Badminton Training (10 Hrs)​​​​​​​ (7th October - 27th November
Learning Outcomes: 

LO1, LO5 & LO7: Identify own strengths and develop areas for growth, demonstrate the skills and recognize the benefits of working collaboratively & recognize and consider the ethics of choices and actions.
Having practiced badminton in ESK last year, I'd say I posses a decent amount of knowledge about the game. Being a lover of Tennis and Table Tennis, I looked forward to joining the Badminton club last year. In the beginning of this year, I saw that the main Badminton players at ESK all had to attend DofE club on Mondays, which meant there wasn't really anyone to help Ms Güler with the Badminton club. So I decided to step up and take over for a few weeks. 

It was pretty awkward in the beginning, the club consisted of very young players, most of them had a basic idea about Badminton, so I felt optimistic about it. 

On the first day, Ms Güler started with a sort of icebreaker. We played a series of mini-games that were quite fun. We moved onto setting up 4 courts and I helped Ms Güler split everyone up and assign them different courts based on their levels. 
Ms Güler saw that I should stay with the beginners and teach them the rules of the game, surprisingly they all knew how to handle a racket and a shuttle quite well. We continued the rest of the lesson rallying and I helped them with their form and movement strategies. 

Throughout the rest of the weeks I saw the younger players progress, getting better and better each week. Although I clearly wasn't the only reason they were progressing, but I was proud to see how good they became. They all became very enthusiastic about Badminton and each week they'd rush into practice in a more sensible form. 

After 10 weeks of practice, we were told that another school was coming to ESK and we will host a Badminton competition.
a photo of the club members
photos from the Badminton competition
Year 5 PE Lessons assistance (6 Hrs)
As I had 3 study periods in a week, in the first 3 weeks I used two of my 3 study periods to go down to the PE hall and help Mr Lacey with the year 5 and year 9 class. We did a variety of activities, ranging from practicing throwing with Yr5, training on maintaining a steady pace when running, to playing Swedish longball with Yr9. It was very uplifting to see the innocence on the younger student's faces, I learnt patience and discipline throughout the couple of hours I spent with them, I've almost forgot what it felt like to be 10 years of age. 

Learning Outcomes:

LO7: Recognize and consider the ethics of choices and actions.​​​​​​​

Table Tennis Club (7hrs) (19 Oct - 30th Nov)
I was encouraged by my friend Koray to start up a tennis club on Thursdays with him considering our decent knowledge of the game. With the help of Mr Lorenco, we hosted a 1hr session each Thursday after school.

Learning Outcomes: 

LO1, LO3, LO4 & LO5: Identify own strengths and develop areas for growth. Demonstrate how to initiate and plan a CAS experience. Show commitment to, and perseverance in, CAS experiences. Demonstrate the skills and recognize the benefits of working collaboratively
Chess Club (4hrs)
Straight after the tournament, the student that was organising the Chess club (Defne) said that she could no longer attend to the club, so I decided to help Mr Hasman on Mondays after school starting 5th March
5th March - Practiced opening theories with games at the end (1hr)

12th March - Practiced middle game theories with games at the end (1hr)

19th March - Practiced end game theories with games at the end (1hr)

26th March - Analysed games and pointed out mistakes and blunders, played a few games at the end (1hr)
Esentepe Fun Run & Ramble
On the 18th of April, me and my friend Farrukh went to represent our school at the 8th annual “Esentepe Fun, Run & Ramble” which is an even that aims to raise money for cancer patients in Cyprus as well as the mentally disabled victims of our community. I was delighted to be part of a helpful event since I’ve had close people that have had battles with cancer. It was overall a very fun and fulfilling experience, I realized that I had the mental and physical capability to run long distances in the name of benefiting our community. The event was able to raise more that 70k Turkish Lira thankfully.

It was a very eventful day. We arrived to the location at 8am exactly where we were welcomed by a warm crowd of sporty and excited people. We decided to take part in the 2k, and 8k runs since the 5k run was too early and we wanted to help with the organization of the numerous stands that needed help setting up. So we spent the first 2 hours running around and giving a hand to whoever needed it. The day continued with our participation in the 2k and 8k runs which didn’t end as successful as it could’ve ended but I’m proud of my achievements. After the run we decided to rest and enjoy the day until it was time to help putting everything back together and cleaning the premises.

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Learning Outcomes:

LO1 & LO2: Identify own strengths and develop areas for growth + Demonstrate that challenges have been undertaken, developing new skills in the process

Before the event started, I was really nervous about what would happen during the races as I knew that I wasn’t capable of running such long distances, but since Farrukh is my only competition and he always doubted my stamina and strength, I decided to push through and I soon realized that I wasn’t that unfit and I could easily strengthen my mental and physical abilities with continuous practice with running long distances.
I also realized that with the mental motivation that I gained from knowing that all of this was for a cause which was helping cancer patients and the mentally disabled, I could achieve much more and benefit the event in numerous ways. I’m usually a very passive and lazy person, but on this day I saw another side of myself and I was glad

Hours completed: 7 hours (8am - 3pm)
Classroom TA for Yr5 (4hrs)
Before I started with my first lesson with the year 5s, I felt very worried and scared that I wouldn't be respected and looked up to by the younger ones. It was somewhat of a new experience helping out in the classroom, something the might be out of my comfort zone. 

However I soon got the news that I know some of the pupils in the class from helping out with year 5 PE lessons, so I felt reassured that I will be familiar to some students. Also, I knew the teacher of the class' daughter which also made me feel a bit more comfortable thinking about my first lesson. 

Tuesday 28th May:- (1hr) 
As it was my first time joining the Yr5's, I was introduced by Ms Avdji to the kids. It was quite warming to receive a uniform "Good morning Mr Mo" from the little ones. I asked them to refer to me as Mo just to break the teacher formality. I went around the class as the kids introduced themselves to me one by one. It was comforting to sense their acceptance from the first instances. I didn't feel like an outsider at all. We moved on with the lesson and Ms Avdji gave the class some classwork to do. It was a Geography lesson and they were learning about Christopher Columbus' voyages to North & South America. It was interesting as I didn't have much knowledge about Columbus' journeys so I learned as much as the pupils did. I was going around the class seeking for anyone that needed help. It made me happy that no one hesitated to ask for help when they needed. I realized that I needed to implement a careful way of interacting with the kids, I needed to be tender and have a cheerful and inviting tone, and I think I was successful since the students responded actively and positively. It was a very tiring and tedious one hour, however I gained a lot from it. Not only was it the first stepping stone for being able to interact with little ones as best as I can but I realized how to manage nervousness in new situations. 

Learning Outcomes: 

LO2, LO5 & LO7 Demonstrate that challenges have been undertaken, developing new skills in the process, 
demonstrate the skills and recognize the benefits of working collaboratively, recognize and consider the ethics of choices and actions.


Thursday 30th May:- (2hr) 
This being my second lesson with the Yr5s, I was way less nervous and more comfortable about entering the class since there was less attention on myself. But we were told another class had to join ours since their teacher was absent, which means we had double the amount of students that we did last time. Quite scary as I'm a bit claustrophobic. However, it was a successful lesson to be honest. It was an English lesson and the topic was Fables and Morality. By the end of the lessons the students had to plan out, and execute the writing of a fable, which of course was really fun. Some students excelled more than others in terms of speed. And some students were quite the writers! My role was to help out the students that were struggling with their writing, and I had to asses some of the final products. I was surprised at how well the Yr5s could write. Of course, knowing they were Yr5s, I had to give them friendly and positive feedback even if it wasn't that good. But overall it was a very productive and eventful lesson.

Learning Outcomes: 

LO2, LO5 & LO7 Demonstrate that challenges have been undertaken, developing new skills in the process, 
demonstrate the skills and recognize the benefits of working collaboratively, recognize and consider the ethics of choices and actions.
Thursday 7th June:- (2hr) 
Today's lesson was also an English lesson, it didn't have a main topic but the students were focusing on grammar and speaking in different perspectives. Out of the lessons up till now, the students struggled the most with this as it was confusing to the non-native speakers. But nonetheless I tried my best to help out as many students as possible. I can clearly see how I've became comfortable with the students. I know their names by now and I can see them asking for help more frequently. 

Learning Outcomes: 

LO2, LO5 & LO7 Demonstrate that challenges have been undertaken, developing new skills in the process, 
demonstrate the skills and recognize the benefits of working collaboratively, recognize and consider the ethics of choices and actions.

English Teacher in Summer School (1st July - 30th August) (45 hrs) 
In the summer of 2018 I decided I'd fill my summer up with some voluntary work I'd enjoy doing. Towards the end of the school year, I took up being a TA for Y5s. Even though it was only a couple of hours, I really felt the connection I built with the younger ones. So I wanted to transfer the skills I accumulate to a summer course when I went back to Libya. I would volunteer teach 1 hour of English to nine 8-12 year old non-english speakers 5 days a week for the whole summer. The amount of time and preparation that went into these lessons were tedious but it was all worth it.  

My start was very slow with the students. It was quite easy to settle in, but since the age gap wasn't that big, I felt the students underestimated me and didn't take me seriously. But I kept going, trying to prove my worth and stay composed in the lessons until I gained their respect, which I did in the end. 

We started off with the very basics in the first weeks. Some caught on really quickly, and some were finding it hard to progress. But I made sure the students that had difficulties with certain aspects came over the obstacles and progressed. It was a tough task, I had to gather all my patience and confidence to try to help the kids out. 

By the end of the summer, after all the hard work, I was satisfied to where the students got to. I could really tell I came a long way with them, and so did their parents. It was a very hard good bye in our last lesson, I promised I'd come back next summer to see how they've progressed with their English. It was a very enjoyable experience and I hope I get another chance to teach a group of younger kids English. 
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LO1 & LO2: Identify your own strengths and develop areas for personal growth​​​​​​​, Demonstrate that challenges have been undertaken and developing new skills in the process. 

One of the main problems I've had with the younger ones is being patient and trying to maintain myself since I have a short temper. So my main goal was to change that, I wanted to learn how to be patient with progressing with the children, no matter what it took. By the end of it, I noticed how far I have came in my teaching career(?) in terms of tolerance of younger ones

LO3: Demonstrate how to initiate and plan a CAS experience.​​​​​​​
 
The process of joining the organization as an English teacher wasn't easy, I went through an interview with the coordinator of the program and I had to prepare and propose a course that I could use throughout the summer. I was accepted and we refined my course and I started with the kids straight away. A lot of time and preparation went into these lessons and I'm proud of the outcome. 

LO4: Show commitment to and perseverance in CAS experiences.

Waking up every morning to teach these kids was a tough job. I'm proud to say that I didn't miss any lessons and committed to performing well in them. I kept going and pushing through, even though it was summer! Weekends were my only escape which was new and unusual for me. I certainly learned to manage my sleep schedule to be able to wake up early to go and teach. 

LO7: Recognize and consider the ethics of choices and actions

The things that I did and said in that class certainly had consequences on the children and on me, whether it was good or bad. I have a very short temper generally, but I learned to control myself in these lessons no matter what. Because in the end, how I reacted in front of the children would affect them. Children have raw brains and they act like a sponge, if I projected the wrong emotions or used the wrong language - that wouldn't be so great. I think I did a very good job in being a decent role model as I went from being underestimated to gaining the children's respect.
Summer Chess Instructor (July 1st - August 30th) (27 hrs) 
As well as being an English teacher, I proposed to the organizer of the summer courses that I would run a chess club throughout the summer since I've gained a lot of chess knowledge since last October when I gained interest in the sport. The organizer was delighted to let me have the club 3 times a week. There were 12 participants from the age of 10-14. 
Surprisingly, it was a very interesting mixture of very talented players and not so talented players. But we all came together for the love of the game. I was happy to see the interest that they showed to the game. I remember starting my first lesson talking about the respect in the game of chess. Because mutual respect is valued about everything in this game, and I tried to implement it in their minds that this should also be applied to real life. I emphasized that ego doesn't get a chess player anywhere, rather it fills them up with unhealthy pride that goes down on them if they ever take a loss. Some people disagreed and thought ego is a good fuel for the love of something. We had a small discussion and proceeded to learn about the basics just to make sure everyone was on the same page. These pupils were more welcoming and listening than the English language learners, which isn't a surprise since this group wouldn't necessarily be forced to take part in the club, rather they came for fun. 
Towards the end of the club, we decided to have a tournament. It was a very fun and enjoyable experience overall. I got the chance to once again, teach something I have a lot of passion for and get to bond with new children. It was a pleasure volunteering to help out in both clubs throughout the summer.

My progression as an individual in this club was very similar to the teaching experience. They both went hand in hand. So I'd say I'd reflect the same way on both of them​​​​​​​
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