TUTOR ORIENTATION: Saturday, March 25, 2017 from 10 am – 12:30 pm

TUTOR ORIENTATION: Saturday, March 25, 2017 from 10 am to 12:30 pm

Turning Pages will be welcoming new volunteer tutors to a Tutor Orientation session on Saturday, March 25, from 10-12:30 at our central location in the First Christian Church, 2062 Beltline Boulevard (park in the lower church parking lot across the street from ACE Hardware and Casa-Linda Restaurant). Refreshments will be provided. Please RSVP at literacycolumbia@gmail.com if you are planning to attend.

We at Turning Pages look forward to having you on our team of volunteers, our life-blood, as we help adult learners turn the page to their own possibilities with one-on-one and small group literacy tutoring.

Sign up to volunteer with Turning Pages on our interest form
Please come and invite anyone you know who wants to make a life-changing difference in someone’s life through literacy tutoring.

The session is recommended for all prospective volunteers who would like to help adults improve their literacy skills (reading, writing, speaking, computer skills, ESL–English as a Second Language, and GED prep). The session is free. Here’s your opportunity to help an adult turn the pages to their own opportunities.

Please RSVP

More information about volunteering can be found at our volunteer page or by contacting us at 803-782-1210.

Rhythm

Rhythm

I want to talk to you about a topic on which I am no expert–rhythm. Even though I was good at kickball, when it came to rehearsing on the blacktop for the May Day festival dance in sixth grade, there was one move I just couldn’t get. Skipping. All the other students seemed to skip without thinking, and come to think about it, looking back now, maybe I was thinking too hard.

The more I thought about how to do it, the harder it got. I thought I saw what others were doing, but when I tried to do it, I was stymied. My foot went up, yes, but I couldn’t get the next part. I stalled in mid-air, and then it was time to shift to the other foot. Panic! What came next? My legs must have looked like a wayward pogo stick, out-of-sync shanks. What was missing? I just could not get it. The answer was: rhythm.

Why is learning so hard for some students? I would submit it’s because some students just can’t get into a rhythm that works for them. The problem is that everybody has different rhythms. Good teachers, I believe, find a rhythm that students can follow and make their own. The students learn how to get into a pattern, a rhythm if you will, that feels good for them. For students that come from chaotic households, finding a predictable rhythm can provide the real security and calm that creates a context for learning.

Sitting in a cramped desk, as you might imagine, for some learners, just goes against their natural rhythms. At-risk students, learning-disabled students, kinesthetic or tactile learners, and many adult learners require innovative methods that allow learners to feel comfortable in their own bodies–safe, settling into a pattern that works for them. Once a learner finds the right rhythm, I believe, he or she can develop the flow that makes learning fun.

One point of getting into a rhythm is so your body can go on auto-pilot, so you don’t have to think, right? Your body is free to soar, like Michael Jordan on a roll. You glide.

Well, some of us, anyway.

The learner does not have to think so much about what he or she is doing. They just do it. It’s in their muscles. The learner is “in the zone,” again, like Michael Jordan.

Once, I learned the rhythm of skipping, the little two-step, it was like riding a bike; I didn’t have to second-guess myself. I just skipped. As educators and tutors, we need to look for ways to help students find their own natural rhythms.

-Chris Mathews

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child skipping rope

Celebrating Thoreau in South Carolina – 2/25/2017

Thoreau: A 200th Birthday Celebration
Date: Saturday, February 25th from 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Location: St. Peter’s Catholic Church, Neglia Hall 1529 Assembly St, Columbia, SC 29202 for directions use Google Maps.

Join us for stories, music and fun!
In honor of nature-lover Henry David Thoreau, there will be a hands-on presentation of animal artifacts from the Congaree National Park, a storyteller and book giveaways for participating children.

Presented by Turning Pages, Congaree National Forest, SC Department of Education, and SC Center for Children’s Books and Literacy.

Turning Pages’ director Chris Mathews will be reading two books for children about Thoreau.

Former Director John Myers has organized this commemoration of Thoreau’s 200th birthday.

Thoreau

TURNING PAGES THIRD ANNUAL GOLF TOURNAMENT 2017

Support Turning Pages by coming out for a day of golf on Saturday April 1, 2017

Start Time: Registration 8:30 AM. Tee Time: 9:30 AM.

Site: Charwood Golf Club, 222 Clubhouse Drive, West Columbia SC 29172 Phone: 803-775-2000 Website: www.charwood.com

Format: Captain’s Choice, 4 player teams.

Entry Fee: $75.00/ player, or, if registered as a team, $275.00/team

Join Us: for golf, food, prizes and the knowledge that you are supporting a unique adult literacy non-profit agency: we train functionally illiterate adults not served by other adult education programs

Registration Form and Sponsorship Information: Use second page from the golf tournament document (pdf format).

Thoreau Weekend at Congaree National Park – April 22- 23, 2017

There are several upcoming events that celebrate Thoreau. The Columbia Star has a list of activities and events on their webpage.

Dreher drama students performing the Living History (part of this which was written by John Myers and directed by Chris Mathews) chronicling key parts of Thoreau’s life will be presented along the boardwalk at three different times at Congaree National Park on 4/22/2017 (Earth Day) at 1 pm, 2 pm, and 3 pm.

More information on the Thoreau Weekend at Congaree National Park on 4/22-23/2017 can be found on the Thoreau Society webpage.

“Thoreau Nature Walks,” Featuring South Carolina Naturalists and Youth and Adult Actors Portraying Thoreau and His Contemporaries, Saturday and Sunday, April 22-23, 2017.

“Thoreau’s Music at Congaree,” Mid-19thCentury American Folk Music. A Columbia Music Ensemble, Saturday and Sunday, April 22-23, 2017.

If You Are Interested in More Information or in Volunteering for the 2017 Thoreau Bicentennial events in Columbia, SC and/or at Congaree National Park, Contact John Myers, 803-447-9264.

To find out directions and details for the Congaree National Park visit their website. You can go directly to the directions page.

Thoreau

Deckle Edge Literary Festival (February 24-26)

Deckle Edge Literary Festival 2017 is February 24-26, 2017. Complete details and schedule can be found at the Deckle Edge website.

The weekend-long festival will feature readings, book signings, panel presentations, exhibitors, writers’ workshops, activities for children and young adult readers, and a wide range of other literary events for many interests and all ages. The Deckle Edge literary festival will gather and foster the diverse branches of our region’s literary community through an inclusive weekend of public events and programming for readers, writers, and lovers of the written word.

There is a visual preface to the festival and information can be found on the Columbia Star webpage.

Security Guards

I want to talk to you about security guards. Not all security guards, but one in particular. The one who works at Richland One Adult Education on Covenant Road, not far from Turning Pages. A few weeks ago, he escorted a disconsolate but proud 39 year-old lady outside after this parent of grown children had missed passing the GED by 3 points, passing all parts of the test except the math section. This security guard saw the heartbreak in her face. And then, he noticed and took the time, not only to console her but to encourage her. He showed her a pamphlet put out by Literacy 2030 which explained Turning Pages and how the organization helps adults with literacy challenges, and recommended that she come to us for help.

Yesterday, she walked through our doors and told us her story. Joseph and I listened in wonder and awe to her quiet, but powerful voice. She was a prison guard who had raised several children to adulthood, putting her own needs and ambitions on the back burner while she raised them single-handed lay, and now finally at the young age of only 40 wanted to go to college so she could attend to her own dreams, attaining a college degree, so she could turn the pages to her own possibilities. Joseph and I immediately called Larry Turner, a USC grad and former engineer, who has been a volunteer for several years, and now is tutoring students in math in the 360 program on Wednesdays. We called Larry and put him on the phone and he graciously offered to help her pass the math section of the GED.

The moral of this story: any of us can make a difference in someone else’s life, if we listen and pay attention to their needs.

Chris Mathews, Director,
Turning Pages

Math

TUTOR ORIENTATION: Saturday, February 4, 2017 from 10 am – 12:30 pm

TUTOR ORIENTATION: Saturday, February 4, 2017 from 10 am to 12:30 pm

Turning Pages will be welcoming new volunteer tutors to a Tutor Orientation session on Saturday, February 4, from 10-12:30 at our central location in the First Christian Church, 2062 Beltline Boulevard (park in the lower church parking lot across the street from ACE Hardware and Casa-Linda Restaurant). Refreshments will be provided. Please RSVP at literacycolumbia@gmail.com if you are planning to attend.

We at Turning Pages look forward to having you on our team of volunteers, our life-blood, as we help adult learners turn the page to their own possibilities with one-on-one and small group literacy tutoring.

Sign up to volunteer with Turning Pages on our interest form
Please come and invite anyone you know who wants to make a life-changing difference in someone’s life through literacy tutoring.

The session is recommended for all prospective volunteers who would like to help adults improve their literacy skills (reading, writing, speaking, computer skills, ESL–English as a Second Language, and GED prep). The session is free. Here’s your opportunity to help an adult turn the pages to their own opportunities.

Please RSVP

More information about volunteering can be found at our volunteer page or by contacting us at 803-782-1210.