Friday, March 01, 2013
I haven't left my day job at the high school. But I maintain a resume on Care.com - a wonderful site that helps to hook up people needing services with people offering services. Last year I was helping a little old lady. When she entered an assisted living home, my time with her ended. Every now and then I check in at the site and apply for different things. But for that assignment, someone contacted ME. The same for my present one - tutoring.
I have taught art and Spanish in private schools, and have home-schooled two of my kids. So when I was asked about tutoring two children to help in their regular academics and also help them learn conversational Spanish, I was glad to give it a shot. Last night was my first night with my two pupils, aged 8 and 9. Sweet kids, polite, attentive, fun. During the first hour we wrote introductory compositions (me too - with purposeful errors) and then we proofread and corrected them together. I told them a little about etymology and grammar (puctuation is a weakness). During the second hour we talked about Spanish, noting words and phrases they already knew - or had heard and wanted to know what they meant. We closed with a game of "I Spy" inSpanish to practice our colors.
I got paid to have fun!