《声音》启明星专刊 VOICES for Daystar Academy VOICES Spring/Summer Edition 2019 - Page 31

MHS CORNER Yoyo Ren What was your service project? My service project was to help a nearby Chinese public school on their English writing, and to teach them how to write English writing with creativity, instead of the usual boring and standard formulaic of writing. I ended helping the 80th middle school of Beijing (温榆河校区). How did you prepare for your service project? For my service project, I had to create my own lesson plan for them, starting from class 1 until the end of the whole course. I had to make PowerPoints for demonstration on activities and special forms of writing, and have a close discussion with them during class. What were some of the obstacles along the way? At the early stages of our community service class, I struggled to find a nearby school that was willing to work with me, mainly because I did not contact enough people to get enough schools I can work with, which delayed my process for a long while. What do you wish you had done differently? I wish I would have started to find a contact earlier in the stages, so I could have had longer periods to take actions. It’s always better to have a longer time to prepare, and less to worry about. What have you learned from this experience? From this experience, I learned a lot in the areas of communicating and taking action. For communicating, I learned how to communicate and socialize with different kinds of people and leared to accept other’s opinions as well. I also had to take a lot of action for my project and step out of my comfort zone of just doing things for myself and learned to help others first. This project has brought me teaching experience as well, on how to work with kids/others properly without a lot of conflict. How has this experience changed you? I would say this experience has given me more of an idea how teachers feel during class when students keep on talking about subjects non-related to class. One of the things about life is you will never truly feel how others feel unless you have experienced their position as well. So now I finally understand how teachers feel when students are talking about non class-related things while they’re trying to teach. I will talk less about non class-related things in class as well. Recommendations for 6th/7th graders? I would recommend the current 6th/7th graders a few things on their subject when they work on it in their upcoming years: work on what you love, and take actions matching with the plan. The reason I worked on creative writing for public schools is because I have a passion for writing myself. It can be frustrating when you have to work on something you don’t exactly have a passion for, and it will get boring over time. When you have something you love to work on, you will treat the project with much more importance, therefore taking actions towards it. For taking action, you will have to plan a general idea of your project, and put further specifics into the project, then you will have a higher chance to do well on your project. 29