Learning to Teach

Have you ever taught someone to read? How about math? I must admit it’s probably been close to 15 years since I helped a student with their homework.
The other week I visited our Leaven center in Rialto. The moment I walked in I was surrounded by the children, all eager to greet me with smiles, waves and hugs; and within minutes of entering the center, one of the children asked me for help on his math homework.

DSC05854I knew the answer to the problem, but truthfully, I wasn’t sure how to explain it to him. Like I said, it’s been a long time since I helped teach someone else a math problem. Fortunately, the Site Director was right there and showed the student how to do the problem. It was a really fulfilling moment watching this young boy solve the problem on his own.

And after observing how the Site Director explained the problem, it stirred memories within me, and reminded me about all of those techniques I had learned so many years ago.

I was impressed not only by how engaged these students are, but how excited they are to learn. And the staff was kind and more than willing to help an adult feel welcome at the center.

You’ve probably heard about volunteering at our Leaven centers, but may, like me, have been concerned about how you could help these students when you yourself may not have been in school for many years.

Summertime is the perfect time to try volunteering at The Leaven for the first time. It may seem far away, but spring break is just around the corner, and summer will be hot on its heels. And with the arrival of summer comes Summer Success.

Our Summer Success program makes summers amazing for kids. Because school is out, our students have more opportunities for fun and relaxation, but they’re also working to improve their reading, all while being surrounded with care in a safe place.

Our students love meeting new people and greeting all of our volunteers. And the adults feel great, too! I was surprised during my visit how accomplished I felt after helping the students with their homework, even though they were the ones doing the work. It’s such a rewarding experience for both the children, and our volunteers, and I’m sure you would feel the same after just one visit.

To find out more or apply to volunteer at any of our Leaven programs, go to http://www.myleaven.com/volunteer/. This is just one great way you can help kids and communities rise.

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