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Guest Blog Post by (Former) Tutor Coordinator, Jennifer Rengachary
 
About a year ago, I decided I was only going to do things that I really wanted to do. Things that make me feel excited and hopeful.
Almost 2 months in at Marygrove, I know for sure that tutoring is

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STEM to Sestina and Back Again

Feature Blog by Program Director, Anna Ojascastro Guzon
 
A game of name that horror movie soundtrack, a reading of “The Buffy Sestina,” by Jason Schneiderman, and “The Guest Ellen at the Supper for Street People” by David Ferry, a rainy autumn afternoon, and some pattern detecting put us in

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Zombies, Metallica, Armantrout, and Collier

Feature Blog by Program Director, Anna Ojascastro Guzon
 
The students started by listening to Metallica, turned-up on a speaker, something I’ve never done in a classroom, or in my own home.  However, a couple students mentioned their appreciation of heavy metal, so I decided to learn more about the

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Big Fat Liars

Feature Blog by Program Director, Anna Ojascastro Guzon
 
We began with a game of truth or fiction, in which the students and tutors wrote down one true and two false statements about oneself.  We then read the statements aloud and deciphered, as a class, which statements were true.  Everyone

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When Students Don’t Want to Be Taught

Feature Blog by Program Director, Anna Ojascastro Guzon
 
This week, I was able to arrive early to Marygrove’s 44-acre campus, which is surrounded by wooded hills, and overlooks the Missouri River. The sky was blue, a few kids were playing basketball, and I had a fleeting thought of holding that

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Meditation on Chocolate

Feature Blog by Program Director, Anna Ojascastro Guzon
 
We have somewhat of a tutor drought right now. However, we have already bandaged skinned knees, dusted despondency off of our shoulders, and moved on.  After speaking to more experienced people in similar fields, like Sandy Taubenheim, a co-founder of Kaleidoscope Network, Maria

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Right Versus Left

Feature Blog by Program Director, Anna Ojascastro Guzon
 
This week’s session at Marygrove started with the students arriving early.  “Are we going to be doing that rap stuff again?” one teenage boy asked me, while raising his hand.  He was taller than me and at least twice my girth.

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Sept. 16th

Feature Blog by Program Director, Anna Ojascastro Guzon
 
Yesterday afternoon, the YourWords tutors and the Marygrove students finally had the opportunity to meet at our first tutoring session.  We started with homework help, then dove into the writing assignment.  We examined the universal theme of loss in Jay-Z’s “Glory,”

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