Dynamic Tutor TrainingsApril 20, 2011 at 1:28 PM | Posted in Basic Literacy, Training, Tutoring, Volunteers | Leave a comment
Tags: spring, thank you!, training, volunteers
This spring’s ESOL tutor training began last Saturday. Even though I have participated in over 25 of these workshops since joining the Council’s staff, no two of them are ever the same. Consequently, the experience never grows old. For one thing, the substance of the training continues to evolve. Our training team takes the feedback which participants provide on their evaluation forms very seriously. They approach the curriculum with the attitude that there is always room for improvement. As a result, they’re continually tweaking the training in an effort to keep it fresh and make it the best it can be.
The trainees themselves also keep the workshop experience interesting. Before each workshop begins, I learn a little about the participants from the information they provide on their registration forms, but this is nothing compared to meeting them in person. What admirable people they generally turn out to be. They bring such varied backgrounds and life experiences to this volunteer opportunity but are united in their desire to make a real difference in people’s lives.
In addition, each workshop definitely has its own personality. It’s always fascinating to observe the group dynamics at work, as well as the chemistry that develops between the trainers and trainees and between the trainees themselves over the three sessions.
-Elise Bruml, Tutoring Program Director