Today I'm going to the second tutor training workshop. After today I should be qualified to help an adult learn to read or tutor an English language learner. Last week's class was really good. I learned so much about how to teach English to someone who doesn't speak it. I also learned a little about learning disabilities. It's by no means a comprehensive course (I'd need to get a Masters degree to learn the theory behind it all), but it will get me started. Now I just need the volunteer coordinator to call me back with a placement. She has until Monday morning - after that I'm calling one of the other coordinators.
I do have one gripe about the class last week - the guy next to me. Seriously, I thought I left guys like that behind when I graduated High School. He spent the first hour or so of class doing Origami. He made a couple of cranes, and this weird ball type thing. Then played with the paper scraps. Now, we did learn about how some people are "Kinesthetic/Tactile Learners" ... you know they need to touch everything and learn best by hands-on-methods. I buy that. But I still fail to see how doing Origami in the middle of a lesson on adult literacy is helping anyone. I found it unbelievably distracting & annoying.
Oh, and he was a breather. I hate breathers. You know, the ones who give big heavy sighs on a regular basis... who sound like Darth Vadar. Now I'm asthmatic and even I don't breathe that loudly (when awake anyway, I've been told I snore quite heartily). I was so irritated and distracted by his very existance in the class I nearly got into an accident when I went to get my lunch.
Then, back in the class-room (she'd only given us a short break to get lunch... then we ate in the class room while watching a video)... the guy comes back in - with a FISH TACO! Yeah, that's considerate when you've got 20 people crammed into a small classroom where you can't open the windows. Oh man.
So today... I'm going to try to sit as far away from Mr Origami Darth Taco as I can.
Wish me luck!