1. How has your first round of KinderPals gone?
2. What were some differences between the two experiences (AM and PM)?
3. How did you improve your skills as a KinderPal from the first experience to the second?
4. In what specific ways did you help improve your students' self-esteem?
5. Why should other schools do a program similar to KinderPals? Is it worth the time spent?
1. I think it went pretty well, and both KinderPals I met seemed relatively comfortable with a stranger asking them questions about what they like to do and what not, but I could see that afterwards they knew some new things that they are really good at.
2. In the PM class, our KinderPal was more shy, but wanted to do more active games, and in the AM class, our KinderPal was a lot more confident communicating with us and talking about what she was good at, and mostly wanted to read and color.
3. I tried to be a little less talkative the second time and a little more eager to talk about what I am good at and like to do. I think it puts more pressure on the Kindergartener when all of the attention from 2 people is on their own skills, abilities, and hobbies.
4. My partner and I tried to compare their "incredible" skills to our own "very bad" skills to tell them that they are better at us in the areas that they are confident in, and show them that if they practice, they could get even better than they already are, and we tried to encourage them to continue practicing and tell them that they are so good at all of the things they like to do.
5. Yes. It is a great experience for 5th graders, and kindergarteners in lots of different ways. It improves self esteem, and confidence in their own ways.