Who: You, and your friends, and your friends' friends! Anyone who lives in the state of Utah and cares about quality education for all should participate in the Love Utah Give Utah giving day!
What: It's Utah's biggest day of giving! 24 hours to "give where you live" and Guadalupe is participating again in 2016.
When: Thursday, March 31
Where: Do all your giving online, right from your living room, your office, or even your phone at www.loveutgiveut.org
Why: Well, there are lots of reasons to give like that warm feeling you get from supporting the causes that impact your community everyday! But, if you're wondering why you should give to Guadalupe School, here's where your contribution will go:
By Hunter Frederikson
I started volunteering to get service hours for my pre-medical school requisites and thought the Guadalupe School would be perfect after living in Peru for 2 months. In Peru I realized how beneficial knowing Spanish was to understanding their culture and complementing my experience. I wanted non-English speaking residents to have the same opportunity in learning English to further their living experience in Utah and expand our community.
I continue tutoring at the Guadalupe School because of the dedication and passion that every student, faculty, and volunteer has towards the program. We have developed a family that helps boost each other’s character by providing friendship and the opportunity to learn English. All of the students have a desire to learn English and the effort they put in to learning English amazes me every week. The faculty works so incredibly hard to motivate students to continue studying by providing personalized lessons and tests, going above and beyond what their job calls for. The volunteers give up a couple hours in their busy schedules every week to strengthen help their students reach their goals, showing the love they have for the program and their students. Every individual involved with Guadalupe has a passion for the program, which has motivated me to get more involved. Despite there being chaos every week with some tutors not showing up, the program works like a well-oiled machine and I could not be happier to work for such an amazing program.
In a couple of weeks, I will be taking over the position of Program Director at the Bennion Center at the University of Utah. This position involves promoting the Guadalupe School at the University in order to recruit volunteers and grow the program. Other job requirements include managing current volunteers, providing ways to help expand the participation in the program, and maintaining a constant relationship between the Bennion Center and Guadalupe School. I am ecstatic about having the opportunity to take over as Program Director and have many ideas to help improve our program.
Hunter’s 6 Tutoring Tips
1) Establish friendships with your students. This will not only enhance your tutoring experience, but it will also provide a stress-free environment for the students to ask questions without being reticent.
2) Experiment with teaching styles. Not every student will respond successfully to your teaching style, so play around with it and see what they like best.
3) Write good feedback! The lesson plan coordinators spend a lot of time planning and seriously consider your feedback, so tell them what’s going on with your students and how well they did with the lesson plan.
4) Ask your students questions about how they feel after each section. This will help you formulate a personalized teaching style that works best for each student and make sure they understand what they just learned. Review everything they learned after each lesson and at the end of class if you have extra time.
5) Come every week and stay for a while! We all havebusy schedules, but commit yourself to tutoring as if it were a job. Only miss if there is absolutely no way around the conflict. This is critical as it strengthens the relationships with your students and helps them learn better as they’ve adapted to your teaching style as well.
6) Slow is smooth and smooth is fast. I tell my students this every week, but it applies to everyone. Make sure to take time with each section so your students understand everything
By Cassie Bingham, Volunteer Coordinator
In the formative years of a child’s life, there are often two adult forces that most influence and mold their experience and character: The Parent and The School Teacher. Both play incredibly important educative roles, although in different capacities, which should sometimes overlap.
Parents educate their children in those aspects most integral to their future social and professional success. They teach home values that will translate to the respect and integrity children will eventually demonstrate in all of their social circles. They discipline with love, hoping to instill a sense of positive interaction with others. They also instruct children in practical skills and assist with their comprehension of academic subjects. Children will ideally receive the emotional support necessary from their parents, to help them maintain academic success while navigating the complicated issues associated with growing up.
Teachers educate children in those areas that will lead them most efficiently and effectively to future academic success in college or university. They are professionals, trained to help students learn specific tools and study habits that will allow for them to do well in standard evaluations such as quizzes and tests. They will provide children with flexible tutelage according to their specific learning types and needs.
Since each of these responsibilities are highly significant, it is of utmost importance that both parent and teacher maintain consistent communication, and work in unison in order to provide children with a cohesive education, and ultimately a successful future. Parents at Guadalupe School have the daily opportunity to stop by and speak with their children’s teachers, in addition to the regularly scheduled parent teacher conferences. They are also provided with teacher emails and phone extensions, in order to be able to contact them quickly from home. Teachers are encouraged to call parents or send home notes with children in order to inform them when students need special help with homework assignments or are perhaps struggling in another aspect of the classroom.
One way in which Guadalupe teachers and parents are beginning to work together even more, is through volunteer work. There are several parents, who frequently help out in teacher classrooms, and provide added support while also becoming more conscious of the ways in which their children are receiving an education at Guadalupe School. This includes two moms who completed almost 200 hours of volunteer service each last semester, a large bulk of the hours coming from their help in the classroom.
Outside volunteers can also facilitate open communication with parents while working closely with Guadalupe teachers. The school hosts several reading tutors throughout the day who work with students one-on-one. Because of the unique opportunity of having a more intimate teaching session with students, these tutors can report particular learning needs to teachers, who in turn can communicate with parents.
Teachers and parents are encouraged to continue to forge relationships with each other, and offer support whether through reliable communication or providing volunteer opportunities. The result will be an increasingly more effective learning environment for Guadalupe children, and more chance of academic and professional success.
Happy February! With the first month of the year gone, and the month of love arriving, January 31 was Inspire your Heart with Art Day! We may be a day late but here's to hoping we can still inspire your heart with some of the wonderful artwork currently hanging around our hallways. Enjoy!