Winter semester has started with a bang! Despite the polar vortex, and the cancellation of our first tutorial due to a midday blizzard, PALMA is finally going smoothly. Our first tutorial was Tuesday, and we’re back to meeting every Tuesday and Thursday from 6-7:30 in the AADL!
If you or someone you know is interested in PALMA, make sure they email us at email@example.com. In order to see if we can pair you up, we need to know three main things about you:
1. Your availability. We give preference to tutors who can do PALMA both days each week. Are you free from 6-7:30 every Tuesday and Thursday?
2. Your Spanish ability. How comfortable do you feel speaking, reading, and writing? Spanish proficiency is NOT required for PALMA, but it guides us in matching you up with a student.
3. Your preferred age group. Do you prefer to work with pre-k, k-12, or adults?
If you have any questions about your pairing, you should contact the coordinator of your age group. Grace is coordinating pre-k, Sam coordinates k-12, and Cesar coordinates adults. You can always contact anyone else on the eboard if you have questions, too!
See you tonight at the AADL!
As this semester’s PALMA comes to a close, I want to thank everyone who participated – from tutors to tutees – in making this semester such a meaningful and productive experiences. PALMA is such a unique, special community, and I am so grateful for everyone involved.
For the tutors who weren’t able to attend PALMA last night, please fill out a quick evaluation form here. It asks basic information, including whether or not you want to return to PALMA next semester. If you didn’t fill out an evaluation form at PALMA, and you don’t fill this out online, we might not pair you with a student for next semester.
Prospective tutors: hello! If you are thinking about joining PALMA, our mass meeting for Winter Term will be Tuesday, January 14th, at 6pm in the Ann Arbor District Library. We will be meeting on the fourth floor. Can’t wait to see you there!
Returning tutors: you rock! Regular tutorials will begin again on Thursday, January 16th, at 6pm in the AADL.
Additionally – if anyone is interested in doing PALMA for credit, Cristhian will be offering a 1-3 credit class. I’m pretty sure the class counts for Spanish majors, and is also a good way to make your PALMA experience even more meaningful!
I hope everyone has a relaxing and safe winter break! Stay warm!
Here are some upcoming dates and events to keep in mind:
Tuesday, November 26: PALMA CANCELLED, enjoy Thanksgiving!
We won’t resume PALMA until December 3, when we have our end-of-semester PALMA picnic! The picnic will be from 5:30-7:30pm. Keep an eye out for an email with the location!
IMPORTANT: We will be arranging a carpool to go to the church. If you need a ride or want to volunteer to be a driver, please let me know ASAP.
Finally, just because we’re having the picnic doesn’t mean that PALMA is quite over yet. Please come back to the AADL on December 5 for tutorials.
Please contact me with any questions, and about the carpool!
This event from UM’s Spanish Club may interest some PALMA members:
See you all tonight at 6pm for tutorials!
Just so everyone knows, tutorials will be canceled on Thursday, October 31st. We figured that the kids would probably rather be trick-or-treating than doing homework. We hope no one is too devastated by the news; if any tutor pairs want to make an alternative arrangement, they are free to do so!
We have some exciting news about the PALMA class. Although it wasn’t offered this semester, Cristhian will be offering a 1-3 academic credit PALMA class for new and returning PALMA tutors alike. The class gives tutors an opportunity to earn credit for their participation in PALMA, while gaining important insight into their role as a tutor, mentor, and student.
The PALMA class can go towards the Spanish major. One-credit participants will have one-on-one meetings with the head of PALMA, Residential College professor Cristhian Espinoza-Pino, and will write reflections on various topics related to experiences with their student. Two- to three-credit students will attend a once-weekly class conducted in Spanish that will include readings, reflections, and a final portfolio at the end of the semester.
The focus of the PALMA class lies in a greater understanding of teaching methods, ways of learning, and how you can best benefit your PALMA students, along with the opportunity to talk with other tutors about their personal PALMA experience.
For more information contact Cristhian Espinoza-Pino at firstname.lastname@example.org. For what it’s worth, I took the 1-credit class my first semester with PALMA, and it was a great experience – lots of fun, great one-on-ones, and it really did deepen my engagement with my student.
Hope everyone is enjoying October!
- Ariel Kaplowitz, PALMA Secretary
PALMA has gotten off to a great start this semester! Pairings are set, friendships are being built, and the PALMA community is underway. We’ve been meeting every Tuesday and Thursday from 6-7:30 in the AADL, and we are (always) looking for more tutors. If you are interested in joining PALMA, write to email@example.com.
We hope you’re as excited as we are about PALMA starting up again this fall! Here are important upcoming dates to remember:
Mass Meeting – NEW TUTORS ONLY:
When: September 10th, 6:00pm
Where: 4th Floor of the Ann Arbor District Library
First Tutorial Session – ALL TUTORS:
When: September 12th, 6:00pm
Where: 1st Floor of the Ann Arbor District Library
Have a great first week of classes!
- Ariel, PALMA Secretary