowling pins we knocked down. The purpose of this was to get everyone to interact with each other and come together as a team. There were certainly a lot of waves and Macarenas around the alley!
We got on the buses at around 10:15 and went to pick up the kids. They were all really polite and kind. We introduced ourselves and talked for a little while. When we arrived at Orion Mall we went straight to the bowling alleys. It took a while to divide into 6 lanes and distribute the bowling balls, but we managed. It was the first time the children from Sparsha had played, yet they surprised everyone with their skills! As we bowled we gave each other bowling tips and helped each other out. We cheered everyone on.
When we were all tired and our time was up, we surprised the kids from Sparsha with McDonalds! They all seemed quite happy with this decision. We all ate on the bus and were back at school at around 1:45, although it was hard to keep track of time as we were all having so much fun. We said goodbye to the Sparsha children and then did some quick reflection and journal writing. Ananya, the interviewer for the day, interviewed a few of us quickly.
I think we all had a rather enjoyable day with the Sparsha children; Anandhi, Lakshmi, Gowri, Sonu, Anthony and Divakr. I am sure we can't wait to see them again. We learn't that although we might be from different backgrounds or lead different lives we can still get on really well. Also, learning everyone's name mean't that we felt we had a connection with them, and knew them better.