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Dec 20, 2014
El Centro Week 12, December 8th, 2014

Today was the last day that I saw Evelin for the semester. Her teachers did not give her any homework, (we checked), and so we made drawings for each other again! It was a very nice way to end the semester. Overall, I feel as though I helped Evelin, but only as much as she would let me. Her effort combined with mine would be what determined how much she benefited from El Centro. She already is a very independent individual, and I can see her succeeding in America’s society.

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El Centro Week 11, December 1st, 2014

When I walked into El Centro today, I saw the girls I was put with last week, and immediately felt negativity. I didn’t want to push those feelings onto Evelin, but it was difficult. Other than that, today was a normal day. Evelin had math and reading homework, which we finished fairly easily. It’s bittersweet knowing that I’ll probably only see Evelin one more time. She’s grown in some ways, and stayed steady in others.

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El Centro Week 10, November 24th, 2014

Today… Today was horrific. Many college students had already left for Thanksgiving break. This caused there to be a shortage of tutors at El Centro. So, I began the day with Evelin, but ended up getting put with three, fifth-grade girls. They were so sassy and just would not listen to me. I let them do their reading and such by themselves because I just could not deal with them. I had to get one of the student-directors of the program to put them in line. I am just done with El Centro right now. I could never be an elementary-school teacher.

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El Centro Week 9, November 17th, 2014

This week was the last full week of classes for both the girls and us college kids before Thanksgiving. They had a lower than average workload, and so we drew pictures for one another, (after we finished the homework). Evelin drew a hand-turkey for me! It was really adorable. I felt so appreciated by Evelin… It was a good day.

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El Centro Week 8, November 10th, 2014

Evelin and Betzy wanted to play the Spanish game again, but Amy and I decided that for the greater good, it would probably be best not to do that. Other than that, it was a fairly normal day. Evelin had spelling and reading, which she took some time to do, but did it correctly. She is getting the hang of connecting the different questions and most effectively taking her time in the text. She still has a ways to go, though.

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El Centro Week 7, November 3rd, 2014

Today was a great day! Evelin and Betzy only had to do reading, which meant that we had a lot more time to play a game. The girls designed a game that would test Amy and I’s skills in Spanish. One of them would say something in Spanish, and the first of us to say it, (in English), would get the point. Needless to say, we got a little too competitive and got a little louder than we should have. The teacher from the school at the end of the day came over and politely told us that we were too loud. However, this day was really fun!

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El Centro Week 6, October 27th, 2014

Today Evelin did not have very much homework. She had rainbow spelling, where she colored her vocabulary words, and then we read for 15 minutes. Afterwards, we played Memory with Betzy and Amy. I said that I was the “Memory Champ” before we started playing, and the girls got very competitive. Then, I proceeded to show them that I truly was the Memory Champ, by winning the game of Memory.

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El Centro Week 5, October 20th, 2014

Well, it’s been awhile since I’ve been to El Centro! We were in D.C. last week, and two weeks ago it was cancelled. The girls have a lot of energy, which is both good and bad. I made sure that how I was sitting would not allow Evelin to sit directly beside Betzy. It took us awhile, but we got through her math problems, which were surprisingly difficult. To find the mean of 17 numbers, where the answer comes out to a decimal was very difficult to try to teach by hand. We ended up using a calculator for the assignment. We did not have very much time for a game, but we got her work done, which was what was important.

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El Centro Week 4, September 29th, 2014

This week was very depressing. Evelin and I worked on the same math problems and reading problems as Betzy did. Betzy was progressing more quickly, as I thought she would. However, I caught Evelin’s eyes peeking over at Betzy’s paper when I would not tell her the answer. I could tell she thought I didn’t notice, but I did. It hurt, actually. I have higher standards for Evelin than that. I’m making sure that this doesn’t happen again. She is better than that.

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El Centro Week 3, September 22nd, 2014

This week I finally got the aid of an upper-classman to drive me to Lincoln Elementary. That was definitely nicer than walking. Betzy was there today, and she was very well-behaved as well! To be honest, it seemed like Betzy was picking things up quicker than Evelin, which is both saddening and pressuring on me. I want Evelin to do just as well as her classmates, so I will help her as much as I can! We had reading, spelling and math to do today.

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