Wednesday, January 26, 2011
This feels really weird for me. I have never had a blog or posted anything like this before. I do think that this new wave of communication will be beneficial for many aspects when it comes to teaching. Over the winter break I was mostly here in Cortland. One of the afternoons in early January the basketball team went to a local detention center. We spent several hours getting to know about the routine and life inside the center. The kids ranged between 14 and 18 years old. After a short while of getting to know the ground rules we got to bring kids to the indoor field house. We got to meet the kids and know a little about them. The kids were excited to see new faces considering that many of them only get to see their family every once and a while. We set up a couple simple basketball drills to help warm them up both physically and too us as a group. We joined in some drills whether it was by actually doing them or by encouraging them vocally. Players would talk friendly trash talk as they got ready to play one another. The kids were amped and ready to compete. The ball was tossed up and the boys were all smiles. You could tell by watching them that they were happy. They wanted to impress us and the rest of their friends. It was a good experience that I actually really enjoyed. I learned just as much from them as they probably learned from us. I hope I can do it again some time soon.