Session 2: Soles and Somes
The kids were excited and chatted happily. Usually all at the same time, so that hearing and following was difficult! They were thrilled that I ‘remembered’ their names and could greet them one by one. In reality, I had written them all down and sought assistance in how to pronounce them! Everyone from last week came back plus a few more. The technician who was present last week was at another SOLE this week and there was a different dynamic with no adult present. Or perhaps they were just more relaxed the second time around. Several times during the session, they moved the webcam around so that my view was choppy or I found myself looking at the tops of their heads, a close-up hand or even the ceiling. On the plus side, they figured out how to call me back when we lost connection and how to turn the video back on, when it went off a few times. On my end, I have worked out how to share partial screen only, so that I can still see their reactions to what I show them.
Most of what I planned didn’t really work or was abandoned en route as it didn’t feel right. I need to remind myself that this isn’t a class, and the plan doesn’t matter! It’s about making a connection with these cute kids and what we can learn from each other. They seem to relish the interaction with someone so different from them and I love the opportunity to engage with kids in a setting so different from my usual one. Already, after the second session, I am beginning to feel more comfortable and to see how, in spite of all the differences, they are in many ways just like the kids I teach. There was one point at which we were simply making faces at each other (it started by accident) and laughing together… and one girl spontaneously said ‘You’re so nice, Ma’am’. I’ll be back!