We completed our virtual lesson plan, going through the edits and submitted it. We then did a run through of the lesson, mapping out who is saying what.
Colored and chatted/caught up with my mentee. We discussed school, parents, social justice, self care, music. So fun! Made a list of some activities we'll do going forward like a coloring personality project and journaling.
Asylum Works session with planning and debriefing afterwards
I researched all about Lemon Balm and put it onto both formats of canva.
Today we started off with the ice breaker, "what is the most valuable resource we have?" This was to lead us into the presentation/theme that Te Guio had for us today which was Time Management. My mentee was a little late because she was working with her teacher/advisor on her Trinity College interview, which she finished and turned in, so I was super proud of her. We had a mini zoom celebration and then we talked about how her week went. Then we got into the Time Management presentation, and went through the slides, discussing various points they made together. The PPT talked about the importance of getting organized and prioritizing, it had advice and tips about how to effectively manage your schedule well (responsibilities at home and school vs. break time with friends, family or alone vs. work), and it delved into what can happen without a well managed schedule (procrastination, negative emotions, fatigue, etc.). We talked about these points within our own daily lives as students, and with living at home (having family chores to do everyday as well). Evelyn and I talked about how her time management and priorities have changed/haven't changed since the pandemic hit, and it was interesting comparing and contrasting her routines. Lastly, we started working on Evelyn's time chart and log, to create weekly schedules for her, as a way to help her get organized with school, work on the weekends, family life, and friend/chill time. Both of us need to work on our procrastination habits, so we talked about that a little bit more as well.
Tutoring with kids from DC schools. Loved teaching Tyson!
Helped students edit and draft their papers on the subject of decolonization.
Worked with World Cultures class to help edit their final essays. Great experience and really appreciated working with Ms. Emily and her students!
I received this message from my mentee this morning "heyy.. i realized i forgot about [redacted] i’m so sorry ms. faith. a lot has been going on in my [redacted]. i’m stressed like crazy and i work every day. i couldn’t login to google classroom for a week so my school assignments are just piling up and i’m trying my best to manage them. but i’m doing good and ready to talk whenever you are".
I instantly called my student and assured her that no matter what age or in what part of life someone is, they can lose track of their work or become stressed. I reminded her that school is a priority and some things are beyond our control. We then came up with a game plan to makeup her missing assignments. I then called various offices in her school (they were very unresponsive like she expressed). I finally received some email addresses for teachers and made them aware of her challenges. I also checked in with her every two hours to make sure she was making progress. I gave her some resources to find definitions that are broken down further and has examples. I spent the entire day calling, and emailing, and waiting, and replying.
I hand-wrote a chocolate chip cookie recipe for my student in Spanish, along with a little goodbye/thank you message. I'm sending this to Bessi and her mom along with some bags of chocolate I had in my fridge, old Spanish to English flashcards, an old coloring book, and coloring pencils that I had in my house, in a package for this last week of our sessions. I will be sending it through my local post office tomorrow.
Attended the Holiday Party/2020 wrap up meeting with YWCA board members and CEO, program directors, tutors, and other volunteers and mentors. Was really interesting to hear about the process of transitioning all programming to the virtual realm from the perspectives of both directors and employees as well as participants in the GED program.