Yesterday I posted two videos of students working in my lessons. In the first video, one of my students, Aysha, had decided to teach some other students who had come for some extra help.
Today I asked Aysha why she decided to help the other students, how it made her feel, and what she learned from the experience - here is the conversation.
I have transcribed some of parts of the conversation that I found interesting:
[00:58] Me: "What did it feel like when you were doing it..."
[01:27] Aysha: "When they were actually asking me for help.. that's when I felt confident, it gave me a bit of a boost..."
[01:46] Me: "And how did that make you feel?"
[01:49] Aysha: "Good, because it made me feel a bit smart!"
[01:59] Me: "What did you find difficult about it?"
[02:05] Aysha: "It was alright but... when I was walking around, I didn't know if I was too close or too far... I thought, what if they feel intimidated... I feel like that sometimes when someone tries to help me... they were working, they would ask for help, then they would go back to their work, and I was like, shall I still stand here or not."
[02:49] Me: "What did you learn from doing this?"
[03:05] Aysha: "When I was at the board writing [before this video], it was hard, because they're working, I'm explaining, and so many things are happening. When I'm looking at the board, I don't know what they're doing, and when I look back they're all looking, and then they'll ask me to go back over things, and I'll go back over it, and they'll do little bits on their paper... I think it's better to do it how I did it there [in the video] close and in pairs than to do it on the board.. because they responded better, because they asked me to do it like that instead of doing it on the board."
[03:57] Me: "And did you learn anything about yourself?"
[04:01] Aysha: "Yeah, that pair work is actually helpful, because I always though I would like to do my work independently, but then other people's opinions and work does actually help, because they have knowledge that you don't..."