It took me months to realize that my student, Graham*, did not know my name. Graham was a high school senior with a traumatic brain injury. He knew the names of family members, but no one else. Graham was very good at covering, faking out his friends, teammates, and me.
I was a homebound teacher, working with students who could not attend school for medical reasons. I was Graham’s only teacher, creating the curriculum, writing the lesson plans, creating the assessments, and grading his work. We met one-on-one for hours each week to work on English, US Government, and his college essay.
Graham’s mother, the school, and I were in constant contact. How was he feeling? What was the latest doctor’s report? What progress was he making academically? Did he qualify for Special Education? What accommodations should he receive? When would he be ready to return to school?
That year was transformative for me. I had always been a classroom teacher. Teaching one-on-one was a whole new experience, one that I loved. I knew my students inside and out, in a way I never could in the classroom. Additionally, I formed close relationships with parents as we worked in their child’s best interests. I became a liaison between the families and school, easing my students’ transitions back to school. Though I would return to the classroom the next year, I never forgot the experience.Fast forward to 2016. I became a mother and decided to leave my teaching position. However, I still wanted to work with teenagers and their families. Remembering my year teaching homebound students. I realized that I could work with families as a tutor.
So why do I tutor? I tutor because I want to provide a more personal, individualized experience for my students.I tutor because I want to provide a more personal, individualized experience for my students. Click To Tweet
I want to foster relationships with families. I aim to assist in communication between schools and families. I tutor to help kids.
*The student’s name has been changed to protect his privacy.