Learning Leaders has been training and placing volunteer tutors in New York City public schools for sixty years. And with class sizes peaking at thirty students, their mission has never been more relevant.
Tutoring elementary school students is beyond rewarding. You can see the difference a little encouragement makes from day one. On my second day in a classroom - helping a child with a writing assignment - a half dozen other students asked me to read their work before I left for my day job.
Taking ideas from Learning Leaders’ inspired training, I put together a Mary Poppins style tutoring kit with magic-math-beans (to use as "math manipulables" ), an endless Muji eraser and mechanical pencil, a sharpener and erasers to doctor students’ pencils, colored markers, puffy Japanese stickers for a job well done, and a notebook for recording each day’s progress.
As I wrote down words in my notebook to show a student struggling to understand the difference between “while” and “wild”, I explained, “Soon all these words will be yours and we’ll use them to write a story of our own!” Can’t wait to acquire enough of them!
Volunteers begin by applying and providing references. They must complete a three part training session before requesting a school (which can often be chosen for proximity to home or office). Training provides volunteers with creative ideas for engaging students while teaching them the basics. Volunteers are asked to make a one year commitment of at least two hours a week.
Follow this link to find more information on volunteering here.