I'm writing this because I am in need of your collaboration if you're willing to help. I am in a Mentoring Writers class, taught by none other than the illustrious Clint Gardner. One main avenue of learning we are following this semester is the experience of a service-learning project of our choice. My understanding of the purpose of this project is to learn how to tutor effectively through live experience and reflection.
For my project, I've chosen to volunteer as a reading tutor for students reading below their grade level through Americorps at a local elementary school. I'll be working a couple times a week with a couple of elementary students. The proposed focus of my reflection on this experience right now is to try and record and think about the differences I see between what helps students learn successfully when they are in Elementary school and what helps them learn successfully when they are in college. I think it'd be cool to try and explain these differences and to just witness them as well.
My question for you readers (if you're out there) is to see if you'd be willing to supply any intellectual opportunities that you see between these separate environments, those environments being tutoring elementary school students and tutoring college students. I'm worried that my proposed research question for this project does not measure up to the very interesting contrast of these two learning environments that I'm going to get to experience this semester and I was just looking for suggestions. I'd love to hear from you, have a good week!
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