Day 1: Nov 20
I have been assigned as an EA to the Physical Education Department of the Jockey Club Sarah Roe School. Today, I engaged with the young children in various activities like playing tag, catch, basketball and going for a jog around the school. I was doing this throughout the day from 9:00am-2:30pm. As I have handled many young children before, I thought that this would not much different. However I was wrong. Handling children with special needs is a difficult task, especially when they are doing P.E because we cannot shout or scold them for not doing a certain activity, and I had to be extremely patient with the children and not get angry with them for not listening to me. For example, while we were jogging, there was this kid who was not jogging and just walking and no matter how many times I told him to speed up, he would not. So I had to be patient and walk slowly with him to make sure he would not get lost around the campus.
The staff were very welcoming and helped me a lot in terms of giving tips on how to handle the children, answering various questions I had and also making sure that I was always engaged with the students while doing the activities. I was told to not help the children much in tasks which they had to complete as the school wants the students to build their self management skills and tries to give minimal help.
Author: Aryan Sethi