Today was the spring celebration! It was so much fun seeing my learner present her work, and I could tell she was proud of what she had accomplished. And people seemed to love our poster and topic! Another great semester together, I can't wait for the fall!
Today was our last lesson for the semester :( We made a fantastic poster together showcasing the work we have done, and I can't wait for everyone to see it at the celebration! When we finished, we watched a little bit of Disney's Pocahontas as it tied in with one of the women we have talked about this semester.
Today was our last lesson before our preparation for the celebration, and we learned about Pocahontas! As an avid Disney fan, my learner was very excited to talk about the movie, and just as surprised as me to learn how different it was from real life. (Hour added for prep)
Today, my learner and I learned about Marie Curie, the famous physicist who won two Nobel Prizes for her work on radiation and her discovery of two(!) periodic elements. I had a lot of fun learning about this amazing woman as I made today's PowerPoint, and my learner was even more engaged than normal, adding facts that she had learned previously and asking some really awesome questions. (Hour added for preparation)
Today was Part 2 of our lesson on Helen Keller. In my planning, I thought it would be interesting to my learner to learn about fingerspelling (the method of communication used by Helen to feel what others were saying). Turns out my learner already knew how to fingerspell!!! It was so fun to watch her be proud of something she had already learned in high school. So today was merely a review for her, and she was able to teach me something new, which was really fun. (A half hour added for prep.)
Today we started learning about Helen Keller. I noticed that my learner was very intrigued when I showed her a video of how Keller would "listen" with her hands, so it gave me an idea for next week to learn a little about sign language. (Hour added for prep)
Today we continued to learn about Florence Nightingale, specifically focused on her two titles of statistician and nurse and how her work with statistics influenced her nursing. During a worksheet creating our own coxcomb diagram (a type of statistical diagram that Nightingale developed), I was excited to hear my learner express that she was having fun. Can't wait to continue our work learning about famous women from history! (An extra hour was added for prep)
Since I was sick the week before, today was our first lesson! It was awesome being able to catch up with my learner, and I was excited to hear that she wants to learn about a few famous women from history! We started off our semester by taking a look together at the first woman on her list, Florence Nightingale.
This was PAL orientation. I thought that the PAL-entines were a great idea! I know my learner will love to receive a card from me at our first session on Monday. Very excited!
Today was the celebration!!! It was so nice to see my learner and her family, and to be able to show everyone all of the hard work my learner has been doing. I also loved being able to see what other tutors/learners worked on and the relationships they have built. My favorite part of the celebration was accidentally wearing matching outfits with my learner: just shows how much closer we have gotten over these three semesters! Can't wait to continue learning alongside her next year :)