Here is one of the skits that my 9th grade health class did when we were going over the refusal skills section of the book. I thought the students had a lot of fun with these skits and it wasn’t just the same stuff we typically do in class. Some groups got really into it and others had a hard time not laughing the whole time. We had small groups of two so that everyone had to participate and have a part in their situation they made up. Some had similar situations and others had some really creepy situations. Throughout their skits my students used a lot of refusal skills such as offer an alternative, say no, and walk away. I thought the students did a great job on these and will use role play more in the future.
My first few weeks at Wadena have been a lot of fun and very eye opening. Having three different teachers to work under has been a little difficult because all of them do things a little differently. I have learned a lot of new activities I haven’t heard of that I can use in both the elementary and the high school. I have also been exposed to a lot more different behavior issues that I haven’t been use to handling. I got to experience a student with a disability have a break down which was interesting to watch my teacher to see how to handle those types of situations in a classroom and to keep all the other kids active in class. I have found that there are a lot of tears in the elementary, and quite a bit of attitude in the high school. I have noticed that when I am teaching I need to be more direct and specific, and break things down more for some students to understand because a lot of the time the language I am using makes sense to me but students tend to take things more literally. Like when I was explaining how to do their sit ups and have their partner hold their feet, they literally put their feet in the air for their partner to hold instead of holding them on the ground. I am starting to take over a little more and more in each class and I look forward to what the rest of my student teaching experience will be like. I do have to say I have become a pro at tying 1st and 2nd graders shoes.