As a first year tutor in the AR Kids Read program, I was overwhelmed with feelings of being the best tutor
and mentor I could be. I wanted to show kids that although I was an adult, I also related to their desire
to learn new information. I wanted to show each child that learning isn’t a chore, but it is a fun and
rewarding experience. What I didn’t expect was to learn from the students and use the information in
raising my own children. I was drawn to one particular student. I understood his misfortune of ADHD and
learned how as a system, we need to slow down and walk through life, instead of rushing each other.
This student is the one that is last at turning in assignments, can’t stay focused on one particular topic,
and at times has to finish what he is currently doing before moving on to the next assignment. The teaching
methods and learning styles are different in school than when I was growing up, so it was rather humbling
for this second grader to teach me his assignment. Once I caught on, we were knocking the questions out.
I would give him a “high-five” or just a little amount of praise like, “good job.” His entire face would
light up. Not only did he smile with his mouth, but his cheeks and eyes lit up as well. I can only imagine
how much this kid is pushed aside or overlooked because he has a hard time focusing. But what I do know
for a fact, is every Tuesday, he gets so excited we are there. He loves telling me stories about his family
and animals. And, as long as we are still working and getting the assignment completed, I let him tell me.
You never know, that may be the only time someone actually listens to him.