The first week of Spring Break was for Cat and myself and "Intersession" where we were tutoring students in need of extra help for school and the end of term tests that our middle school and high school students have to take.
I had about 6 or 7 students come to my classes, all of them 9th graders. They do not have to take the high school End of Instruction (EOI) tests, so the tutoring I did with them mainly consisted of helping them with reading, writing and vocabulary.
We wrote poems, did interviews that appeared in newspaper articles they created, created posters, and read some essays. They seemed to enjoy most of it, but I cannot say that they made much improvement or really needed to in the first place.
We keep trying to find ways to help our students, but we never seem to get the job done. I keep thinking there must some some magic trick that will turn straw into gold.