It's so incredible how different the teaching style is from teaching a group of kindergarteners rather than teaching a group of 2nd through 6th graders. The kindergarterners are wild. Their attention span really maxes out at under a minute so you have to be sure to keep your rules for your games short and to the point. The older kids on the other hand, they have a little bit more control and do a better job listening. This week I was with the older group. They have absolutely zero filters when it comes to talking to you. The things they were saying were nothing you could expect. Once we got to the gym it was a little more complicated, they wanted to run around and do their own thing until we brough out the scooters...that quickly got their attention. Unfortunetly, time had run out before I got to teach my game but I gained a different experience from this lab.
One of the girls in our group recently had a surgery and wasn't able to play any games that involved to much movement. This was my first experience with this type of situation and I couldn't be happier it happened. We played catch for about 35 minutes, she had all these crazy stories to share and before she left she thanked me for paying attention to her because she "normally has to play by herself." Talk about an amazing feeling, knowing you helped a kid and all it took was a little attention.