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Tutor Gets Creative with Cookies

tutor and student with cookie ingredients on their table

Here’s some creative math: 1 hardworking student + 1 inspired tutor = 2 people seriously enjoying a delicious treat! CSV volunteer tutor Deborah Merriam recently surprised the eighth-grader she works with at the CSV Learning Center at Amigos with the ingredients to make Snickerdoodles, a cinnamon-y sugar cookie. Together they measured and combined the ingredients as part of a fun math, science, and Spanish exploration. “One-to-one tutoring time is about so much more than academics,” says CSV Executive Director Meg Ramsdell. “Here, Deb used her experience as a former professional baker to bring a lesson about fractions and chemistry to life. We give tutoring pairs in CSV Learning Centers [for Grade 6–8 students] the time and flexibility to get to know each other. These personal connections make learning more relatable to students and strengthen their identity as learners beyond the classroom.” Since the Learning Center is in the school library (which has no oven), Deb brought not just the ingredients, but also the end product for them to sample. Some might call it Snickerithmatic!

Personal connections make learning more relatable to students.
Meg Ramsdell, CSV Executive Director