Service Learning Blog
As much as I would like to tell you different, the service learning experience was not what I had in mind. I had signed up for a service learning site over in North Minneapolis where we were going to tutor high school aged students with their basic skills. Unfortunately, I didn't get the chance to tutor any students at all. Every day that I would come, no students seemed to want any help. I did find out that a couple of days that I couldn't make it, students did come into the homework room to ask for help, and recieved it from the other service learning students. This became very frustrating to me because I wanted this experience to open my eyes, make me a better person, teach students, and have them teach me something in return. I can definitely see how this problem happened though... The school where I went was an alternative high school where high school dropouts came to or kids with special circumstances went. So, to say the least, most of them were not motivated to do their homework let alone come into the homework room and ask complete strangers for help.
I did get a chance to see a fellow service learning student help one boy with his homework for a little bit, so I did see how it goes. But other than that, nothing.
I like the fact of how I was able to be there for the kids just in case any of them needed help, but I feel as though my time was wasted at this service learning site. The problem was a combination of the days I couldn't be there and the students will to ask for help. Hopefully next time it will be more of a rewarding experience.