Before I came to
The anxiety still went on as I arrived to
師母 was nice enough to give my mother and I a tour around the campus. As we went deeper into the campus, that was when I realized that the campus owns a whole menagerie. There were cows, peacocks, pigs, turkeys, countless chickens, swans, ducks, ostriches, and a herd of goats. It's like their own personal zoo! We then visited the factory, a working place for students who have less serious learning disabilities. The teachers assign different jobs for the students in the factories. There are jobs such as farming, picking red beans, and making 洋釘.
In my first two days there, I went to different classrooms to look after the students with more severe learning disabilities. On my first day I went to a classroom that had a mix of girls and boys. I wasn't sure about what my job was, so I just sat there and observed the students. I realized that some students could not stop themselves from urinating, they didn't have self control. It was all the teachers' job to clean them and wash them. However, there were other students who had a better control of themselves. When the teacher tells them to go to the bathroom or wash their hands, they obey the teacher's order and do everything by themselves. The most amazing thing to see was that the kids with more control take care of the kids with less control; it was like they were being the teacher's assistants. It was quite interesting to see how each student take care of each other, because they knew that they all suffer from the same problem and somehow they knew that they had to help each other out. It's teamwork!
Starting from the third day, I worked in the factory with a whole bunch of different kids. They are less severe than the kids in the classrooms. They know what their jobs are or when lunch time is, they're just like normal people, but with some minor problems. I followed the teacher, who was responsible for farming, and she taught me how to 蓋竹筍 and told me to observe the kids and see how they do it. My first try was terrible! I couldn't grasp what they were doing and what we were trying to do! I watched the kids doing it so fast, like real experts. I thought that this place has a really good system of giving these kids jobs that they do everyday. The teachers have to give a lot of time and attention on these kids for them to learn well and safely. The jobs help normalize the kids and let them have the chance to live like normal people.
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