|Zoe and Melissa during a tutoring session|
It was so much fun to create a project with Ivette that was completely directed by her creativity and comfort level! She learned how long it took to make a jewelry set, how to brainstorm her creative abilities, and how to price items based on time and costs. And what did I learn? I learned how to loop loom using rubber bands from Ivette. This experience also reminded me that I can learn something new at any age, from anyone.
The finished product!
*Family Matters is so grateful to be the recipient of this year’s proceeds from Jellyvision’s auction. Thank you, Jellyvision!
Brad Schwarzhoff shares a story about helping students through the Evening Tutoring program at Family Matters.
For the past few years, I’ve been working with my student Jaime during the evening tutoring program. During our weekly sessions, I often share my knowledge of technology with Jaime, whether it’s adding some memory to a computer, learning the basics of programming, or most recently, fixing a tablet computer.
|Jaime and Brad at tutoring|
I’ve gotten to know Jaime’s family since I’ve been his tutor, including Jaime’s brother Marino, who is also a student in the evening tutoring program. Jaime and Marino were lucky enough to obtain their own tablet computers through a program at their school. On one sad December day, Marino accidentally dropped his tablet and shattered the screen.
A month later a replacement screen was ordered and we spent a Saturday afternoon fixing the tablet.
|The tablet in its sad state|
|We pulled up a youtube video on how to fix a screen on this particular tablet.|
Following along with the video, we took apart the tablet, replaced the screen, and re-assembled the tablet. We ran into a couple of challenges along the way, persevered, and were triumphant in the end.
|Marino removing the tablet battery|
Through some hard work and perseverance, Marino and Jaime learned how their tablets are assembled, and learned how tablets work internally. As a result, they have additional pride when using their tablets. I learned that it can be more fun to to fix a tablet when you’re teaching someone how to do it. (A pointer for those of you who may also have a cracked tablet or phone screen – there’s a wealth of information on the internet, including videos that will show you how to do almost anything you want to do, including fix your own electronics. Be brave and give it a try!)
|A happy Marino with his good-as-new tablet.|
I’ve now been tutoring at Family Matters for over 7 years. It has been, without a doubt, the most rewarding experience that I’ve ever been a part of. It truly is a wonderful organization, and I highly recommend getting involved.
When I returned to Chicago after a year in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, I found myself settling into a neighborhood I barely knew: Rogers Park. Aside from visiting my sister when she studied at Loyola, teaching English to a woman who lived off the Jarvis stop, and attending a few theater and music performances off the Morse stop, I never had a reason to spend much time in the neighborhood.