I enjoy listening to music, keeping up with politics and reading about archaeology. I listen to “Real Jazz” and “Symphony Hall” on Sirius XM at home and in my car. In politics, I discovered Heather Cox Richardson, a Boston College historian, who analyzes the current situation through her vast knowledge of U.S. history. She has a blog and daily emails on the internet. My archaeological reading is mostly about Mesoamerica (Mexico and Central America).
I first volunteered with the Literacy Council through the Partners in Reading program which, unfortunately, has been discontinued. I was dismayed about the school dropout rate among Hispanic students. I had wanted to help in some way for some time, so I volunteered to read with students in the bilingual program at Sheridan School. Along the way, I decided I could also tutor Hispanic adults who wanted to learn English. My current student came to the Literacy Council unable to read. I volunteered to teach him and it has been very satisfying for me to see his improvement in literacy.
I don’t have a teaching background. I am an engineer, a problem solver. I determine where the student is having problems, and concentrate on that area for part of each meeting until the student masters it, and then move on to the next problem area. As our tutoring is a one-on-one situation, this approach seems to work well.
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