The statement that educators tend to make is “learning from their students”, and as a PE instructor, I’m learning so much from my children. Today I facilitated several activities with the first graders, but the activity that spoke to me, was duck, duck, goose. I don’t know why I felt a certain comfort while teaching and playing with the children, but it reminded me of my childhood and how fun games like these were. When I compare these children and children from Chicago, there are one similarity and so many differences. The similarity would possibly be age, but it is a harsh reality the difference of resources. Most children in the U.S don’t play these games anymore, rather use the technology that they are now accustomed to. I’m not arguing that the children are not enjoying their childhood, but I guess it is more about realizing the little things that can create happiness.
It is humbling to see the children here, and how non-materialistic they are. I gave out a few prizes (pencils, books, colors, etc) and they were so excited. They were so thankful and happy to get such a meaningless item to some, but for them it was as though they have gotten something so expensive. It warms my heart to hear their laughs and see their smiles, nothing can really beat this feeling, and I’m truly blessed to be in this trip with the group and experience moments like these. For now I will continue to educate the children and laugh while playing duck, duck, goose.