Month: May 2017

May 22

Tutor Anniversaries May 2017

We would like to give a huge shout out to all of these amazing tutors who have volunteered with us for a year or more! We couldn’t impact the lives of thousands of children without you.

Nine Years
Susan Tinkley

Seven Years
Eric Armstrong
Jeffrey Jacobs

Five Years
Dilicia Barnes

Four Years
Lisa Winn

Three Years
Abigail Shipley
Carolyn Shipley
Dalia Castillo
Natalie Platon

Two Years
Miriam Leserman
Lisa Beedle
Alissa Benavidez
Brandon Knutson
Jaclyn Hummel
Tiffany Kuo
Summer Sharma
Christina Sours
Deidra George
Hao Do
Osmond Cruz
Rebecca Noffsinger
Catherine Luo
Teresa Nguyen

One Year
Antonio Garcia
Hena Naghmi
Safiah Afify
Teresa Calabrese
Jarred Olson
Theodore Tiangco
Hannah Tavakoli
Julianna Rohrer
Aanchal Sharma
Katelyn Downer
Rosie Davila
Margaret Wells
Timothy Snowber
Evelyn Young
Matthew Young
Nevada Ryan
Iris Portillo

May 9

Ask A Tutor Tuesday – 5/8/2017

Question: My student seems advanced for his age. He’s 11 and can complete most of the homework we do with only a little prompting. I’m looking for a way to challenge him in our sessions. Any ideas?

It’s wonderful that your student seems to be doing so well in school. First, I’d suggest making sure you are covering all of the bases in your sessions and not just working on homework that he knows is easy for him. Some students don’t want to work on their more difficult assignments in order to avoid looking ‘not smart’ in front of someone else. However, if this isn’t the case, there are several things you can do to challenge your student.

  • See what he would like to learn. If your student has a very inquisitive mind, it is likely he would enjoy exploring some of his interests. For example, if he enjoys science, he might enjoy doing an experiment with you. If sports is an interest, you might do some research together on a particular player or team. If he is an avid reader, maybe the two of you can select a more advanced novel or nonfiction book to read.
  • Introduce him to one of your passions. Whether it is your career, a hobby, or a subject you are very knowledgeable about, hearing about your interests will be inspiring to your student. Better still, bring in some props to illustrate–books, photographs, tools–anything you think will be a learning experience for him.
  • Try doing some advanced math or ELA work from the Academic Program.
  • Bring in some brain teasers or other fun but challenging games, like a sudoku puzzle.

Remember, homework is only one part of the tutoring experience. The more you can engage your student in learning, the better.

Amanda Carr joined School on Wheels in early 2015. As engagement specialist at School on Wheels, she is dedicated to providing volunteers with resources to help them succeed.

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May 3

Honor your Mom this Mother’s Day

Donate to School on Wheels today and we will send your mom or a mom in your life a card or email in time for Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 14th, 2017.

Donate $25 and we will send a personalized email –   Donate $40 and we will send a card in the mail with your personalized message.

The deadline for mailing personalized cards is Wednesday, May 10th, 2017.

May 3

Chelsea Handler – Netflix

Chelsea invited our very own Skid Row Learning Center Instructor, Allison Maldonado on her show to talk about why education is important and what we should be doing to help more students learn.

Chelsea asks her dinner party guests about the teachers who made meaningful impacts on their lives. From the nun who saved Mary McCormack from first-grade humiliation to the ethics professor who could’ve made Rashida Jones throw her own ethics code out the window – it’s safe to say that a good (or good-looking) teacher can truly make a lasting impact.

Here are a few sound bites from the show:

Education is the antidote to ignorance

Education is the great equalizer

I want to empower my students through education to break the cycle of homelessness and help them to feel powerful and to feel strong.