Succeeding

Succeeding
3 weeks into the new fiscal year, more than a month since most classes ended, firmly settled into 'summer', I think I have all of the data I am going to get for the last year. So I tallied it up, ran it through my spreadsheet, did some math. HTM volunteers gave 1771.25 hours of their time this year.and smiled.  That's an 11% inc...
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Reflecting

Reflecting
For many of our classes, including the ones that I teach, this is the last week of the school year. I'm devoting some of my last-week class time to asking my students to reflect on the year. Officially, it's about feedback and the information I need to improve the class, and about metacognition (awareness of how you think and learn) ((a bit of a so...
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Encouragement

Encouragement
It's hard to believe, but it's almost time to start recruiting new tutors for the next school year. The process has me reflecting on how our volunteers join our team. ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________A dozen interviews will teach you a thing or two. Fortunately I wa...
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Awesome (aka Student of the Year)

Awesome (aka Student of the Year)
"Adult learners are awesome" This is how I start most presentations I give about adult ed. There are other things to say about the field that are important, but this feels like an essential foundation for the discussion. They're awesome because education is important enough in their lives that they're fitting it in among work, kids, the friend who ...
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Training Take Aways

Training Take Aways
I started our training cycle with Overview sessions in August, and calendar setting in July. I've been following that calendar with announcements, lesson planning, training sessions and follow up ever since. Some months I do a lot of training, some months, less, but as of 3 weeks from now, I'll be done for the year (until the next calendar setting ...
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