Being a TA at an arts summer camp is fun and a new experience. The kids here are very diverse and when you hang out with them for a little bit, you learn new things from them. I was sitting with a group of kids that go to the same school. They taught another TA and I how to play a new game. They were so excited to be teaching new people how to play some of their favorite made up games.
Ms. Nelson presented the kids with a question of the day that was announced this morning; “What are some things you can say or do to make someone’s day better?” I find that sometimes people, especially artists, can use confident boosts every once in a while. Some suggestions I would have would be to compliment someone, sit next to someone that’s sitting alone, help someone when they look lost, and tell someone a funny story if they’re feeling down. These are just some things you can do to make another person’s day better at camp.
After breakfast, when I went to my class, I found out that both the teacher and the other TA for the creative writing class weren’t here today (Miss Zaryah came in to cover). It’s very nerve wracking to try to teach a class, even with three kids, and make sure that they’re still learning something new that’s useful. You don’t want to bore the kids, but you also want to make the kids have fun. I just want the kids to know that even though the teacher isn’t there, we can still have fun in an educational way. All I could ask for is the kids to look up to me and think that class was still entertaining that day.
For the second class, I was sitting in a classroom, when the short film class came in asking if they could use the room set up for a scene. It’s exciting watching a different class when they’re doing things in their element that they enjoy. You can see how many tries it took to film one scene. Watching the behind the scenes and the process it takes before getting the final product is amazing.
We are almost halfway done with the first session of camp. I’ve heard of some of the things that the classes have been doing.When I hear some story about the kids in their classes from other TA’s, I forget that these kids are no older than fourteen. The kids here are just too talented for their ages, and I can’t wait to see what will be presented in the showcase.
It's Friday! The last day of the first week of camp. Today is also when we’ll pull names from the raffle boxes and see who the lucky winners are. This is a weekly event that happens at lunch time on Fridays. Up for grabs this week are a Hawaiian shirt photo album, perfume, journals, stickers, and much more. We wish good luck to all the people who’ve entered into the raffle this week.
Also, we’d like to remind everyone that next week, Thursday, July 14th is our first showcase. The campers will be displaying and performing all that they’ve been working on this week. We’re excited to see what they have prepared in this first session.
Briyana and Athena