“The beginning is the most important part of the work.” -Plato
Welcome back, Volunteers!!
This year’s Back to School trainings were unprecedented. We had over 120 volunteers attend in San Francisco and Oakland combined. Thank you for your dedication and enthusiasm!
For those of you that were not able to attend the Back to School trainings, I would like to give you a quick introduction to help you get to know me a little better:
My name is Angie Kite – the new Literacy Trainer for Experience Corps Bay Area. I recently moved from Jacksonville, Florida where I taught 15 brilliant, loving third graders in literacy, mathematics, science, social studies, and everything in between. I graduated from the University of Florida in 2005 and joined the Peace Corps to teach English in Suriname, South America. After I returned from my volunteer stint, I taught fourth and second grade for three and a half years at Henry F. Kite Elementary School. During my fourth year of teaching, I joined International School Services in Republic of Congo teaching a combined Pre-Kindergarten/Kindergarten class in the mornings and K-5 literacy and physical education classes in the afternoons. Here I worked with English Language Learners from all over the world and grew tremendously as a professional educator and human being. I am thrilled to be a part of Experience Corps and it’s mission of creating powerful opportunities for 50-plus adults to meet society’s greatest challenges, specifically education.
Now, on to the more interesting stuff…
BACK TO SCHOOL RECAP
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 or rekindling relationships with previous mentees. Here are a few tips to think about as you get ready for this new school year.
Relationship building: Building Relationships Powerpoint 13-14
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 trainings (see attachments below), and you all shared your own ideas (joke books, maps to show where you’ve been). 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 explained and shown below.
You can use notecards, large labels 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.
Good luck on your journey to build new, positive, and lasting relationships this school year!