In July's installment of our tutoring success stories series (which are also featured in Midcoast Literacy's e-mail newsletter) we're highlighting the Read Together pair of Jim & Jeremy.
For this month’s story, we’re highlighting the creativity and adaptiveness of our tutors, many of whom have had to learn new approaches during the COVID-19 shut-down. Jim and one of our teenage learners, Jeremy, had been working together twice a week for two years, steadily strengthening Jeremy’s reading and writing skills. When COVID-19 hit Maine, and schools and our office closed in mid-March, Jim quickly set up remote sessions so they could continue. However, they discovered their familiar hour-long meetings weren’t the right fit for remote learning. Instead, meeting more often (but for shorter periods) kept things focused. “We have not missed any time during the virus, and now we meet five days a week via Zoom for short sessions,” says Jim. “Jeremy has responded well to the change and has shown amazing progress over the last few months."
Now in the good weather, Jim and Jeremy occasionally meet outdoors, as well as continuing to work remotely. "It has been a good summer,” says Jeremy. “We have gotten a lot of stuff done over Zoom that we found online." Because of the quick adaptation of their sessions, Jeremy hasn't missed a beat and is working to successfully begin his freshman year in high school in whatever form it takes come September.
Congratulations to Jim and Jeremy, and thank you to every one of our tutors who has tried something new to make distance learning a success this spring and summer. Keep following us for more success stories from our tutors throughout the year.