FIELD PRACTICE II: PROFESSIONAL
PRACTICE continues apace and with the clock ticking, in a
'towards-close' fashion. Quite sensibly, now is the time where students
panic about fulfilling all 80+ sets of criteria that (if ticked off)
graduate us from mock-academics to fully-fledged youth workers.
As I sat down with my 'practice
standards' this morning, I searched in vain to find that all important
criterion that would vindicate our all-important bowling trip the night
before. I really do not want to drag this out too much - but guess who
won? Was it the 15 year old Arnold Swatzennegggaaar (I won't even
pretend to spell his name) look-a-like? Could it have been Michael
"I go to youth club" Jordan"? Or, was it none other than
sports-shy Jason Wood? Yes! Correct first time.
But, I really didn't have to
search for criteria very long when I realised how valuable even a simple
bowling trip can be for presenting the case for youth work. The group
who went along to "Hollywood Bowl" (Oh, come on!) were
so formed and gelled that they just patted me on the back for the win
and congratulated each other for 'team work' and 'team spirit'. These
were people from different age groups, with young women who never came
to the club and with young men who would intimidate Mike Tyson.
In fact, the only person who was
in any way self-absorbed was, er, me. I was hoping that in future, I
would get 'empowered' to manage my ego - this time, by the young people.
With placement drawing to a close,
the ego does need a bit of management. I suddenly have to remind myself
that these three months of work have been pieces of evidence for the
academia again. Just when you feel like a butterfly leaving the cocoon
of study and flying into the big, blue sky of practice - its time to
retreat again. Its a bit fraudulent really - the magnificence and wonder
of those young people, not just on that bowling night - but on
most occasions, will now just be another recording, or tick box for your
And so, the final weeks tick by
before final assessment. Some of the wackiest things have happened to me
on this placement - but one things for sure - I always want to be
a youth worker.
88 points. That's 3 half-strikes
folks and a steady 9 pin all the way.
Falling over when trying to do the
"moonwalk" on a win. Ummm.
Youth Work Activity of the
Trust game: Get everyone into a
circle and let them face each other's back. After three: ask them to sit
down on each others knees. Needs a lot of encouragement and
concentration. Doesn't work in 90% of trials: