Yesterday was my first day tutoring through Spero Project. Each day varies so I didn’t know exactly what to expect. In the end we had over 25 kids from at least 6 different countries and I definitely learned a lot on the job! Here are my lessons learned so far:
1. Not being able to speak the language is really tough when you just want the grown-up to help you make Power Ranger cuffs.
2. A roll of tape, markers, and a stack of paper can keep kids occupied for a minimum of three hours.
3. Explaining how to do mathematical estimation is not easy, but when you see the spark in the child’s eye because she gets it, it is definitely worth all the effort.
4. Every kid is obsessed with using the computers.
5. To little ones, attention and love and much more important than language barriers and cultural differences.
6. It’s hard to work in an apartment complex at dinner time with all the delicious smells from around the world and not get hungry.
7. All of the hand games I played as a kid are still popular.
8. And finally, I’m pretty lucky to be able to hang out with such a great group of kids through an incredible organization.