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[MUSIC PLAYING][Teaching Diverse Students]
MYLES BOLDEN: Today I have a debate set up for the kids.And we're going to be debating various topics thatrelate to them, whether it's vending machinesOR grading systems, school uniforms, things that I thinkthey'll be interested in. [Myles Bolden, Team Lead in the PreTeen Area, Boys and Girls Club OC,Carmichael Junior Youth Center, Indiana]And it's always good for kids to beable to voice their opinions about various things.So I'm excited.The kids are going to be in either fourth or fifth grade,
MYLES BOLDEN [continued]: maybe a couple sixth graders, like between 9 and 11 yearsold.But they are all very vibrant, Different racial and ethnicbackgrounds, very, very opinionated, and intelligent,as well.So I think it's going to be a good debate.Today we are doing a debate during Power Hour, whichsome of you--Power Hour shows or motivates childrento explore various educational opportunities that
MYLES BOLDEN [continued]: are fun and enjoyable for them.So the debate or doing science experiments shows childrenthat, you know, hey, learning is fun.It doesn't have to be pen and paper all the time.It provides children who may not do as well in school,provides them an educational outlet for them to succeed.So they may not be the best at writing papers,but they're definitely the best at vocally voicing
MYLES BOLDEN [continued]: their opinions during a debate.I'm going to give you five minutesto read the topics above, and then think about--think about your opinions about the topics.If you agree, if you disagree, why do you agree?Why do you disagree?And also think about like why this is important,or why we're talking about it.Our mission here the Boys & Girls Clubis serving the kids that need us the most.And with that being said, we get a very diverse population
MYLES BOLDEN [continued]: of kids that come in.And with it only being $50 for the entire school year,our program is aimed at lower-income families.We're a place that they come after school.We have different educational activities for them to do.We help them with their homework.We have physical activities so that they'reactive in the gym or outside.Because they're coming from different backgroundsand different experiences, some don't have Mom or Dad at home.
MYLES BOLDEN [continued]: But I think that it's good when they have a place like this,where it's a safe, judgement-free environment,where staff clearly shows that theycare for the well-being of the children.If you agree with the topic, you'll be sitting on this side.If you decide you disagree with the topic,then you can sit on this side of the room.Five minutes of silence, and I wantyou guys to think about it.
MYLES BOLDEN [continued]: And then when the five minutes is up,we'll all meet in the middle, and then we'llseparate and decide which side we're going to be on,which side we're going to argue for.Yes?
STUDENT: What if-- let's say, um,let's say there was one where everyone went on this side.Would we have to--
MYLES BOLDEN: Then I would go on that side,and you'll have to argue against me.
STUDENT 2: Ooh!That'd be interesting.
MYLES BOLDEN: All right, everybody meet in the middle.OK, if you agree that social networking sites causemore harm, more bad, than they do good,then you come to this side.If you think that social networking sites are good
MYLES BOLDEN [continued]: and they're good for everybody, go to that side of the room.All right.We'll let that side go first.One person.Why do you think that social networking sites are good?Neveah?
STUDENT 1: I think-- I think they are good because youget to have fun on them.
MYLES BOLDEN: You get to have fun on them?
STUDENT 1: Yeah, like Instagram, you get [INAUDIBLE].[GIGGLING]
MYLES BOLDEN: Shh.Karina?
STUDENT 3: Why they're bad?
MYLES BOLDEN: Mhm.
STUDENT 3: Because people will take, like, childrenand stalk them, and do--
STUDENT 4: Lie about their age.
STUDENT 3: People.
MYLES BOLDEN: So you're worried about people who are way olderthan you trying to talk to you, or getyour personal information, or tryingto become friends with you.
MYLES BOLDEN: So that's why you thinkthat they're not the best.Tyron?
STUDENT 5: It allows you to be yourself and how you feel,and you get to play with your friends.Yeah.
MYLES BOLDEN: So what do you mean?Are you talking about, like, Facebook?You're-- what allows--
STUDENT 5: Yeah, you're allowed to express your inner feelings.[KIDS LAUGH]
MYLES BOLDEN: OK.Well, from this side, I have a question for that side, then.If you think that social networking websites allowyou to express your feelings, do youthink that it's best to be puttingall your feelings out there on Twitter and Instagram?
STUDENT 2: No!
MYLES BOLDEN: The debate was a way for studentsto not only work on but enhance their listening skills,as well as express themselves in a controlled and educationalbut also fun manner.Having them sit, use their words, you know, be a scholar.If you agree that homework should be banned,come to this side of the room.
MYLES BOLDEN [continued]: If you think that school should still have homework,go to this side.
STUDENT 6: Can I go first?
MYLES BOLDEN: [? Losiah's ?] going to talk first.
STUDENT 6: OK.The reason I think that we shouldn't ban homeworkis because if you had a subject that you had to learn aboutin class, but you didn't really understand it,you could use your homework to help you understand it betterand practice more on it.
MYLES BOLDEN: Neveah.
STUDENT 1: I think we should not have homework,because it's just a waste of eight hours of time.Eight hours of your time doing work,and three hours doing homework.That's a waste of time.
STUDENT 2: I agree.I agree.
MYLES BOLDEN: Shh.Again, one person talking at a time.You don't have eight hours of homework every night, I hope.So no.And I agree with what Losiah was saying,about homework is-- homework is not meant to be a punishmentor meant to make you guys upset, whichI think some people believe.Homework is meant to help you review the stuff that youlearned during the day.Which oftentimes, don't you have to take notes in class?
MYLES BOLDEN [continued]: Those notes are used to help you review your homework.Neveah, we're talking one at a time.Alela?
STUDENT 2: But Losiah says that if we'retrying to learn the subject, or something like that,you can just look it up on the internet.Or if you don't agree with having a computer or something,then you can look it up in a book instead.
MYLES BOLDEN: Ashton.
STUDENT 7: I think that you should have homework.Because what if you want to get a grade,and you want to get good grades?What if you want to get like a grade,or you want to show how good you are at that subject?Or you want to come home with an A+?
MYLES BOLDEN: Not only were the kidsshown that it's OK to be opinionated,but they were also shown that there'sa time and place for everything that youhave to say, and to also think about what'sgoing on around you, even though they're young.So think about what's going on around you in your schoolenvironment.But also, you know, if they watch the news,they can start thinking about what's going on in Congress.
MYLES BOLDEN [continued]: And it's just going to lead to them becoming more opinionated,more intelligent individuals.If you think that public schools should get rid of grades,stay on this side.
STUDENT: Mr. Myles, you do?[LAUGHTER]
MYLES BOLDEN: No middle.Choose a side.Because especially at this age, they're always anxious,when you're talking about something that theyfeel strongly about, they're anxious to all speak at once.So they were very jittery to wait their turn.So that was something we had to work on, as well.OK.Israel.
STUDENT 8: You should have grades.Because if your grades are bad, the teacher and your parentscould see where at in school and seeif you need tutoring and stuff to get better at the subjectsyou're failing in.
MYLES BOLDEN: It's interesting about the kids thatare quiet are usually the ones that are a lot morevocal in different settings.All the kids in here are very opinionated.And I think that just encouraging the shyer kids,it's OK to voice your opinion, you know,ensuring them that this is a safe place where no one's goingto judge them for what they say, I think,is the most important thing.I don't like that one test can either make or break
MYLES BOLDEN [continued]: your grade.I don't like that school's rate childrenas an A, B, C, D, or F student.Because that's not a whole picture of whoyou are as a person.So that's why I don't think that school--I was playing devil's advocate and forcingthem to convince me why I should come to their side.The majority of the school year, you will be wearing a uniform.
MYLES BOLDEN [continued]: Because you're at school.School is not a fashion show.School, you're there to get an education.Neveah.
STUDENT 1: OK.What Mr. Myles said, I got a couple things for him.So first of all, when you think said about the popularityand stuff, how you dress, you shouldn't-- like Tyron said,you shouldn't-- who cares if you're popular or not?
STUDENT 1 [continued]: They should be who they are.
MYLES BOLDEN: As you saw from the debate,our students are very opinionated and very,very outgoing.So definitely with this age group and this group of kids,it's always necessary to keep them busy, keep them active,and always, always have a backup plan if something doesn'twork out the proper way.For us, it's always being flexible,and being quick-thinking, quick on your feetand adaptable to changing situations or problems that
MYLES BOLDEN [continued]: arise.That's the beauty of this job.You never know what's going to happen when you come into work.You can have a plan, but it may not work out that way.Preparing for this debate is probably a little bitdifferent than preparing for a normal debatewith middle school children, justbecause we do have such a diverse population of kidshere.So I think the most important thing for me,
MYLES BOLDEN [continued]: when preparing, was picking topics or questionsthat I know that the students could relate to,or that were important to them.And definitely, when I chose whatever side Iwas going to be on, I tried to bring in relevant ideas,you know, about basketball players and rappers.Because that's what they understand.But when you can connect that to an educational thought, I mean,your results are going to be amazing.
MYLES BOLDEN [continued]: But I'm like a really good basketball player.Like, better than Skylar Diggins good at basketball.
MYLES BOLDEN: So I can-- I can go to college.I don't need good grades.I'm a really good athlete.
STUDENT 1: But you need to go to college for a grade.
MYLES BOLDEN: Why?Tell me why it's important.
STUDENT 1: It's import-- oh my god.It's important to go to college, because all around you,it teaches yourself, and it makes you get better at things.
MYLES BOLDEN: It definitely gives themconfidence, especially in a much more intimate setting,like it was today, for them to be vocal,to express their opinions, and to show them,it's OK to be smart.It's OK to be the smartest on your side of the room.So I think that it's beneficial for kids.And hopefully, they'll apply it to school tomorrow.But my favorite rapper didn't go to college,
MYLES BOLDEN [continued]: and he has all this money.So why is it important?
STUDENT: Because he's a rapper!
MYLES BOLDEN: I'm just going to be a rapper.All I want to be is a rapper, so why do I need grades?Grades aren't important for me.Karina?
STUDENT 3: You can be proud of yourselfif you get good grades.And if you don't get good grades,you can pay more attention in school.You need to be smart for sports, too, like basketball--
MYLES BOLDEN: So are you telling me that--
STUDENT 3: You need to be smart on the court, too.
MYLES BOLDEN: Are you telling me that gradescome before athletics?And that if you're a good student,you'll be a good athlete?
STUDENT 3: Because you'll be smart,like on the field and the court.
MYLES BOLDEN: And when one of the studentsmentioned that to be a good athlete,you need to be a good student, that was far beyond anythingthat I could have expected from a child nine years oldto say during this debate.So that impressed me.Working in this type of environment,there are children that bring challenges
MYLES BOLDEN [continued]: that do intimidate me at times.But at the end of the day, they are still children.And for me, it's a learning experience for me.Although I'm here as someone who's in charge of them,I truly believe that as much as kids learn from me,I learn from them.So definitely, again, taking the time to be patient,and really working with the kids to understand them,
MYLES BOLDEN [continued]: is beneficial for everyone involved.Even after you asked your teacher--I think a club like this is so important.Just because it gives kids a safe place after schoolto come.Kids have, especially as they get older,so many different options.You know, if you're not in sports,you know, I can go be out on the streets.There's so many different things that kids can get themselves
MYLES BOLDEN [continued]: into.But I think a place like this, where we offer volunteeropportunities and, you know, athletic games, and all sortsof different things, I think it's only beneficial,as far as keeping kids off the streetand keeping them doing something productive.We're setting the students up for success,we like to think here, where theyhave different modes of expressing themselves,or different things that they can do.
MYLES BOLDEN [continued]: Every child is able to learn.Every child is able to succeed.And I'm a firm believer in that, and Ibelieve that's important for future educatorsand other educators to know that although this group of childrenmay be difficult to work or may havedifferent challenges that we're not used to facing,don't give up on the kids.I mean, just remember, like I said earlier,that they are children.But never give up on them, because they will surprise you
MYLES BOLDEN [continued]: and amaze you every day.
Teaching Diverse Students
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This film examines teaching to a diverse population of students. See different strategies as exemplified by the Boys & Girls Club of America.
This film examines teaching to a diverse population of students. See different strategies as exemplified by the Boys & Girls Club of America.