ME:Problems with practicum

From: Annie McDevitt
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Date: 12 Oct 1996
Time: 13:12:02


Well, it seems like people are getting sort of upset over the lack of structure and direction at Barrios Unidos. I guess it is sort of difficult knowing that we're not doing what was intended. On the other hand, I think it's a pretty cool opportunity this lack of structure gives us. I think it's good for the kids to have a chance to do what they want to do and it's not like any of the games are detrimental to them. Maybe we should look at this time as an opportunity to get to know the kids a bit before we settle into a routine. I think learning to take what comes and deal with an unpredictable environment is a good lesson for us. One thing which we talked about that would be helpful is if we could set our focus on a few kids which we could work with on a somewhat consistent basis. That might give us more a feeling of purpose. I think it could be good for the kids as well. It's hard enough to build relationships over a ten week period with so many kids. Do you guys think that would be possible? How should we go about choosing the kids?