Tutoring First-Graders Changes Jamisons Life
posted June 16, 1998
Berkeley freshman Gionna Jamison needed a job. She wound up on a mission.
I am on work study, so I needed to work, says Jamison, an undeclared major. Ive always liked kids so I thought tutoring would be fun. It has been, but the experience has also opened a new world for me.
Jamison spends eight hours a week at Hoover Elementary School in West Oakland, tutoring first-graders in reading and math through the Reading Through Science and Technology Program.
She says the experience has taught her more than effective pedagogy. Ive learned a lot about the lives of some students, she says. When I was growing up, I didnt have to face the kinds of problems some of these kids do.
These tutors are giving these kids what most of them dont get at home, says Marie-Eve Thomaes, a first-grade teacher at Hoover. These tutors help fill that gap.
As part of the program, Hoover first- graders are learning about weather patterns by exchanging email with first-grade students in Massachusetts. Says Thomaes: At first, the emails were just one sentence, but the length of the correspondence as well as the students have really grown through this program.
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