The past month has been very exciting for me – I’m 99.9% close to becoming an adult literacy tutor with the organization Washtenaw Literacy and I couldn’t be more excited, anxious and scared.
I am an educated and confident person but the thought of being face-to-face with a grown up (this person could be in their 50’s for all I know) who is counting on me to help them achieve their literacy goals kind of freaks me out. Will I be a good tutor? Will they get annoyed if my lesson plans aren’t interesting to them? Will there be enough progress so we both feel like a success?
Like most things I do in life, my decision to become a tutor was made on a whim. Richard and I were in a local book store and on their flyer was an advertisement “LITERACY TUTORS NEEDED.” I thought “Huh… I love to read. I need something to do in Ann Arbor other than work 40 hrs a week….Why not!” So I signed up.
Literacy is so much more than putting on your leopard print Snuggie, settling down with a hot cup of tea and reading the latest bestseller – it’s how we survive on a daily basis. Please, take a moment and imagine what it would be like to live a day without literacy…
Scary, right? You’re isolated, but you also rely a lot on others for your survival. You are good at faking it but always worried someone will notice. You can’t fill out simple forms. You can’t write your kid a note for school. You can’t live your life to the fullest extent. We should all take a moment and give mad props for whoever taught us how to read. What a gift!
I get matched with my learned in a couple weeks. We will spend 2 hrs/week for one year together, working slowly to achieve their goals. I don’t even know this person but can’t for them to discover the joy that reading can bring. I hope to update my readers on my progress as a tutor – without betraying the confidentiality of my learned – who knows maybe I will inspire you one of you to sign up for a literacy organization in your area… Which is totally why I made this post, you want to sign up now – don’t you? Muahaha.
Tell me, who helped you learn to read? What’s your favourite children’s or young adult’s book?