Information and updates about the Holyoke Tutor/Mentor Program's work

Star-ing

Star-ing
‚ÄčMaybe I'm being a classic, recognition-seeking millennial. But I think the world needs more gold stars. And high fives.And positive reinforcement.I love the big celebration with certificates and flowers and press release for our students and tutors of the year. But that's a long way away, and while I may bend my own rules and celebrate two student...
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Changing

Changing
Every term, I have students, who teachers excitedly promote to the next level, and who arrive at their new class looking slightly whiplashed and off balance by the change. And then I go through a change of my own, and remember why. Last spring, one of our programs closed. (Farewell, HolyokeWorks, we'll miss you!) This meant many things for collea...
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Welcoming (Back)

Welcoming (Back)
It's (almost) back to school time. For kids, certainly and, gratifyingly for our adult learners too (although their break was often a little longer, and generally a lot less like a vacation). But also, for volunteers coming back to HTM. For many, the break was the summer. Classes ended in June, they'll be back. in September; it's the rhythm of the...
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Speaking

Speaking
I've been gathering some information about our students and our volunteers lately. I'll be sharing more of it later, but first up ... the languages we speakPerks of my job?  Opportunities to google new-to-me languages -- Brazilero (A Spanish/Portuguese dialect from the Uruguay/Brazil border region) and Sonike (which is spoken in Mali and ...
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Staying (pt. 2)

Staying (pt. 2)
Last week, I was firmly in my data-loving mode. Our volunteers are staying with the program longer. This is great. (and I got to make graphs) But this week, the story side. I asked our volunteers why they keep coming back every week. The consensus was clear: "The students!"  (wrote two volunteers from completely different corner...
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