Back to School!

September Tips for Tutors


“I have always been delighted at the prospect of a new day, a fresh try, one more start, with perhaps a bit of magic waiting somewhere behind the morning.” -J. B. Priestly


For those of us in education, the end of summer always means a new beginning.  For the kids it may mean new school clothes or earlier bedtimes, and for Experience Corps members it means starting anew with a new group of students.  Here are a few tips to think about as you get ready for this new school year.


Relationship building:  How will you get to know your students and let them get to know you this year?  I presented some ideas at the Back to School events, and you all shared your own ideas.  Begin thinking about this now, and plan to start building relationships intentionally on the first day.  One additional relationship building activity is the Extended Nametag as I have explained and shown below.


You can use a note card or a piece of paper for this.  First, write the student’s name, in large letters, in the middle of the card.  Then, have the student draw each of the things listed in the corner where they are listed.  You don’t need to write the labels, just tell them as you go.  You or the student can write words under the pictures if that makes sense.  Make a nametag for yourself as well.  You can do that ahead of time or at the same time.

Enjoy your first day back, and remember to have fun and look for a bit of magic!

About Experience Corps Bay Area

Experience Corps Bay Area recruits and trains adults 50+ to tutor and mentor elementary school children, with a focus on K-3 literacy.
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