YESS at North High School
Monday was the start of Spirit Week here at North for homecoming no Saturday. In class, we spent time talking about culture and our own cultural identity. Students made their own cultural identity posters. I was intrigued by one students below, because I had never heard the country he was from and his drawing was so artistic. Each piece of the drawing represented something from his cultural. He is from Kachin. He said there are only 30 Kachins in Colorado too.
Tuesday was the start of pairing our students up in the Mentor/Mentee groups. Students participated in a Speed Matching interview. Each mentor/mentee had the chance to ask each other questions. I was so impressed with how serious the students took this time. In one of my classes, a senior started asking questions that weren’t on the list. She asked a 9th grader how his grades were. This 9th grader (who has been struggling to come to the YESS class) proceeded to say that he was passing all his classes. This senior girl cut right to the chase. She said, “You’ve been struggling to come to this class, so I know you aren’t passing all your classes.” The 9th grader admitted that he actually was failing all his classes. The senior then offered him so advice. I was amazed at how much respect this 9th grader gave this senior. After the interview, students had the opportunity to put their top 3 choices of who they wanted to be their Mentor or Mentee.
On Wednesday/Thursday, I put the students into their Mentor/Mentee pairings. Once again students were so excited to know who their partner is. In some cases, the mentee was not in class that day and was reported being seen in the school. I had one particular Mentor who went and looked for their mentee in the halls. I was so encouraged how these mentors were already looking out for their mentee. In their groups, they did a project working on their autobiography and when they were done, their partner presented their biography to the class. With our extra time students also checked in with their mentee to see where their grades were in school. One student named Elijah made his own grade check for his mentee. I was so proud of him because I didn’t ask students to make this. Below is a pic of what he did.
Friday we spent time talking about the word choice. We talked about the power it is to choose how you will react to any situation. Students then came up with a list of positive words that they will choose to be everyday they come to class. We watched a very powerful video called “We Are What We Think”, students were inspired how this lady changed around her life by choosing to think about herself differently. Students even shared what some of their own “Stinking Thinking” is or was.