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ERIC Number: ED217382
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
Pages: 8
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
"Before" You Begin: Feasibility of Aged Volunteers Tutoring Children in Reading.
Lovelace, Terry
Potential sources of volunteers over the age of 65 for tutoring in remedial or compensatory reading programs include retired teacher associations, local councils on aging, and local chapters of the American Association for Retired People. Personal contact is generally responsible for volunteers' participation in a tutorial program. When addressing or writing potential tutors, one should outline the need for one-to-one assistance for children with reading problems, typical tutorial tasks, the amount of training required, and the amount of time to be spent with children. Initial screening of volunteers should be conducted by a reading specialist who is also aware of some facets of gerontology, and should include inquiries about the volunteer's general health, previous educational training, and commitment to the tutorial program. When planning tutorial training, it is important to allow for suggestions from the classroom teacher, and to center tutor training on identified school needs, incorporating definitions of reading terms, reading instruction strategies, and school rules and procedures. Sessions should be scheduled so that students are not pulled out of classes they enjoy. When implementing the tutorial program, one should organize classroom space and procedures to assist smooth transitions and operations. Supervision and evaluation should focus on tutor progress as well as student progress, because a program with poorly trained tutors is more damaging than no program at all. (HTH)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A