At the July 14 Key Club Komohana DCM hosted by Kailua High School Key Club, our K-Family was busy cleaning and painting new stripes in the school’s parking lot. Although it was forecasted to rain on our project, we were blessed with cloudy but dry skies! The Vice-Principal thanked us for a job well done!
Our USS Missouri workday on July 28 brought together not only Division 22
K-Family members, but a Kiwanis family from Germany. Eric Meurer-Eichberg, 2018-19 Vice Governor for Germany and Past LTG for Cologne, is vacationing with his family and joined us for our monthly workday. Eric, Ellen, and Felix worked with our Waipahu Key Clubbers and Pearl Harbor Kiwanians. Eric and his family will be attending our District Convention in Kailua-Kona.
On July 3, the Kiwanis Club of Pearl Harbor held a club social at Bravo Italian Restaurant in Aiea. Club members were joined by Key Club Region 18 Advisor Joshua Chang and Circle K UH Manoa members Ace, Danielle, Nikki, and Brent. Honorary member Ruby came and graciously served as our photographer du jour.
President Aladdin livened things up with a round of Heads Up with a theme of movies. After the laughter settled down, the winning team was Ace, Carol, Brent and Nikki.
Everyone went home with at least a State of Hawaii “coat of arms” vintage pin and/or a stuffed animal. Remaining “coat of arms” pins will be taken to DCON. All remaining stuffed animals were donated to be used at the Key Club RTC Fall Rally and K-Family Dances.
During this past spring semester, I was working as a long-term substitute teacher at James Campbell High School. I had a full line of 9th grade physical science students. What I learned from that experience is that your mastery of the subject only accounts for a portion of your effectiveness. The effectiveness of your classroom management can be the determining factor of whether your students learn or don’t learn. And that is what I struggled the most with during my time at JCHS. Through all my previous classes, they talk about some strategies to manage your students, but it is different once you’re actually out there.
I believe that the main goal of a science teacher is to make students question the world around them and the world in themselves. My classes were much more fun for both me and my students when the students were asking about related topics or how we can apply the lesson to other concepts. Once you start asking questions, there is no limit to your knowledge. I hope to train my students so that they keep making connections and is always in wonderment. After this past semester, I have concluded that students do not like science classes because they are too accustomed to just being fed information. Science is the application of knowledge to the real world, and some students that I have talked to have trouble applying these concepts. That being said, I believe that the more interactive and hands-on learning students can participate in, the more they will learn because it becomes easier to see the applications; this is true not only for science, but for all subjects. – Aladdin Roque-Dangaran, Pres