A great post about Spectacular from guest blogger, Paige Webberley:
I have never considered myself a proficient teacher—mediocre at best. Even with my favorite subjects of science and math, I often find it difficult to explain to others something I know very well myself. Nor am I the best public speaker, which is clearly a strength a teacher should possess. Nonetheless, as part of my summer internship with Outreach International I found myself teaching the Outreach class at Spectacular (Spec), a youth event sponsored by the Community of Christ that takes place every summer at Graceland University in Lamoni, Iowa.
At first I was unsure about how I would do at the whole teaching gig. By the time the first half of my internship was up, I had more or less solidified the lesson plans for the Outreach Spec class. But I knew my preparation would not ready me entirely for class when the time came.
I am very left-brained individual, and therefore not the most flexible person in the world on a situational level. I have this vision in my mind of how everything is going to work out, and if something unexpected punctures a hole in my plan, I sometimes struggle to readjust. Knowing this about myself, I knew that teaching this Spec class would be a challenge, but also a fantastic learning experience.
And I was right.
Activities went awry, unexpected things came up, and some class attendees were apathetic about class, but I had a great team that I could count on for support, and together, I think we provided Spec campers with an excellent experience. I received several compliments about my class from campers and staff alike, and through this I became aware of the great value of positive reinforcement.
There is no doubt that the lessons I taught in class about poverty and Outreach International fell on some deaf ears, but if something I said struck home with even just a handful of campers, then my two months of preparation was well worth it.
-Paige Webberely, Sophomore at Graceland University