TUTORING MICHAEL BROWN
By Mama Lisa Gage | Posted 3 days ago:
For a two-week period in June, I spent a short but sweet moment in time with Michael Brown. Working as a mathematician in Normandy public schools is a great joy. Principal White asked me to get involved with Michael to assist him in completing coursework for math. He understood that his final grade would be based on my evaluation of his work as it aligned to the project rubrics.
I will admit that at my first meeting, I was astounded by Michael’s sheer physique. His stature to me was reminiscent of the robust and resilient build and strength of his ancestors. Yet, upon seeing his first smile, I was instantly reassured that our time together would be positive, productive and pleasant.
He needed to use the computer and hands-on applications to solve exercises dealing with data comparison, graphing, research, floor-plan blueprints and geometric cartooning.
With backpack in tow, Michael sat at his desktop station and always eagerly approached his tasks. I was happy to learn that he already possessed good computer application and research skills. In most cases, I simply needed to provide good guidance towards how to improve the final presentation of the project in order for Michael to receive the maximum points.
“Can I take this home?” he would ask. The next morning, he brought back a quality amount of work that he’d completed.
When I needed to give constructive feedback, Michael carefully watched my gestures and nodded understandingly when I posed the question, “Do you think you could fix this for me and bring it in tomorrow?” He never resisted or questioned huffily why he had to do this.
Even on a day when I was late getting to the lab, he teasingly reminded me, “Hey, I waited for you for a long time.” (That makes a teacher’s heart melt.) He was also holding me accountable.