06 September 2013

America Reads 2013-2014 Blog Prompt 1




ATTN: America Reads Tutors
 Why did you apply to be an America Reads tutor? What skills or talents do you bring to your America Reads elementary school? Returning tutors what do you bring to this second term or year?

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  1. I like working with kids so helping out by being a tutor at a elementary school sounded great. I'm creative in my ways of learning. Also, I enjoy reading.

    S.C.

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    1. Creativity is definitely a characteristic someone wants to have when trying to figure out new and innovative ideas to teach children how to read better.

      H.K.

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    2. I love how your prompt is short but so straight forward!!! I hope I get to work with you some day!
      C.D.

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    3. It is true whatever style you can create so that the child will want to learn is always a positive thing! Be inventive and patient as you help them achieve their goals..this is my second year with America Reads!

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    4. Being able to come up with creative ways to learn is a great skill to have when working with kids. Keeping them engaged and on task can be hard. So a little creativity can go a long way.

      D.B

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    5. loving kids is definitely a great helpful thing that would give you a lot of endure and patient to work with kids.
      Quynh

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    6. I think creativity is a very important aspect of being an America Reads tutor. I feel like being creative helps you to think fast and customize each tutoring session to each individual kid.
      Brian

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  2. I wanted to be an American Reads tutor because I love to work with children and wanted to make a difference in their life. The skill or talents that I bring are; I am a mother, a student, like to read, like to help, and to teach.

    HP

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    1. I think that being a mother is a great skill, because you already know how to work with children in a patient way.

      H.K.

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    2. You will definitely make a difference in their lives, just be ready because they are going to make a big difference in yours
      C.M.

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    3. I agree, I’m a mom and student also and I think that gives us a great skill set. We have patients (sometimes lol) you need when dealing younger children, but also we under the frustration that comes with trying to learn some new because we are students again.

      D.B

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    4. Being a mother is a great advantage in this, you would already know how to handle the kids and would know how to talk to them!
      C.D.

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    5. Those are very good reasons for being a tutor!The talents that you bring will be an added bonuses to all of the children who you will work with.

      J.L.S

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    6. I am also a mother and a tutor. I have to admit that the experience of raising children is very beneficial to tutoring. It is easier to be patient and compassionate as such things are learned through raising kids.

      K.L

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  3. I wanted to help kids learn to read because I remember how it was to not know when I was young. I applied to America Reads tutor because I wanted to have my volunteering count towards my school.
    My skills and talents that I can bring to America Reads is that I am patient and I can help those kids who have spanish and english barriers.
    MM

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    1. Being bilingual is definitely a very useful skill.

      H.K.

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    2. I wish I knew Spanish just for that reason. I am learning Japanese now, and I would be lost if I didn't have resources explaining things to me in English.

      -Raevynne

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    3. I almost forgot that our hours counts on both America Reads and on civically engaged scholars! thanks for saying !!!
      C.D.

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    4. That is very encouraging! I am sure it is validating for all children to know that they are not the only ones who have/do struggle with reading. Kids are easy to communicate with once we remember to put ourselves at there level. You are doing an Amazing service!

      J.L.S

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    5. Patience goes a long way when you are a tutor. It's a necessity to be a good tutor. I remember as well back in the days when I really could've benefitted from a good tutor. Good points.
      Brian.

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  4. I care a lot about the future of our nation. The early education of American children is vital to our success. I am tired of working a job that I feel doesn't have any long-term impact. I think I am good at explaining things to people. I also love to read, and I think nobody should be left out of this amazing life skill. I have a ten-year-old little brother, and I helped him learn how to read.

    -Raevynne Vile

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    1. That is good that you care for the future of our nation, I do too, and so I hope we can help to make it a positive future. You will love tutoring. Have fun. It was nice to meet you at training today.
      Laura H

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    2. I can relate to wanting a profession that has a lasting impact. I really feel this is a good start.
      C.M.

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    3. Being a tutor is a fulfilling title in the workforce. It is one of the few jobs out there in the world that you can leave, knowing that you made a difference in a child's life.

      K.L

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  5. I decide to join america reads because I enjoy spending time with children, this experance will also help me in reading with my own children. I bring a love of reading and an understanding of different levels of abilitys to this program. This will also help me better understand different perspectives which will help me in my studies in social work. Carrie A.

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    1. It's wonderful you are going into social work. The world seriously needs people like you. Most people, myself included, don't have the stomach for it. I'm sure it will help give you ideas on how to help your own children be the best readers they can be. :)

      -Raevynne

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    2. A love for reading can definitely benefit a tutor. It's not a particular love I happen to have. I'm more of the "wait for the move" kind of guy....but I wish I had that passion for reading like you do.
      Brian.

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  6. I am so excited to be given this opportunity! I have 5 children and have always loved volunteering at their schools. I am working on a degree in Elementary Education so this is right up my alley. I love working with kids and since I have experience in the past with this and I love being around children and helping them succeed I think this is the perfect volunteer spot for me.

    AV

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  7. I applied to the Thayne Center because it was the one job that closely fit my major. Being a social work major this job works along with my studies. I bring patience understanding and dependability to the job. Devin Barney

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    1. It was great meeting you the other day at the Training. I think you will be a great asset to the program!
      HP

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    2. This is a great place for social work majors :)
      P.U.D are very useful and much needed skills to have while working with children. So happy to have another s.w major with us! Hope to meet you soon.

      J.L.S

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    3. Kids tutoring is a great choice for your major, that would help to nurture abilities of understanding and dependability. Good luck with the your program!
      Quynh Pham

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  8. I started tutoring in the spring of 2013. Since tutoring at Nibley Park Elementary was such a rewarding and inspiring experience, I decided to apply for the Fall of 2013. During the first semester I tutored at Nibley Park Elementary I brought a fresh pair of eyes to the tutoring center. As a returning tutor I will be bringing my previous experience to my elementary school. I will also bring certain tips and tricks to get the children interested in learning and reading. I am greatly looking forward to tutoring again this Fall!

    H.K.

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    1. Please share some of those tips and tricks for getting the children interested in their reading, those are always good to have ;)
      LH

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    2. I am also interested in any tips or tricks you have!

      -Raevynne

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    3. I would love to know your tips and tricks as well. I think as a previous tutor, your help will be very beneficial.
      HP

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  9. I was a tutor about 1 1/2 years ago and was going to try & do work study in my field, but being a tutor pays better. I'm glad at this point because I had forgotten how my much fun it is to work with the kids. I had also forgotten how much of an influence we are and how we are really making a difference in these children's lives.
    KL

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    1. We're so glad you're back. Have a great year! (:
      LH

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    2. I'm looking forward to seeing the kids grow. Posts like this one erase regrets I had about which work-study job I chose.

      -Raevynne

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    3. Welcome back

      D.B

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    4. This really is a great opportunity and I'm happy you got involved.

      -A Stuart

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    5. I see why you choose to be a tutor because I feel the same too. Having good time also making good money is of course the worth factors of choosing a job.
      Quynh

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  10. I applied for America Reads this year because I was in the program last year and it was A-amazing!! I bring with me my experience from last year, my enthusiasm for reading, respect for children, love of learning and the professional and educational skills I've gathered from 3 years as a S.L.C.C. student studying general and elementary education. I am SOOOO excited to participate in this awesome program again this year and have more great experiences in an elementary setting.
    Laura H.

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    1. Welcome Back your excitement is contagious I can feel it already and I know the kids will too
      C.M.

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    2. This program certainly is fantastic, especially for someone like you who is enthusiastic about education. Keep up the good work and keep enjoying it. :)

      -A Stuart

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  11. I am in America Reads this year because it was such an awesome experience last year. There is no better work study job for anyone who wants to be an elementary school teacher. This year I have all the experience of last year that I reflected over the summer that will give me some new ideas on how to approach different learning style. I can't wait to begin.
    C.M.

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    1. I can think of no better way to spend volunteer time than investing in our future - our children. That is great that you thought about the program while you were on your summer vacation. It shows you care a lot about what you do for America Reads. Good luck in your second year, sounds like you are ready! :)

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  12. I signed up with America Reads because I feel it is such an important program. Reading is the first step to being independent, or self reliant in our country. I love children and want to see all children be successful in their lives. I remember the look on my own children's faces when they learned to read. It was like they had conquered the world! I want to see that look again on other children's faces. Looking forward to a great and fun experience.

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    1. I can totally relate to what you are saying. Reading is such an important skill and can help kids in every aspect of their life. I too am looking forward to doing this for the first time! I also think it will be a lot of fun plus a great learning experience!

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  13. I signed up to be an America Reads because I got work study this year. I choose this for my work study because I remember when I started to learn how to read and how great it felt, and I want the kids I'll be tutoring to feel that too.
    M.C.

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    2. It is a great feeling learning to read and since it is fresh in your memory you know how important and life changing it can be :) Congratulations on your accomplishments!

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  14. I decided to be an America Reads Tutor for two reasons, when I was in school I struggled with reading, and I watched my oldest son go through the same struggles. I had some great teachers who really did try their best with the limited and resources they had to help me, and I had teachers who just let me pass by. When my son started school and I saw his problems starting to form I became very active in his school and helping in his classes, but I still saw where other children were going to fall behind. When I was looking at the different place to earn my work-study I saw the America Reads program and knew this was where I wanted to be.
    D.B.

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    1. I think that is awesome that you have personal experience in this situation. I think that will help you be a better tutor.
      HP

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  15. I love kids and since I'm to young to have one of my own I wanted to go into America reads so that I can be around kids and really get to know how they are. I also wanted to help the kids who needed it since my siblings and I went through the same thing. I want to help these kids do better and keep their self-esteem up and showing them that they're smart. I'm a newbie so I don't really know what would happen or anything just yet, but I am look forward to meet these kids and help them!
    Carolyn D.

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    1. Welcome on board! just be yerself n you'll do great

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    2. Carolyn welcome aboard I think this will be a great opportunity being around kids and helping them to work on themselves and become comfortable with who they are.

      JA

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  16. I received Work-study this year and I was unsure whether to to take it or not, so I started looking at openings on campus hoping that would help me decide. I found America Reads and I instantly knew I could do this. "I can read and write, I'm qualified!" ha ha. So I applied and I am super excited to get started.
    Karla

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    1. I think you picked wisely, Lynne is great and the schools you are able to work with make it even better! Good luck!

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    2. Karla I am sure you have many more qualities that you can list. I have only seen in the school once and I know you are prompt and consistent. These are two qualities these children really need to see modeled for them.It is not bragging to list what talents you have, that list is what gets you the future job you apply for and into the school program that is your next goal.

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  17. This is my second year at Whittier Elementary and a America Reads tutor and I really think this is a great program to earn your award and assist kids in helping them reach their goals. Reading is such an important and vital skill and with tutors helping assist teachers there are kids in these reading programs that really benefit from that one on one more.
    Thank you for another opportunity with America Reads!

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    1. Whittier is my choice of AR programs. Do you have any advise, or tips coming to this school? thanks -B

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  18. I first joined America Reads because I was desperate for a part time job while schooling (which is still true) but I stayed because being involved with these kids has been so powerful in my own life!

    This year I am at Whittier. They assigned me to a senior teacher with 23+ years experience, and it is a great match. She is happy to have me there and has loaded me up with a mess of kids.

    BTW there are some great deals on school supplies at Walmart, (1300 s 300 w). They brought in the halloween stuff and all the discounted school stuff is east of the pharmacy. I got a great deal on composition books @ .30 each, that make great reading/writing journals.

    Lets have a great year! Mark

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    1. ooops forgot something. The talents I bring are: hmm well, uh, just uh, hmmm, maybe I uh, what was the question? :) ok my talent is not being too serious! Be sure to have fun with yer kids!

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    2. Tutors do not buy supplies for the children you tutor. Use what the school program has or use nothing. Do not give anything to the children that is not from the school program. NO gifts, no food. Just give them your time and talents as mentors and tutors.LMH

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  19. I applied to be an America Reads tutor for a couple of reasons. One, because it helps me to think outside of the box. Two, I have two children of my own and the youngest struggles with reading. I have struggled in the past with how to help my youngest reader. Working and training within this program and with other children has help me to better understand what my youngest reader needs. I have learned so much and that has helped out my little reader. Three, I have been tutoring with A.R for a couple of years now and I have met so many inspiring individuals including my students.
    This year I bring more determination, I am determined to make as much of an impact on these young readers days as they have made on mine (even if it is just a smile or about the pronunciation of the word smile :)it all pretty much just makes everyone smile). I am a mother so patience is a talent and yet, I still manage to learn how to be more patient as my tutoring days pass.
    J.L.S

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    1. I commend you for applying the skills learned with America Reads to your own parenting styles. Getting out of the box and learning new ways to incorporate learning in the home is a great tool in the success of our children.

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  20. I applied to be an America Reads Tutor because I got work-study award and I decide to do it. I am also a mom and I want to gain more knowledge and have experience in working with kids. I am calm and, I like to help.

    Eh

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    1. Welcome! Hope you have a pleasant year.

      -A Stuart

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    2. LahPaw as a father I totally understand wanting to work with children and gain more knowledge.

      JA

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  21. I applied because of the money, but I reapplied because I feel that America Reads is a way to make a noticeable difference and have a good time doing it.

    - A Stuart

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    1. For my second year I bring all the experience from last year as well as a more relaxed and confident attitude.

      -A Stuart

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    2. A Stuart I appreciate your honesty and love that you realized how important this job really is. Good job!

      JA

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  22. Being the father of an amazing 7 year old daughter I thought this would be the perfect opportunity for me to spend my time showing children of diverse backgrounds, what I have learned in school and try to help them along the way. I think being a tutor is an honor. You get a chance to mold the future leaders of this great country and learn from them as well. I can't wait to get going.
    JA

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    1. I’m in the same boat as you are; in being honored to have this opportunity to tutor. I’m please that you see the opportunity to teach as well as learn from these students. Not many people notice how inspiring children can be, or offer them the chance to teach us, and let them find self confidence in doing so.

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  23. I has chosen to be a tutor because many advantages of this job: flexible work schedule, love to work with kids, good pay, positive work environment. I don't really have many talent that this job requires, however, I am having a great concern for reading, with better reading skill, people are encouraged to read more and so, learn more, then gradually with more knowledge, they will gain more confidence and tend to be successful in their life.
    Quynh

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    1. Your reasons are so similar to mine. I love how flexible Whittier has been with me, and probably would not have been working with them for so long had they not worked with me so well. Only a rat can win a rat race. And I love the undying positivism at the school too.

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  24. I chose to apply at America Reads based on my desires of becoming a third grade teacher. I bring with me an ability to create a safe environment for children to learn. My talent of thinking critically, allows me to challenge children without pressuring them. I enjoy reading and I feel that my love for books can bring a light atmosphere to the reading program.

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  25. I think the thing I bring to the table is empathy for those who have a hard time understanding. I went through school with ADD and nobody knew what that was when I was in school. It took a really understanding and patient person to explain hard things to me. So I take that experience and apply it to my tutoring skill set.
    Brian.

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    1. That's Awesome!! I was always the kid day-dreaming at my desk (mostly because the material was too easy/boring). I have totally seen how this empathy has helped me get that kid who isn't paying attention and helping them stay focused. Thank you for your insight Brian!

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  26. I lost my job last year, I heard about this through another tutor. I liked how much it payed. I have loved the environment it has. I love the kids.
    Jeslicania

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    1. I agree, I was looking for a job on campus and did not get a response so I seen the flyer on America reads and applied. I was greeted with welcome feelings. So I'm looking for the challenge. Km

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    2. Originally the pay is what attracted me. I am glad, and it makes sense, that we get paid more than other work-study jobs because we don't just put a butt in a seat. I think that almost any reason is a good reason as long as we stay for the right reason.

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  27. I tutor just because I love what I do. Most of my students have been very good for me, especially once I set up boundaries. It is a work that I go to and feel good about it, before and after. America Reads has given me the unique opportunity to enjoy my work place. And I am always proud to tell people about what we do for our schools. I can't see myself working anywhere else while I struggle through school. And let us face it; Our boss is pretty cool to us :).

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  28. An occupation shouldn't be a chore. More like, it’s an additional bonus to get paid for doing what you love. I have worked as a volunteer in elementary school by teaching English and Maths. I love working with children and making a difference in their life. so that I happily started working for America reads program.
    Lydia

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  29. I applied to be an America Reads tutor because I had previous done it for my work-study back when I first went to SLCC in 2006-2007. My mom had done it when she was in school and suggested I do it too. Not only is it one of the highest paid work-study jobs, but it's a flexible work schedule and you get to work with kids. When I found out I could get my work-study this semester, I already knew which one I'd be applying to.

    As a returning tutor, I've developed a lot of skills from the time I used to tutor until now. I previously worked with the kids in the After School Program at Whittier and was able to turn my tutoring position into a job as one of the Group Leaders and even temporarily took over as the Coordinator. So I really learned how to work with kids. This semester is the first time I get to tutor one-on-one with individual students and so far, it's been going pretty good! I've always been a natural reader and now I get to try to help those who need that extra push.

    -AA

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  30. Why did you apply to be an America Reads tutor? What skills or talents do you bring to your America Reads elementary school?
    Hi yall! I became a AR tutor because i am pursuing an education degree and wanted to do something that helped me learn more about teaching and made a difference. I have already been a Title 1 tutor for reading and math in the past and i know what to do to help kids with their reading. It makes it easier to bounce around classrooms when i dont need a lot of training. cls

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  31. Since I have a first grader who has struggles on and off with school, I am feeling blessed to be learning new skills to help her succeed, as well as what I already do with her. I know learning has to be fun for the kids, and i think I am pretty good at having a good time with the kids. JS

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