Before I started my CBSL I didn’t know what to expect. I was nervous about starting my CBSL experience when I heard what it was all about. If you recall I am working at SCEP which is a therapeutic training and play Centre. Most of the students that go here are students with either learning or behavioral problems. My initial impressions were that the students wouldn’t want anything to do with me and that it might be a bit of a challenge to connect with the students. In a way I was correct and in a way, I was wrong. Some students wanted nothing to do with me as they have their favorite staff and are pretty connected to them. Some students really enjoyed my presence and wanted me to play and work with them. Each time I have volunteered I have seemed to bond with a different student. I have become more confident each time I have volunteered. One thing that kind of surprised me was how willingly some of the students wanted me to work/play with them. One of my greatest areas of growth with my placement is realizing that you can’t always please everyone and you can’t let it bother you too much.
With this CBSL experience I have learned many things. The top three things I have learned are:
1. It is sometimes best to give students space if they are upset rather than trying to talk to them right away. When students are upset they don’t want you constantly asking them what is wrong but would rather have some space.
2. Its okay if students don’t want anything to do with you sometimes. Students wont always like having you around especially if you are telling them they are not allowed to do something.
3. You can’t always please everyone. Not everyone will be happy with the decisions you are making but you can’t let it affect the way you teach.
Two connections I have made are:
1. Once again the importance of a strong support system for students.
2. Another connection I made was how making school enjoyable for students can help them want to actually come and participate in the classroom.
One question I still have is how can we help students with an unstable home life overcome that adversity and want to come and succeed in school.