Wednesday, May 27, 2009

The Capital of Zimbabwe is...

So today I volunteered at the Ben Franklin Math and Science Academy on N. 6th street.  My sister's friend's mom is a sixth grade teacher there and asked me if I would like to come in and help out.  The Math and Science Academy is comprised of two classes each for 5th through 8th graders and a seperate school from the other k-8th graders at BF.  The kids are incredibly talented and gifted.  My job was to help them with their International "nations" projects... Each group was assigned a country and had to research and create a display of their country. I helped groups with Japan, Zimbabwe, Indonesia, and China.  It was so much fun getting to know each of the kids and get a taste of the fast past life at Ben Franklin.  Seriously--it was nonstop, but so much fun! Other teachers came into the conference room where we were working and asked me to take a look at their board, sent in their own kids to help, or asked for help. It was a little weird whenever a teacher would refer to me as "the artist" but even weirder when one of the kids called me "Mr. Jimmy". Talk about feeling old.  It was pretty intense, but this just further ingrained the idea that it's what I want to do after college. Each of the kids were so unique, and it was pretty remarkable how well they all got along with each other, a testament to BFMSA's unique setup and teaching techniques.

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