Sometimes I avoid discussing challenges within TNKR because
- Many people don’t read carefully
- Many people who don’t read carefully will present one small challenge as being representative of the entire program.
One funny problem that has popped up:
1–A tutor doesn’t want to let her student go. We set up the in-house tutoring program so that tutors would get refugee learners on our waiting list prepared for studying in the regular matching program. It has gone very well. Some refugees have had their ears “opened” by studying with native and fluent English speakers. Others have expressed that they now feel confident to join the session after spending time 1 on 1 practicing English.
But the tutor now wants to adopt one of her students. The tutor traveled abroad, her student is planning on studying abroad. She sees her as going through some of the same challenges she went through, and wants to help guide her. So the tutor doesn’t want to let the student go, as she agreed when she started the program.
During orientation sessions with in-house tutors, I told them that they are like boot camp instructors, that they need to get the refugees ready for the next phase. But after a month of these sessions, I am now saying they must be like kindergarten or preschool teachers. Teach the basics, but let their babies go to the next teacher/class/level…