Doing the Math

It’s official. After dealing with a principal at a school I will not name in Cincinnati who stood me up when I was supposed to do orientation as a tutor for Be the Change Tutoring Campaign, I have been placed at Chase Elementary School in Northside. I received a call on Monday to set up my orientation and tour the school.

“We have enough language arts tutors, would you feel comfortable with math?”

“ummm sure! Just not eight-grade. Maybe sixth grade.”

I am terrified.

I don’t have a whole lot of confidence in my ability to do 6th grade math, and I’m sure I’ll be consulting my math ed. friends for some help. Even though I’m terrified, I’m so excited! I’ve never legitimately tutored before. And even if it’s only for a month and a half, I think I’ll be doing some good. For the most part, I’m doing it so I can get to know some people in the district and get a feel for Cincinnati Public Schools—I want to interact with the types of kids in the district.

Be the Change Tutoring Campaign is partnered with Strive Together, a non-profit organization targeted towards helping Cincinnati’s youth succeed in education. The tutoring campaign is fairly new, and is has already shown improvement in the standardized test scores in the areas of reading and math, for what that’s worth. Once I have some first-hand experience, I’ll be able to say more about it in the future.  I strongly encourage you to think about helping out if you will be in the Cincinnati area next school year.

Graduation is fast-approaching. I can’t believe how much I’ve buried my life in work—I have NO IDEA where all this time went. In these last few weeks, I’m going to be doing the best I can to visit with the people I may not get to see in the future. If I had the time to be sentimental, I’d totally be wallowing in my sadness. I refuse to do that, and am so gratified about the time I’ve spent here and the people I’ve developed relationships with. Call me up if you want to hang out or get coffee!

Thanks, Ryan. I don’t either.


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