A student brought in a really good saying the other day
“Don’t let success go to your head or failure go to your heart”
As tutors we can measure learner’s progress by the number of pages read, the correct spelling used, the sums answered correctly and by improved test scores, but to learners it can mean so much more. Jeanie and Sally have been recording successes and highlights; here are some highlights:
- Read her very first book!
- Had a baby (and got married).
- Read a letter from a computer company
- Following completion of Te Hurihanga, finished an ATET course and obtained “Class V” & “Pilots licence”, now has a truck driving job starting Monday!
- Read and complete a form whilst in the shop:)
- Wrote a classified advert listing with tutor and sold a motor bike on trademe within 5 mins of going ‘live’.
- Written 2 short stories from plan to finish.
- Passed her drivers licence!! A real achievement.
- Finished my first Open Poly book!
- Completed an excellent dyslexia course. Learners very inspired – want to extend course – don’t want to stop learning.
- Wrote my first poem
The Beauty of the West Coast
The grey and rocky sand with driftwood, dead trees scattered along it shores.
You can watch, listen and smell the waves as they smash into the land.
There is no other sound, upon the beach not another soul.
They grey sands reflect the grey skies as I stand in the drizzling rain.
Its harshness and emptiness for those who walk along it will ponder on its beauty, as I did, that grey and drizzly day.
Poem from a participant on the dyslexia course.
And what does success look like for a tutor?
One tutor was thrilled to hear a maths phobic learner describe how much she had enjoyed their last maths session.
Another student went into Whitcoulls with his wife and was looking for books. His wife was dumbfounded “But you haven’t read a book in 30 years!”. “Well, I’ve learnt to read now”, and he bought an autobiography of a famous NZ pilot.
So what does success look like to you?