Literacy program to celebrate win-win for students Dec. 3

December 2, 2013 | Events, UToday, Judith Herb College of Education
By Samantha Watson

Over the last semester, students at Dorr Elementary School have not only learned from their tutors, they’ve taught them as well.

The kindergarten through third-grade students were tutored by junior teaching candidates at The University of Toledo who are taking the course Literacy Assessment and Remediation. Each UT student paired up with a Dorr Elementary child for tutoring sessions throughout the semester.

The program not only provides free tutoring to the elementary children, it also allows the UT students to apply their course work to a real situation before doing student teaching as seniors.

“I think the experience they are having is invaluable,” said Susan Parks, UT associate lecturer in curriculum and instruction, who instructs the course. “The class itself is all about research-based assessments and remediation.”

During their tutoring sessions, UT students are monitored by Parks and her graduate assistant, who sit in and assess, and later they debrief the students, letting them know what they are doing well and what they should work on.

On Tuesday, Dec. 3, from noon to 2 p.m. in the Dorr Elementary cafeteria, the UT students will showcase what they’ve done with their students throughout the semester and celebrate the completion of the program. UT mascot Rocksy will make an appearance.

“One of the students was kind of upset that the program was going to be ending,” Parks said. “Apparently, her teacher refers to the class as ‘time to go to college,’ and she said to her tutor, ‘Am I going to a different college next time?’”

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