City Year works hard every day alongside our partners in the education space to help students reach their full potential. When it comes to coaching, mentoring and tutoring, we know that the little things go a long way and are just as important when it comes to supporting our students. Read how our sites pay attention to the details to ensure that their students are on-track and engaged at school. It’s all in the details!
“The mornings I struggled with my piercing alarm clock and my bed urged me to sleep in, I got up and put on the red jacket knowing an adventure with Simon* was waiting at school,” City Year alumna Savannah Jones (Kansas City, ’17) says. Savannah and Simon quickly became two peas in a pod. Through the power of mentorship, Savannah empowered Simon to improve his behavior in the classroom and, in return, he helped Savannah find her calling. Read to learn about this perfect pair and their tremendous belief in one another.
Vocabulary is how we communicate – it paints the colors in our everyday world. Working with our students, we can use vocabulary to paint illustrative pictures of words. How do you describe a villain walking? Slithered, slunk, stalked. How do we convey the grace of a dancer? Pirouette, prance, polka.
But what happens when students don’t know or understand enough words to share their feelings, express themselves or participate fully and meaningfully in the classroom. Here are some small ways our AmeriCorps members work to build their students’ vocabularies.
Consistently attending school is critical to a student’s success. Annie Stuckslager, third-grade teacher at KIPP Collegiate Elementary and City Year Memphis AmeriCorps member, Kai Jones, talk about how they use their creativity, the interests of her students and the Memphis community to create incentives that improved the attendance of the students with whom she works.
“ I was thinking back to standardized test time. A third grader, with more energy than a hummingbird, showed up in her frilly party dress, perfect hairdo, and patent leather dress shoes; obviously, she and her family got the message that testing time is a special occasion. Throughout the test she wiggled, scooted, and tapped those shoes disturbing every other circle-filling test taker in the room.” Read how one staff member came up with a creative solution to help students focus on test day.