Mentoring moment personal

Mentor Moment With Cam…It’s Personal

As mentors we focus on what’s good for the students emotionally and socially.

Usually this revolves around a predetermined schedule of events that the mentors and students agree on.

Sometimes individual needs come up and we wonder what the best thing for the student is, given the new information, and how best to proceed.

Do we try to meet group needs or individual needs?

I think both.

Sometimes the best thing for the individual and the group is to show the group how important individual progress is by focusing on the one student who needs extra support.

At times this comes at the expense of rearranging the schedule, which can be uncomfortable, but we find that most often changes can be made that actually improve progress.

That’s something I like about TFL.

It’s personal.

We work individually on what the best thing is for each student.

Not everybody gets treated exactly the same.

It’s definitely not robotic like that.

I’m finding that assembly line education doesn’t work for our demographic, especially not in meeting emotional and social needs.

Knowing how to improvise to help in the best way possible separates mentors from line staff, and is a skill I really value here at TFL.

—Cam, TFL Mentor

 

New rock climber

A New Rock Climber Born…

Cambron often takes some of the students, especially Dallin, rock climbing.

They encouraged me to come along and try it, and

even though I was hesitant,

I decided to take them up on the offer a few weeks ago.

It was a little scary at first, but it was pretty fun.

It’s a great way to exercise, and it gave me a significant feeling of accomplishment when I got to the top of the climb.

I’ll definitely try it again. 

—Joseph, TFL student

"Wild Bunch" escapes...

“The Wild Bunch” Escapes…

We were named the, “The Wild Bunch” when we entered the escape room!

We had one hour to find Butch Cassidy’s gun

and we worked hard as a team solving puzzles,

using our nose to smell things and identify different scents,

we struggled with trying to figuring out anagrams

and unfortunately those anagrams held us back from finding Butch Cassidy’s gun

but we had a lot of fun working together.

It was fun to see how everyone’s brains worked so differently in the way they looked at the puzzles

but how each one contributed in helping us move closer and and closer to finding the gun.

— Brittani, TFL Mentor

Phase two advancements ceremony

TechieForLife Student Advancements- Congratulations!

Congratulations Amber and Joseph!!

Both of these students have advanced from phase one to phase two.

Amber was able to advance right before our winter break and Joseph advanced a few weeks after.

Each student was excited to receive the coveted “keys” to the Nest. 

In order to advance from one phase to another,

students need to complete the current phase,

meet with the program director,

keep weekly SMART goals,

and go before the students for a vote.

We can’t wait to see what each of them can do with phase two.

–Kristin, TFL Program Director

Advancing to phase two

Best TFL Activity EVER… According to Dave!

The best activity EVER in TFL:

Laser Tag.

I’m used to go to places and have devices that have variety ways; like making a nicknames, displaying who shot you, life points, etc.

In Lazer Mania, we wear a vest that comes with a name like Buzz, Ninja, Shadow, etc.; and a blaster that you have to hold with two hands.

It has a hidden button I didn’t know.

We’ve played variety game modes like Color Variation where the color of our vest are chosen by random, and we shoot the different ones until everyone’s the same; Capture the Flag —my favorite— where 2+ teams attempts to steal the opposing team’s flag; and Shadow where each player’s vest are darken, and are given missiles—which that’s what hidden button is used for.

Some had fun;

some didn’t and became sitting ducks.

Some can be—like Cam—a camper.

Sure it’s a “legitimate” strategy, but you can’t get more points that way.

I go for the strategy I follow when I played Doom: If you stand, you die.

I wish I have a set of black clothes so I could be hidden; like one vlog of a person who talked about a group who go to laser tag places called “Hunters.”

Of course, I won’t cheat like them, which is using strutter lights and electrical tapes to cover the sensors.   

Also, I wish some laser tag games to have a grenade-like device,

so I can take down the “CAMper.”

— Dave, TFL Student

TechieForLife Coding Ceremony Certificate

Certificate Ceremony For Tech Classes At TechieForLife

Back in December, TechieForLife held a certificate ceremony to wrap up the end of the semester.

Students received certificates once they had shown a foundation of literacy, skill, knowledge, and application in coding and design skill sets.

Our students have worked hard over the past semester and it was a great opportunity to recognize their hard work and success as they press forward in Coding and Design.