Tutoring my Monday night student is always a lot of fun. We work hard together, but it feels like play, because I’m constantly switching it up to keep it interesting and she’s constantly remembering things she wants to ask and tell me. It’s not a linear lesson. It’s like being dragged around by a herd of butterflies.
The fact that she feels she can ask and tell me anything is valuable to me, and I always encourage the kids to ask away. So we go off topic for a few minutes while we talk about song lyrics or food or something that happened at school. They’re still learning.
It’s the side conversations that create trust, and that makes them better learners and me a better teacher.