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Rachel Samford
9/19 Discussion
Fri Sep 19, 2014 1:29pm
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I have chosen to write about PEPI, which stands for Physical Education Pupil Instructor. PEPI was a class that I chose to take my junior and senior year. It was a class where I could work with elementary students and special needs kids. I luckily was chosen to be in the class and I got to experience some life changing events. I got to go to the Special Olympics my junior and senior year with my PEPI student, James. James was an autistic student that I got to work with every day. I got to play games with him, and teach him how to play a few sports. I chose to go a more positive way for this paper even though Iíve had to face a few negative events in my life that impacted me. I wanted to share how this experience has changed my life for the better. Ill most likely discuss how I was hesitant and extremely nervous to start being a PEPI instructor, itís very intimidating. It took a lot of hard work and made me exhausted because everyday I would be working with either a 4th grader or a special needs kid and it wasnít easy. PEPI actually had an influence on my major and helped me figure out that I really want to be an elementary education teacher. I connected so well with the elementary students and James. James actually got to graduate with me last year and it was extremely emotional for me. I miss that class so much and I miss the experiences. I learned how to talk to kids with special needs, I learned how to interact with them, and I learned how to help guide them. There were autistic students, students with Down syndrome, students with learning disabilities and some students with multiple disorders in that class. I got to see so many different personalities and learn about each and every one of them and it impacted me a lot. The elementary students were a lot of fun too and I got to learn how to teach them and learn how to talk to them in a way that they will have respect for you. Taking PEPI was the best choice I made in my high school career and Iím so glad that I chose to do it.

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