Savannah Poley - Grade 8, Hadley E. Watts Middle School
Shoot for the Stars
Dottie Yeck created a philosophy, this philosophy is â€œBeing Good + Doing Good = Having Fun + Being Happyâ€¦ I want every person to think about this philosophy and live by it. When you help somebody, it is one of the best feelings ever. Even when itâ€™s small, it helps someone in need. Now, as a 13 year old, I donâ€™t have as much experience as some, but I still think know a good deal about helping people. Over the summer, I started taking drum set lessons, and my teacher has taught me so much about keeping rhythm, time, and accuracy. This has helped my stay more focused, and one day I hope to do the same, to help others. Since I started lessons, I have been more focused, relaxed, and had more fun. At my middle school there is 6th, 7th, and 8th grade band, I started to help the new 6th grade percussionists. I enjoy helping the 6th graders because it makes me feel like a better person. When I was in 6th grade, I had an 8th grader help my group and I said, â€œWhen Iâ€™m in 8th grade Iâ€™m going to help the 6th grade class.â€ Now Iâ€™m in the 8th grade and Iâ€™m helping the 6th graders. I feel so accomplished because I held up my promise. Now, there are some things to remember when teaching someoneâ€¦
Go at their pace
Donâ€™t force them
Donâ€™t rush their learning speed
Help them donâ€™t just tell them
Those things can help you be a better mentor, helper, or teacher. If you follow these guidelines you will have more success when helping people. Talk to them in a way they understand, donâ€™t be too complicated or they wonâ€™t do very well and they will be confused. I believe if you like your mentor then you will learn better, so if the person youâ€™re helping likes you they will learn faster/ better and be more successful. Some people learn at different paces, so if they need more justification then give them the help, this will ensure better success. When helping someone you should have fun, having fun is the best part about life, so if youâ€™re having fun then you will like the subject/ activity more. One last thing you need to remember, always be nice to others and be polite, if they ask something try your best to help them. Lastly, never give up on your dreams, keep shooting for the stars.