The Five Colleges Tutor Mentor Training Series:
Partners and Sponsors: This series is sponsored by the Five College Community-Based Learning Committee, and Hoyloke community partners, and was supported in part by a Commonwealth Corps grant to Mount Holyoke College from the Office of Governor Deval Patrick and the Massachusetts Service Alliance.
Pilot Training Series: This Spring 2010 we hosted our first ever Five Colleges-Sponsored Tutor Mentor Training series as a pilot. It went great and was attended by students of all Five Colleges and community members. The trainers provided for each of these trainings are inspiring, excited, and passionate public school teachers and specialists in Math, Reading, and some in youth development at after-school programs. Please read about their work experiences below. They are passionate about working with you all to help educate their students in the best possible ways.To see a list of trainings offered this past Spring please view below. The training series will continue in Fall 2010. In collaboration with many Holyoke Public School teachers, directors of youth-based after school programs, and Five Colleges faculty, staff, administrators, and students, we are planning trainings that will meet the needs of campus and community partners. Please check back on this website, and the main calendar, for training details, times, and locations. Trainings will be campus-based with a shared core set of training materials, trainers, and principles behind the tutor mentor training series.
Context: Hundreds of Five Colleges students enter into in-school and after-school programs in Holyoke, Springfield, and surrounding communities. An incredible number of students provide tutoring and mentoring through work study, for-credit positions, and volunteering through a campus service-learning/volunteer office. But sheer numbers will not make all the difference- teachers and program directors working with the youth notice the amazing differences you are making, but also note the increased affects you could have if you were trained in tutoring math techniques, reading skills, what the students needed to know to pass Massachusetts State Tests, best practices for doing homework, and especially how to make your 1 or 2-hour tutoring sessions productive using games and activities that you and the student you're working with will really enjoy.
Tutor Tool Box: The Tutor Tool Box is a manual for tutors. It contains materials for tutors working in all community settings: in classrooms, after-school programs, and community-based programs. The materials provided here are only a small cross-section of the endless free materials available; we have included acknowledgements and a list of additional sources. We hope that you find these materials helpful when learning how to structure a tutoring session, getting to know your tutee, reading books, writing stories, learning grammar, practicing algebra, playing logic games, remembering geometry rules, and more. Please use and use again. Add your own resources, personal games and ideas, to make the next edition even better than the first.
Download the Tutor Tool Box Here:
Training Videos: Two short video clips were produced and published on YouTube from the Tutor Training Session on Math, with Mr. Luis Martinez, an Eighth Grade Math teacher at the Kelly School in Holyoke.
The First is called "Exploding Addition": This video is specifically about a tutoring/teaching math technique called "Exploding Addition"- when doing double-digit addition with a student this is a fun and easy way to explain carrying the ones digit.
The Second Video as called "Breaking The Problem Down": This video is specifically about "Breaking the Problem Down"- one students asks: "What do you do with a long division problem if the student just does not understand?," Answer: "Break The Problem Down."