Tag Archives: school

#17: Let high school kids bag my groceries

A semi-popular fundraiser for local school groups involves assembling a small group of kids (usually 9th-12th graders, though sometimes 6th-8th grade students do it as well) and taking them to a local grocery store.  The students then post a sign … Continue reading

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#65: Check out the student union at Macalester

It’s only been within the past few years that I have fully recognized January 1 as the start of a new annual cycle.  Before then, my mind “knew” that 11:59 pm on December 31 signaled the end of one measure … Continue reading

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A child’s perspective

Every Friday morning I volunteer at a local elementary school, teaching a lesson to 25 students in a second grade classroom.  This morning their very brave teacher and I led the two dozen eight-year-olds in a painting project.  The kids … Continue reading

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Rules

Today at the elementary school where I volunteer, I completed a reading test with a student who is behind in his literacy skills.  This child is a joy to work with: he really wants to learn, and he exerts a … Continue reading

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Order of Operations

Everything I currently know, I had to learn at some point in my life. Things that seem intuitive or like “common sense” were not always inherent in my mind – I had to actively acquire those ‘automatic’ nuggets of knowledge. … Continue reading

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This year I want to learn…

Today was my first day volunteering at the elementary school for the 2011-2012 academic year. For the first 20-30 minutes of class, kids read to me 1-on-1. I’m there to listen, to support, and to coach/correct/cajole as needed. But mostly, … Continue reading

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Volunteering & velocity

Last year I volunteered one day a week at the local elementary school.  (I spent 30 minutes reading and doing math 1-on-1 with kids who were struggling to keep up; I then shifted gears and spent the next 45-60 minutes … Continue reading

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