The Volunteer Tutor Applicant is considering volunteering for the Read Together Program of Midcoast Literacy in Bath, Maine. Read Together offers free, one-on-one tutoring services to students, 6-14 years of age, who are struggling to read and write at grade level. This is a supplemental program conducted outside of school, staffed by volunteers dedicated to improving the lives and literacy of young people. Volunteer tutors will commit to work one hour, twice a week for a minimum of one year with their students. Volunteers are expected to be respectful, organized, dependable, kind, patient, and flexible.
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Question 1: A Read Together tutor needs to be dependable, punctual, kind, friendly, and helpful. Does this describe the applicant?
Question 2: A Read Together tutor needs to feel comfortable and confident around children, be able to assess the needs and abilities of the student, and create a positive atmosphere of learning and discovery within the tutoring sessions. Why do you think this applicant would be a good fit for this position?
Question 3: Our students may be experiencing struggles at home. They may be lacking literacy resources at home, living in poverty, and witnessing stressful family relationships. Our tutors need to interact with students' family members at the beginning and end of each session. Do you think the applicant will be able to interact with family members in a positive, supportive, and clear manner?
Question 4: Our students may be struggling at school: academically, socially, emotionally, and/or behaviorally. Why do you think the applicant is well suited to create a positive learning atmosphere for a child who may have already come to see learning to read as a negative process?