Thanking

I love Thanksgiving as a holiday about stuffing and pie and family and a full table. I have the pile of dishes and the fridge full of leftovers to prove it. But, I also appreciate a calendar reminder to be thankful. This time last year, I thought about our students, and counted some blessings in my life: reading and math and English and d...
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Calculating

We all know that the true benefits of education are incalculable. As a teacher, having a student tell me at the end of the year "I learned I'm smarter than I thought I was" is worth more than any score on any standardized test, or any outcome measure the Dept. of Education can invent.And, yet. Not everyone has had that heart-melting exper...
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Welcoming (Back)

It's (almost) back to school time. For kids, certainly and, gratifyingly for our adult learners too (although their break was often a little longer, and generally a lot less like a vacation). But also, for volunteers coming back to HTM. For many, the break was the summer. Classes ended in June, they'll be back. in September; it's the rhythm of the...
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Questioning

Things on my mind, and popping up in conversations with volunteers and with colleagues....​When a student asks a question, say, 'What's 3 + 8 ?" (To give a simple example. For imaginative purposes, substitute the appropriate question for your subject - ​What punctuation do I use? What's the main idea? What's the hypothesis? What's the answer to #3?...
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Staying (pt. 2)

Last week, I was firmly in my data-loving mode. Our volunteers are staying with the program longer. This is great. (and I got to make graphs) But this week, the story side. I asked our volunteers why they keep coming back every week. The consensus was clear: "The students!"  (wrote two volunteers from completely different corner...
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