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Fieldwork Experience

 Program Site: Turtle Rock
o The program site contains three multipurpose rooms, a kitchen, and an
outside play area.
o Multipurpose Room One (Main Room): This room is used for all
students upon arrival to have inside free play time, and at the end of
the day all students reconvene in here to wait for their parents. This
room is used by the “upper” kids, grades 4th-6th for reading and
homework time. Lastly this room is used for the “passive” part of
o Multipurpose Room Two: This room is only used by the “lower” kids,
grades 1st-3rd, for reading and homework time.
o Multipurpose Room Three: This room is only used by the students
that chose “active” for their part of program. This is the room where
students play physically active games.
o Kitchen: The kitchen is not used often. It is it is used to teach the
students about baking, or to help them get ready for events such as
their annual bake sales.
o Outside play area: Students are designated outside free play time
every day and this is where they are free to choose their activities of
choice. It has a basketball hoop, hand ball wall, seating area for the
kids to wait for permission to go back into the multipurpose rooms,
and a grass area.
 Students Served:
o Between 25-50 students a day
o Grades 1st-6th (Elementary School)
o Demographics:
 African American: one female student and one male student
 Asian and Caucasian: mass of students make up this ethnicity
 Indian or Middle Eastern: make up the remaining students
o Note: Two children at the center suffer from a disability. A Caucasian
boy named Cameron is autistic, and an Asian boy named Andrew
suffers from something I am unaware with – not mentioned by the
 Staff Provided:
o 6-8 Staff Members per day
o One site coordinator: Caucasian female
o Demographics:
 Asian: Two staff members are Asian, one male and one female

 Caucasian: Majority of the staff belongs to this ethnicity.
o Staff strengths/needs:
 Males: The male staff members relate best to male students. In
outside free time and active program time, the males do the
activities along with the students. Furthermore, the male
students do a great job of solving conflicts between the
 Females: The female staff members relate best to female
students. In inside free time and passive program time, the
females run the plan activity and do things such as color or play
board games with the students.
 Linda: This female staff member is Asian. Linda seems the
authority figure staff member. She is loving and emotional with
the kids, however she is also aggressive verbally. She yells at
the students when they are misbehaving and the students seem
to fear being in trouble with her. Furthermore, the other staff
members seem to be comfortable with her being in charge, and
often look to her for guidance or approval when students ask to
do something.
 Daily Schedule:
o 2:00-2:30pm: Students arrive from their various schools. As well this
is inside free play time:
 Students can color, read, play cards, board games, or with other
activities supplied in the main multipurpose room.
o 2:30-3:00pm: Outside free play time:
 Students can play basketball, hand ball, building things with
puzzle blocks, jump rope, or any other activity they can come
up with in the outside play area.
o 3:00-3:30pm: Reading time:
 Students are divided up between the two multipurpose rooms
and a staff member reads a book to the students.
o 3:30-4:30pm: Homework Time:
 Students have the option to do their homework or read. If
students have no homework their only other option is to read.
Staff is there if students need help and to ensure students are
keeping a quiet environment for their peers.
o 4:30-5:15pm: Program (Passive or Active):
 Students have the option to do a physical or passive activity.
The activities are designed by the staff members. Active is
typically a physical game and passive is typically a craft.

o 5:15-5:45pm: Inside free play time:
 All students reconvene in main multipurpose room and engage
in activities such as coloring, playing board games, or cards.
o 5:45-6:00pm: Clean up/parent pick up time
 Students who have not already been picked up clean up and
wait around for their parents to arrive.
 Student Needs:
o This after school site is more of a recreational program. Students need
a place to go after school while their parents work, however this
program is not learning intensive. Students seem to enjoy inside and
outside free play time the most, and disliked reading and homework
time the most.
o What didn’t work?
 Reading time: Staff member reads to students while they can
eat a snack and listen. Most students do not listen, and become
restless. Students end up talking, putting their head down,
roaming the classroom, and disrupting the reading environment.
 Homework time: The only alternative to not doing homework is
reading and students become bored of that. Students should be
grouped with their fellow classmates to be able to work on
homework together, and students need other alternatives
o What did work?
 Program: Students enjoy having a choice in what they do and it
hits areas all students enjoy.
 Inside free time/Outside free time: Students enjoyed playing
with their peers in intrinsically motivated activities, especially
with their peers that attend other schools.