David L’s Service Reflection

Throughout the year, I spent time working with children for the Prep for Prep organization to help them prepare for standardized tests, as well as help them handle difficult material. During these three hour sessions, I would meet with a student in elementary school, and they would bring books of the classes they are struggling in, ranging from reading comprehension to state exam prep, and we would sit down and go over problems. During these sessions, I learned a lot about not only the art of teaching, but also about how well I understood the material I learned at a younger age. Even the most basic functions such as long division, seeming simple to me now, were relatively difficult to explain to a student who didn’t understand them because it seemed to general to explain. This process of trying to explain very general topics made me not only appreciate my teachers from my youth, but I also sympathized with the children themselves.

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