Tutoring service benefits FHSU students and area elementary school students

Students will be helping students at tutoring sessions being offered by the Fort Hays State University Reading Service Center from Monday, Oct. 6, to Tuesday, Dec. 9, in the university's Rarick Hall and in Washington Elementary School.

FHSU pre-service teachers enrolled in the Corrections of Reading Disabilities class internship will get real-world experience in teaching when they participate in the sessions, which will be held two days a week.

The pre-service teachers tutoring on Mondays and Wednesdays will meet at Washington Elementary School from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. beginning Monday, Oct. 6, and concluding with a student-led conference on Dec. 8.

The pre-service teachers tutoring on Tuesdays and Thursdays will meet in the Reading Service Center in Rarick Hall, room 233, on the FHSU campus from 4 to 5 p.m on Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning on Tuesday, Oct. 7, and concluding with a student-led conference on Dec. 9.

According to Beth Walizer, instructor of teacher education and instructor of the Correction of Reading Disabilities class, both the students and the pre-service teachers benefit from the tutoring sessions: students get practical help with their reading skills while pre-service teachers will get real-world experience in teaching reading.

"Everybody wins," she said.

As far as changes go, she said, the focus this year will be on placing pre-service teachers with groups of children rather than one-on-one. This gives the teachers a better idea of what teaching in a classroom will be like. The pre-service teachers will have to organize their time with each student wisely while keeping the others in the group occupied.

Students and pre-service teachers will be placed in cubicles, which the students will be allowed to decorate with their work. Walizer said that this is a reward for the students and gives the teachers a sense of having a real classroom.

"They feel ownership of this area," she said.

Walizer said anyone who wants help with reading is welcome to enroll in the tutoring sessions.

"My goal is to have three students per pre-service teacher," she said. "This will be manageable yet still give them an idea of what it will be like in the real world."

The sessions are open to any student in kindergarten through sixth grade in the Hays area. A $20 fee is required to cover tutorial materials. Parents are responsible for providing transportation.

For more information, individuals can contact Walizer at 628-5579 or Dr. Kathi Sanders at 628-5850 or the Teacher Education Department at 628-4204.

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