Today I worked with a man at the community center on his reading comprehension and English pronunciation. We read a short story and I asked him many questions about what was happening as well as provided explanations for new words that he came across.
Today I helped a student at the middle school finish a paper that he was writing for class. We found evidence in his textbook to support his points and we also proofread the paper for spelling errors and grammar mistakes.
Today I worked in the community center with a woman who is studying to get her GED. She was having trouble in the math practice sections, and as I am a math major, I was asked to help explain some key concepts. It was a very rewarding experience because I got to teach something that I love to someone that was genuinely grateful for my help.
Today was my first day volunteering with the after school program at the middle school. I helped one student with his reading and comprehension assignment. He understood his reading and was able to support his answer to the assignment with evidence from the text, but he need a little bit of help staying focused.
Today was my first day volunteering at the community center with adult learners. I had the opportunity to work with a woman who is learning English. We went over the pronunciation and spelling of words such as: arm, leg, mouth, and other body parts. Next, I helped a man who was working to improve his English skills by reading a short story with him.
Today I worked with the students on reading sight words and sounding out new, simple words. It was very exciting to see that the children were eager to learn and were happy to show me that they were able to read the short stories. Most of the kids even asked to continue reading more stories after they had read the ones that they were required to! Most of the students were very quick to recognize their sight words and were excited to sound out the words that they did not already know from memory.
Today I continued to work with students on reading comprehension. I was able to make progress with the new student that I had trouble with last session. He was more focused and on task when I asked him questions and had him make predictions throughout the story, it was easier for him to stay engaged. I also stayed for a few extra minutes to help the whole class with their writing. It was interesting to see the different levels that the children were at in learning to write. Some were able to write full words, while others struggled to sound out simple ones.
I continued to help various students with their reading comprehension skills. One of my students moved away, however, two new kids were added to my group and I got to start working with them today. It was a bit challenging because one of the new students had a very short attention span and I have not quite yet figured out how to keep him engaged in the activities.
Today I worked on reading comprehension with the same five students that I have been working with for the past few weeks. Each child is slowing making progress and it's very exciting to watch them learn and grow as readers. They are starting to make more accurate predictions while reading stories, and are beginning to answer questions more thoughtfully. Today I stayed an extra few minutes after I had finished working with my specific children because I love observing the whole class and the teaching strategies that Ms. Depuydt uses. I think this is going to be a very valuable experience for me later on as it's giving me a better idea of classroom management techniques that I could use someday.