Fieldnote, 18 Sep. 2012

More families this evening. I arrived with S, and we would volunteer for two hours. Several of the children greeted us. I helped only two female students today, one in second grade, another in sixth. Both had math homework, word problems. It seemed that literacy was the focus of both sets of skills–how to interpret the question, the data, and knowing the mathematical procedures to follow. I’m reminded of Moises now:

Immersion.

One of the tutors couldn’t help the sixth grader with her math. I was asked if I could perform long division with decimals. I could. This was something, the other tutor mentioned, that usually the teachers deal with . . .

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