Inquiry into Alternative Spaces

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Inquiry into Alternative Spaces

Inquiry into Alternative SpacesH.O.S.T: Hammond ElementaryRobin Garvin

H.O.S.T ExpectationsH-ave a positive attitudeO-pt for honesty S-trive for successT-eamwork* In 1990, Dr. Walter Sickles designed ASP, After School Programs.* Hillsborough County elected to follow this and designed SACC, School Age Child Care.* In 2006 the school board measured to combine the SACC and MSED, Middle School Extended Stay. These two came together and made HOST, Hillsborough County Public Schools Out-of School Time Program. * Since 2003 the elementary programs have grown to 113 sites. Middle School programs have 36 sites. Host merged programs to help build relationships between schools and estabilish community between Elementary and Middle School Programs. The mission and vision have changed throughout the years in response to the change and growth of their students and community. Every HOSt site creates a plan of daily acticities including homework assistance, academic enrichment, arts&crafts, games, and structured outdoor acitivities. Host also includes fieldtrips and outside educational vendors. MISSION STATEMENTProvide Out-Of-School time programs that empower students to grow and develop in a safe, caring, and educationally enriched enviroment.

Observations:Click the Links below to see what I observed and my reflection on the lessons. Observation 1Observation 2My observations were incredibly different. They were towards different age groups, different topics, and had completely different approaches. I don't think that either lesson was done wrong however, I do believe that the first one could have been approached very differently.

For my interviews I decided to ask a series of questions over a couple of days. Because of how many kids I was in charge of when I was present finding a sit down period was quite difficult. Supervisor/Employee: When I interviewed my supervisor I learned that she didn't know anymore about HOST than I did. While working on this project I was able to learn more about the history of the program and ended up teaching my supervisor those things. Through orientation for HOST we both were informed of our purpose and mission of our company. However, even these things we needed to look up. One thing that she could talk to me about was her duties with the students. “ Being in HOST we need to ensure that the kids are kept safe all throughout the day. We need to make sure we know all of them on a name basis, know their parents, and make sure the kids have fun. Also developing relationships with the parents is very important. It ensures them that their kids are safe with us and that we care. ” Academic fun was also discussed, as HOST does programs like “Sticky Spanish” and “ZULA”. However, because new ideas were implemented over the summer those programs were taken out for the time being. Parent: I discussed HOST with multiple parents as they came to pick up their children and the majority of them had the same or similar answers. Parents said they chose HOST because it was affordable, a safe environment, and the child could stay with their friends. The times we are open was also beneficial to parents.; 6:30-6:00. I only received one bad response from a parent and they said, “I don’t know, HOST is just kids watching kids.” She quickly retrieved her children and left. The question that parents could not answer was, “What are your kids learning?” They were aware of the vendors that would come by and meet with the kids but they didn’t know what we did on the other days. One parent said they just assumed we played games all day. Student: I enjoyed interviewing a student the most. I enjoyed interviewing them because it gave me an idea of what they thought about the program and in some ways how I could make it more enjoyable for them. I interviewed one student over a couple days. She was quick to tell me that she loved coming to summer HOST because she got to play outside with me and she hated lunch! When asked to draw what learning looked like at HOST and what she thought she learned at HOST she really couldn't answer. However, when asked what learning looked like at school she was able to quickly tell me that " the teacher stands up and talks to us and sometimes we sit on the carpet and she reads to us." Perhaps the thought of unconventional learning is too much for a 6 year old or maybe we don’t have a learning program that is even noticeable. Of course when asked what she would want her teacher to do over the year that we did in HOST would be field trips. Review: The one pattern that I noticed throughout all interviews would be that no one really knew what learning was really happening throughout the program. Everyone could agree that HOST is a safe and fun environment but, the learning seems to be missing. As an employee I know that we try to implement mini lessons throughout the day, teach games and art projects, and we have vendors that come and educate the kids on water conservation, reptiles, etc. However, this learning seems to be overlooked by the smaller kids and their parents. I didn’t see to much disagreement between interviews. Everyone seemed to have the same idea about the program with the exception of the one angry parent. I have come to the conclusion that while the students is learning throughout summer HOST it is perceived more as fun activities than educational ones. However, I don’t think that this is a bad thing. It shows that learning can happen even when someone is having fun and it doesn’t always have to be in a conventional setting.

Evidence of Teaching Click Here to see My Lesson Briefs. The lesson briefs are all that I have for evidence. Recording Students or Student Work is prohibited in my program. My lessons did not need worksheets or art projects so I could not provide samples.


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