2015-12-05 TNKR Matching: Tips for Tutors by Aromi

I often get feedback and comments from people about things I should differently with (TNKR) Teach North Korean Refugees. There are some fine ideas, but very often, the suggestion is that “somebody” should do it. As I have written, I hate “somebody.” Because when it is time to get work done, then it turns ot that somebody is nobody! TNKR was able to get started because Eunkoo Lee was the first Somebody with TNKR who followed through, and got things done. If not for her, there would have never been a TNKR, I would probably stll be talking about the South Korean economy or singing in rap videos.
 
Last June, we had another Somebody join us.
 
Aromi Yook joined (TNKR) Teach North Korean Refugees as a tutor. She gave us a suggestion about how we could improve our language matching sessions.
 
As I said, I often get suggestions from people who have no intention in actually doing anything other than adding to my to-do list.
 
As usual, hearing someone give a suggestion, I turned it around and suggested that she is probably the person to get it done.
 
Much to my surprise, she did! Then she made another suggestion, and she followed through again.
 
Then she made another suggestion: New tutors might need an orientation. Well, for quite some time, I had been saying out loud that we need a teacher trainer or someone who can do an orientation. Then she was saying she had specific ideas about how to get it done.
 
Aromi Yook, Academic Adviser! That’s right, she then became Academic Adviser of TNKR.
 
We humbly started TNKR Matching sessions with a one hour tips session by Aromi. Just a few tutors showed up the first time. Yesterday, of the 17 tutors who signed up and properly followed the process, 16 tutors joined the Tips session for tutors.
 
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I Hate “Somebody”
by Casey Lartigue
The Korea Times
April 2015
http://koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/opinon/2015/04/137_177488.html
 
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To be a good volunteer, use your brain
by Casey Lartigue
The Korea Times
December 2012
http://koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/opinon/2012/12/137_126171.html
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