Written by Alex Oliver; cardiac arrest intern
As we approach the half-year mark of our goal of teaching CPR to every 9th grader in Louisville, the interns and I have acquired a teaching style. We have so much we want to tell the students, not to mention we’ve each channeled our inner comedian to keep the students engaged (Don’t worry, we won’t quit our day jobs!). We’ve taught classes anywhere from 40 minutes to 90 minutes long. One lesson that we’ve learned this week is how to contain all of the content and excitement to a 40-minute class. Not to mention the students always have so many great questions. Being from southwest Georgia (Albany), I’m expected to speak with a slow southern drawl. I must admit that I have suppressed it just to ensure that we get all of the information to the students before the fateful bell rings! Today we taught approximately 90 students at DeSales High School. The classes were 40 minutes long and the interns and I constantly checked in with each other to make sure we were on track to finish on time. After today, it is safe to say that we have mastered the skill of tailoring our classes to the allotted teaching time. I can recall wondering how we would fill a 90-minute class period such as the ones we had at duPont Manual High School last week. Let’s just say that the students were asking questions even after the bell rang. We often get asked if we are compensated or receive school credits for the work that we do. Everyone is always amazed when we inform them that we come out to the schools because we enjoy working with the community. We always start our presentations by telling the students what we’re doing in school and what we aspire to do in life. I like to think that we not only teach hands-only CPR, but also serve as a positive inspiration to students who might not have such influences in their life. I aspire to be a community activist, so this internship is certainly ideal for me. If given the opportunity, I would probably talk with the students for hours without even realizing it! Time really does fly when you’re having fun!