Community Service Proposal
For my University 101 community service project I want to tutor at Mauldin Middle School, the local middle school near my house. I have decided that I want to tutor for my community service project for many reasons. I have already contacted the school and have a found a teacher that would love some help. Beth Richardson is a 7th grade English teacher, and her cell phone number is (864) 918-3603. I plan on breaking the tutoring up over a course of three different hour long visits. That way neither I or the students get bored, and ultimately the students will have more material that can be reinforced.
Generally speaking, some of the reasons I would like to tutor is because tutoring increases the mastery of academic skills, improves self-esteem, it improves student attitudes toward school, decreases the dropout rate, breaks down social barriers and creates new friendships, and promotes support and positive role models. I remember when I was in middle school, and when it came time to do homework, I never did it. Having a session after or even during school helped me tremendously. And teachers even offered extra credit for attendance.
The main benefits for the students are that they get one on one instruction, the instruction gets tailored to specific learning styles and needs, instruction free of competition (students can progress at their own pace), increased praise/feedback/encouragement, and with a positive adult role model.
The main benefits for me the tutor are that I will have a sense of pride and accomplishment for having helped someone else, increased academic mastery, an enhanced sense of connection to their community, and it will give me valuable experience (especially if I try to become an SI leader for next year). The main benefits for the teacher are that there is a reduced amount of time spent on repetitive work, increased monitoring of individual students, and there is personal gratification in witnessing the success of...