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Meet Courtney Harkness, a member of the University of Michigan America Reads Tutoring Corps and the author of the April 2007 Strategy of the Month!
Courtney, a graduate student studying cellular, molecular and developmental biology, tutors at New Beginnings Academy in Ypsilanti, MI. She has been working this school year with students needing help with reading words made up of specific word chunks, sounds and vowel endings.
As Courtney brainstormed on ways to support her students, inspiration hit: the famous Plinko game on CBS's longstanding game show, The Price is Right. Read the strategy and become inspired below!
More About Courtney
Courtney notes that she chose to tutor with America Reads because "I essentially just love to teach... any age, any subject. I haven't had the opportunity in recent years to work with such young kids (I usually teach/tutor college students), and I've really enjoyed the experience."
When we asked Courtney's supervisor, Rachel Klingelhofer, to talk about Courtney, she wrote that, "She is a really smart, thoughtful, passionate person and it comes through in her work all the time. It is always remarkable to me that education isn't her field of study, yet she's a natural at the work. Her strategy exemplifies the way she goes above and beyond in her efforts for tutoring.... It is exactly the kind of creative, targeted work we hope for."
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