Starting on September 21st the Santa Fe Mentoring and Tutoring Collaborative (SFMT) began hosting weekly, Thursday night workshops with Kathryn Ugoretz; Our Students Strengths and Struggles.
Before becoming a VISTA I worked closely with several children in the Santa Fe area and someday I hope to be able to do so again. What’s been great about observing these sessions is that I’m seeing how some of my interactions with my kids were spot on, but it’s also teaching me many great tools for when I return to the field. It’s even taught me things about myself and the way I learn, it’s fun.
Kathryn is extremely easy to listen to, so knows how to hold her audience’s attention, and how to relate her lessons back to her students. One of my favorite things she does is when a participant asks a question, usually regarding a student they work with, Kathryn first asks how did they initially react. From there is she does a little role play session to help guide the tutor/mentor to the answer. She’s putting the lesson into play, really help us understand what she’s explaining.
It’s been enjoyable watching the participants interact with Kathryn and seeing how much they enjoy these sessions. Each week our group has grown and currently we’re expecting our lessons to be the largest group. I’m already hoping for future workshops with Kathryn.