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NAME: Xuan Duong
SITE: LCM (Los Robles)
Omar (age: 12, grade: 7); Giorgia Hammond (age: 7, grade: 2)
LCM games: Carmen San Diego Word Detective (Maze 2), Reader Rabbit (Maze 3)
OTHER ADULT COLABORATORS:
Wendy Fraga (coordinator), Jennifer Law, Brianna Caywood (UG's)
When the undergrads and I entered the learning center, the coordinator Wendy, greeted
us and informed us that there were only a few children participating. She apologized that we
had come such a long way, only to end up doing nothing. But a mother of two of the children at
the center overheard our conversation, and volunteered her children to participate in LCM.
Seeing a few of the children busy at LCM games, two other children also decided to change
their minds and take part in LCM that day. At first the children’s participation were forced and
the general atmosphere was initially dull but throughout the day’s interactions, they started to
enjoy it and some even participated willingly. Usually the learning center was filled with children
and the sound of laughter but today was different. It was quieter and less hectic but it still didn’t
change the attitudes the children had- they were still their playful selves.
There was a change across the session I had with the first child, Omar. He worked very
independent at first, but gradually he started listening and cooperating with me. As for the
second child, Giorgia, it was quite the opposite. At first we were very engaged with each other
and cooperating to play the games, but as time passed, she no longer needed my help. And
ended up working almost independently, without anyone’s help.
So the first child I worked with was Omar. At the beginning of the day Omar refused to
participate even though he usually did. But Wendy really tried to convince him. She said
“please” many times, ultimately having Omar agree to stay and play LCM games. He walked
very slowly over to where I was, at one of the computers. His face didn’t have that usual smile,
instead there was a frown. So I smiled at him, trying to brighten up the mood, but Omar didn’t