Category Archives: Tutoring at Scoil Bhride

These posts reflect the experience of tutoring primary school students in Galway, Ireland. This tutoring was a key piece of a transformative Service Learning course at the National University of Ireland, Galway (NUIG.) Service Learning with Professor Dermot Burns provided inspiration for both my independent major at St. Olaf and my future vocation.

Ivan the Prince and his Magic Boots: Reflections as the end of Tutoring at Scoil Bhride Approaches

Patrick’s finger rested on the oversized print of each black word on the page. It moved in circles over brightly colored images of a tiny Prince hopping from mountaintops to castle turrets in purple, red and yellow “magic boots” given … Continue reading

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Rethinking the “Average”

shawn_achor_the_happy_secret_to_better_work.html My Mom sent me this video yesterday. Full of quick witted jokes and profound musings about the question of the “average,” Shawn Achor’s TED talk tells us that we can change our formula for happiness and success–taking control of … Continue reading

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UNESCO’s Global Literacy Challenge: The Right to Read

Throughout the 80 or so pages of the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization Global Literacy Challenge document, a call to action is clear–ringing in the ears of a well-educated audience through the conduit of the arches and lines … Continue reading

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Lucia’s Tears: Another Wednesday at Scoil Bhride and Thoughts about the “Business Model” of Education Cross-Culturally

I tried everything. Kneeling beside 3rd grader Lucia’s tiny uniform-clad body, I asked her questions about her siblings, her vocabulary words and her dream vacation as I occasionally patted her back and told her that everyone has difficult days. The … Continue reading

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Imagining Change: My Ideal Homework Club

Gripping a cardboard cup of tea with icy fingers in one hand and a pen in the other, my fellow classmates and I (urging caffeine into our veins on another rainy Irish Wednesday morning) sat down to lay out plans … Continue reading

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There are No Stories in Songs

Kneeling on a worn red pillow as a boy named Johnathan told me enthusiastically about the strawberry seeds he had planted as part of a science experiment, I was feeling idealistic. We talked about methods for watering, predictions for the … Continue reading

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Clocks and Ongoing Fruit Battles: Week Two at Scoil Bhride

This week’s reflective task: Write a journal article which describes the type of work you do with the children at the club, concentrating on the variety of tasks they are asked to perform for homework and the role you play … Continue reading

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