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Thursday, May 6, 2010

"So, what do you actually do?"

Now that we are official volunteers and have started
working, people from home have been asking me, "So, what do you actually do?" I haven't been very thorough in answering this question because, even now, just starting out, my brain gets overheated thinking about all of the different jobs, activities, and responsibilities that my assignment entails. Saying that I am a special education volunteer doesn't seem like an adequate response.
On Mondays and Wednesdays, I am working with a Special Education Needs Teacher (SENT) at a local primary school. I have helped her to administer the Grenada Reading Screening (GRS) assessment to identify students with special needs and I am working with her to add guided and shared reading activities to her reading instruction. During the last two weeks I have also been working on teaching her and her students how to use PowerPoint to make their own books. On Wednesdays after school, I help run the school's Girl Guides group (like Girl Scouts).
I also work at a secondary school, on Tuesdays and Thursdays, where my focus is on math. I sit in on math classes and assist the struggling students during their independent work time. I also have one-on-one math tutoring sessions throughout the day with students in a small office I share with another special education teacher. On Tuesday afternoons, I help another volunteer out with a remedial after-school math program she runs.
On Fridays, I volunteer with Grenada's National Organization for Women (GNOW). GNOW runs a variety of programs aimed at promoting gender equality on the island. Right now, I'm working with another volunteer to design a workshop for primary school kids on domestic violence.
That more or less sums up my work week :)