18 February 2015

America Reads 2014-2015 February Blog Prompt

                                                                    


ATTN: America Reads Tutors

Nelson Mandela said, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” Tell how this pertains to your education. Then blog about how this quote pertains to what you do as an America Reads tutor and to the children that you tutor in the Title I Elementary Literacy Rooms.



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  1. Mandela's quote is very powerful. Education changes lives. As a college student, it helps me to enhance my ability to better support my family. Education also presents opportunities to help others. As an America Reads tutor, we are changing the world by giving struggling students the building blocks to be better learners. We are also showing them our love for learning in hopes that they will pursue a higher education in the future.
    We are changing the course of their lives for the better. We may never see the ripple effect of what we do, but we know it's out there. The students that we tutor now may become great leaders later in life because we helped create that foundation for their success.

    KL

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    1. Your comment is so great and powerful. It makes me think of the movie the Blind Side when the ladies at the lunch with Mrs. Tuie (?) are saying that she is changing Big Mike's life and instead she turns it around and says that he was changing her life. Then we found that Mike started excelling in his schooling and became a professional football player after college. The same concept/idea can be with the kids that we tutor...it's like you said we may never see the ripple effect but we know its out there. Because we spent the time they needed one on one to be helped.

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    2. And I agree with your comment. College is so beneficial in so many ways. For one, I wouldn't be an AR tutor if it wasn't for SLCC. And your last paragraph is so true, there can be days, weeks and even months that we may not know if we are making a difference and it can be disheartening at times and then all of a sudden one day there is a breakthrough and let me tell ya ... most amazing feeling ever. We ARE making a difference!

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  2. I really enjoyed this quote from Mandela. Being educated is not only valuable in the classroom but is a building block to a successful life. As I finish my degree I value the education I have learned. Without this education I would struggle finding my dream career job as a teacher. Without this, I would not be able to support me and my family as well. As an American Reads tutor, I am given a great opportunity to change students' lives! Reading can by fun and exciting to young children, however struggling students need the extra help and push to be successful and to have that same enjoyment. Instead they can become frustrated and embarrassed. Making a difference in these children's lives will help them not only with reading, but the encouragement to not give up.

    CL

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    1. When I was a kid I loved to read so much and I want the kids that struggle to know what that is like. My greatest wish is that they will enjoy reading. If they enjoy it they will learn so much more and be so much more confident. B.F.

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    2. I was one of those kids who struggled to read when I was growing up, and it was when I first heard the Harry Potter and the Sorceror's Stone book on tape in 4th grade, that I started to have a small desire to read. And it wasn't until I was in 6th grade that I really started to read and push myself to improve. The same can be with the kids that we tutor. Some of them might just need a little push if they can find a book/story that they like and start trying to read that first before they move on to other books.

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    3. First of all congratulations on being so close to receiving your degree. I am so glad that you are able to experience the joy in helping these children and I am also going into the area of education and don't you feel that being hands on with the students just solidifies in your mind why you are going through all the hard work of going to school with a family/children? I sure do! I sometimes get so caught up in the logistics of obtaining this degree that being WITH the students reminds me about why I want to do this. School is not easy and it's even harder with a family. So once again congratulations on your success and wish you much more in the future :)

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  3. And the truth will set you free!
    As a single mom I am experiencing first hand how education changes your life. The most motivation I have now for succeeding in school, are my kids. I need to make a better life for them in our future my sacrificing now, this also teaches them to work hard to get what they want. Educate yourself to understand. The more you understand the less you will be taken advantage of, be better informed in making decisions, analyze outcomes and so much more. These are skills I hope to help inspire in the kids we tutor, as well as my own.

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    1. I can relate with your post really well since my mom was a single mom, and I watched how much education helped her survive on her own. My favorite part about what you said is how being aware and understanding will keep you from being taken advantage of. Education doesn't just help you in your career, it helps you with every decision you make. B.F.

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    2. wow thanks, it is really hard being in school as a single mom, but it is so worth it! and I love the skills I am learning being a tutor, I have a first grader and she struggles from time to time, knowing how to better help her is a great feeling we both benefit from.

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  4. Sometimes the most profound messages are stated in the simplest terms. I am one of America's working poor and nothing gives me more hope for improving my own situation than education. That is the reason I am so enthusiastic about helping these children. The brightest of the children would possibly find a way to advance on their own but those who are average really need help to achieve the same things that their counterparts who have all the advantages can achieve.

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    1. I agree how we need to give everyone the same chance to achieve great things. There are so many kids out there that deserve the same amount of success as the other more advanced kids. I hope I can help them achieve that as well. B.F

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    2. I do agree with you that everyone deserves a big chance and a very big and hard push that those who struggle need that little help and push to make it in this life which is changing daily. I was one of those children that struggled with math and reading. So helping these children is a way of me giving back to those that really struggle.

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  5. As a student and tutor i enjoy learning. I learned and did tutoring while i was in high school and we got to tutor while going to school. there were about 40 tutors in one room helping out all those students struggling. I struggled through school and learned tips and tricks because i had nobody to help me out. So I taught these things to the students. This gave the children confidence as well as me having confidence. With confidence anyone can achieve anything in this life.

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    1. I love how you have taken tricks and skills from high school and applied them to the students you tutor. That can always be a great help and the results can be amazing. Confidence is a great key. It can help boost us to believe that we can do anything, no matter what.

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    2. Well said Kim. Half the battle is believing you can do something. I also struggled with learning in school. I had a hard time comprehending what i read and appreciated extra time to read and help with tricky grammar rules. I am glad there are people like us that can help kids to progress in school, so they can succeed in life.

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    3. I really like the last part of your response, about confidence that really stuck with me. I would really like to know what tips and tricks you have to share, like you I like to learn and like learning from others.
      HP

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    4. HP I think that the confidence you give to others is High and true praise. When someone does well and you tell them then you see the confidence level go up for them and they in turn really want to help out someone else, preferably a peer. By tutoring I see children helping children. I also see some children not have the confidence they should be cause the teacher is putting them down. You can see the brightness of the child just leave but when there is praise you can see the glow come into them and they start thinking I may be able to do this to I know I can do this. This is what makes the difference.

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  6. For me, education is one of my favorite things. Learning new things gives me such great self confidence and encourages me to do my best in everything. It also shows me how much I have to appreciate in the world. When I tutor these kids I want them to know that they are doing more then just learning to read or write, that they are creating opportunities for themselves and preparing to support themselves and people they love. Learning to read will also help them grow in other ways by letting them go out and learn other things themselves. I really want them to know that they owe it to themselves to seek to better the situations they are in. I never want them to feel like they are stuck somewhere and can't grow because they don't believe in themselves. I think that's my most important job as a tutor, helping them believe in themselves.
    B.F

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    1. Great comments BF! I can relate to feeling stuck because i want to be a teacher but needed a degree. I am still working on my degree, but i don't feel limited anymore. I know what to do to move forward and that is a great feeling. I definitely want kids to know that they don't have to go through the same thing.

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    2. I agree 100% B.F. I also love to learn, the more I learn the more I am able to teach. The more I able to teach the more I may inspire a child to learn. It is a continuous circle of knowledge that we can share with the world and especially with these children we care so much about.

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    3. What a great comment! I can also relate to the feeling stuck. I never had the chance to go to college and finally when the opportunity presented itself I was too afraid to go back. Now that I am in school I feel that many doors have opened for me.

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  7. Education is very important and it gives a sense of freedom to be what we want to be and do what we want to do. It's like one of my favorite quotes I like to see on campus, on the Science building at Redwood Campus, says "Look up, that's your limit." Both this saying and Mendala's saying are so powerful and can give such great confidence.
    When tutoring we can use this idea of education being a powerful and help the kids that we tutor with more patience and encouragement and praise. We as people love to hear when we are praised when we are doing an awesome job at something, whether it be school, work, or something totally out of pleasure. It gives a great feeling to these kids to hear when they are doing an amazing job. It gives them confidence to try harder...and improve more.

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    1. I agree that being positive with the kids helps them to want to try harder and makes the time together go better. That quote is so great too! Kids need to know that they are the only limit on what they can do or be and education will get them where they choose to go!

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    2. Education does give you such a sense of freedom/ I am going to look for that quote in the building, because I really like it.
      HP

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  8. I am a full time student, mother and America Reads tutor. I have found that in my own life education has been vital to things I am able to do to improve my own life and the lives of others. Examples of this are that I chose to study about how to teach my own kids and was able to home school when it was needed in my family. I have also been able to help many children at church and in the BSA because of the education i received in school. What i learned in public school enables me to read and comprehend what i read so that i can learn new things. The fact that i can read, which means I can go on to take other classes to learn new skills because i can read, cannot be discounted and has been invaluable to my progress as a life long learner. In choosing a career to help support my own family, I decided i wanted to do something that helped others and brought me joy. So I am working to get a degree in education. I am currently tutoring in reading and language arts school work to help children learn the most basic and powerful skill that a person needs...to read.

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    1. I agree with you, reading is so important in everyone's lives. I think we are so lucky to be able to help others with their reading.
      HP

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    2. I am also working toward a degree in education. I have chosen Early Childhood Education because I want to teach the little ones so that when they are in our Elementary Schools they are well on their way to being readers and choosing to find success in their life. It is never to early to teach children a love for books and learning.

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  9. Education is a very important part of my life! I am the type of person that has a love for learning and gaining more knowledge in things that I thought I knew frontwards and backwards. I am so lucky to be able to continue my education and instill the value of education in my children. I think this pertains to me as a tutor because we are educating the children. However not only are we educating them but they are educating us as well. Not necessarily book smarts, but just by being them and allowing me to grow and advance while they grow and advance. I am so thankful to live where education is accessible and valued.

    HP

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    1. I agree with you on how our children are educating us. Each child makes us more aware of how much more we need to be doing. How much more important it is to obtain an education, and how important it is to encourage our children to get their education. Yes, we are lucky to be able to continue our education. One is never too old to learn and improve.

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    2. The children can definitely show us the gaps in our knowledge. Nicely put.

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    3. LeeAnn I agree with you and also HP. These children had made me more aware of what I have been doing. It is so important to encourage children to like school and get their education. "one is never too old to learn and improve." That has to be my favorite thing I have read today! Thank you for this! :)

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  10. What a wonderful gift we are giving ourselves as we each take classes to improve our skills and ability to make a difference in the world. I have struggled through some difficult classes and have changed my major a couple of times. At this time I am working toward a degree in Early Childhood Education. I believe I have found my passion! I love going to my Labs here on campus where I work with a group of 3 year olds one day and a Headstart group of children ages 3-5 another day. Between my Labs, my tutoring at Nibley Park and currently living in with my grandchildren, every day I have the opportunity to influence children. I love being a part of these children’s life as I encourage them to be their best and how important it is to learn and get an education. Whether it is a child at school or my own little grand-daughters, I want to see each child succeed in learning to read!

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  11. You don't realize how important education is until you have been without it. I always thought I was educated but education is beyond just books and studying it is part of becoming a better human being. Opening your mind and your heart to ideas and things you may have not ever thought important or thought about at all. When one becomes educated that knowledge is passed onto everyone that person comes into contact with, especially if that person being educated is a mother.
    As an America Reads tutor by me taking the time to go to the school and spend time with these students I am showing them how important their education is to me. They may not be fully aware of it right now, but as they become better readers and especially when they look back on our time together they will realize I was not forced to do it, I came by my own free will because I want them to reach their full potential. Being in a Title 1 school they need the extra help and they are doing exactly what they need to do to hopefully one day rise above whatever obstacles their parents faced. We always want the next generation to rise above and become better than we ever were.

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    1. The more you learn, the less you realize you know. Great post.
      AS

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  12. Education is powerful because it can open many doors and opportunities for anyone who has faced barriers in their life. For me it's especially important for women to have the opportunity to receive an education. After many years, I have gone back to school with the support of my family. I want to help others as well reach their goals. As a American tutor, I hope I can help children receive an education in order to have a future.

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    1. It's true. The best way to decrease poverty and overcome barriers, especially in third world countries, is to empower women. Educated women mean educated children.
      AS

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    2. Woah I loved how you finished your sentence AS. "Educated women mean educated children." Fahimeh, I have heard and seen how you tutor your children and you are doing so well! I noticed you have a children who is a little fussy sometimes but you have such patients that you work perfectly fine with him. Education is powerful and it does open many doors and opportunities.

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    3. My college experience has opened up so many doors for me through AR and through so many different things. I am eligible for tutoring and through the DRC I qualify for 2 hours of free tutoring a week. I get tutored and then I turn around and tutor these little ones. I have also learned the Laughter Yoga is so positive and has helped me in my life. We have medical care here and it is not vostly. There is another door that is opened and we as tutors need to open these doors for those children we tutor. I hope I am doing that for these great students that truly need the help just as I need the help in Math and being tutored there.

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  13. Education has changed my life in a myriad of ways. It has given me new insight, new perspective, and helped me transition into adulthood, improving my skills along the way. As a tutor, seeing education and reading influence the children's lives gives me a glimpse into the future. I look forward to seeing and educated child become an educated and self-sufficient adult who can truly change the world.
    AS

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  14. Education is powerful to me especially since entering college, I have found new confidence that I never had before, and I know that the skills I acquire here will take me a long way in life and having the support of my teachers and friend really brings me to new level of self confidence in my works. You don't really know what you can do until you put yourself in the situation, whether the experience comes as bad or good. I hope that the children's that I tutor can learn to take chances and use the knowledge and practice to better prepare themselves.
    MC

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    1. I agree with you on that you never know what you can do until you put yourself in that situation. Going to college is one of those positions that I never saw me doing even though I always wanted to do college. Because of this I can be an example to children and encourage them to do the same thing. When my grandchildren ask me Why do you go to school? I respond because I enjoy learning and we are supposed to be educated. If I can go to college as your grandmother then I hope it will be a desire for you while you are young. My grand daughter and I sometimes have the same days off and she is so excited when we do not have school on the same days. We are close. I hope that I can be the example to those younger ones that it is never too late to go to college and learn all you want to learn.

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  15. The children that I am helping are our next generation. They will be the ones who will help conquer and establish new discoveries. Education is so powerful and it changes the world by being able to educate others. It pertains my education by letting me discover what I am capable of achieving. Education changes lives, it opens doors to so many opportunities. I am so grateful to be able to get my education without having to worry what maybe others have to. I am a women who is getting an education, there are those who cannot go and for that I will always be grateful. With reading previous comments, I can agree with not only am I helping these children. They are helping myself. I am able to build confidence, be a leader and also a better person. I found a quote which I think perfectly fits with this passage.
    "The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires." - William Arthur Ward. The great teacher inspires by the education this teacher has gained. I really hope I am inspiring these children because they are inspiring me to become something better and also guide me to something that I can go into!

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  16. I know by me going back to school at my later years or later 50's that education is very important to me and to those Itutor. I need to learn Algebra and that is not so easy to do. Neither is what we are asking these children to do. We may ask a child how they think their reading is and maybe make some suggestions. They may or may not have the things in their lives to help them read better and do better in all their schooling. Without Education we cannot do anything and will be behind those who may be our peers. I did not think I could go to college or do college. I did not have a belief in myself. When my husband said he would be willing to help me out then it became a dream that I could go for. I will be the first of my brother and sisters to graduate from college. It will take me many years but it is so worth it. Now I can help out my grandchildren whereas I could not help out my son at all.

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    1. Wow! What an amazing story. I'm so happy for you. Neither of my parents graduated college and I didn't plan on it until recently. I was stuck doing very laborious work with little pay and asked myself, Will I be able to do this until I'm 65. I thought maybe.. However, I would rather use my mind then body to make money. Also, l ant to do something that I want to do and be proud of. Education is helping me obtain my dreams. Good luck with your math. - Austin

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  17. Education is really important. It definitely affects me as a tutor, knowing that the children that I tutor are our next generation, and how tutor them really affects them. My tutoring has an impact on their future, it really helps them in their lives being able to read. There are kids out there that aren’t able to get the education they deserve, and I have to say I am really lucky to be able to get the education that I have. I am really grateful for it. Being the first of my family to go to college, and being able to have the opportunity to do so many things just my getting my education. I love it. Knowing this, being a tutor gives me the opportunity to help open up these opportunities for the kids, and this helps change their world.
    -SY

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    1. I concur with you we can help "change the world." Education can change the world. If we can change a students perspective on education, illuminating the positive aspects, maybe then she/he will make a difference in their group of friends and on and on. Thanks for your comment.

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  18. Education has made a profound difference in my life. I know that when I finished high school I didn't want to do any more school. I was done! However, as I have been attending SLCC for the last two years, my understanding of our community had increased dramatically. I think that being a responsible active member of the community is incredible on copious aspects: social, empathy, awareness, responsibility, etc.
    Furthermore, I find that education is a powerful tool that can be utilized in several ways to improve - not only your life - but the lives around you. When I tutor, I hope to encourage students of the importance of an education. I also like to make the experience fun. School isn't just work, it has a lot of different components that make it very attractive. One must see education in a comprehensible perspective to understand the true beauty of it.

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