I decided last year I wanted to implement home visits this year to see if it could make a difference in some of these kids that often get given up on. I'm starting early enough in the year that I should be able to collect enough data to conclude if these visits make a difference (this is part of my work with the Stanford Hollyhock Fellowship). My thinking is, a home visit can really convey a different level of care and respect for a student that may inspire them to work harder and/ or not give up. Secondly, seeing a students home can give me insight on how to reach a student, whether its by learning about more things they are interested in or just more about their reality. I honestly thought today was going to be a wash when I got on the phone and even almost gave up before I started calling. First call message. Second call, answer- they prefer speaking Spanish- ok, I can do this. I explain who I am and why I am calling- then pop the question, "quiero ir a su casa- por favor" (I want to come to your house please). A quick yes -que dia? What day??...I wasn't quite prepared for a yes. We got it scheduled and the parent sounded genuinely happy. I thought for sure to good to be true...next call- Dad gave the phone to his wife and she immediately said yes, thanking me over and over. Again mostly in Spanish- but don't worry, they don't think they won the lottery or anything- my Spanish can cut it. SO , yes I called after 5:30 and I made the appt.s for 6 pm in the evening- but wow, am I shocked at the willingness and welcoming of these two families. Lets see how the visits go...but in the meantime I am grateful for people - and the community I work in and am inspired by.
To some, a teacher visiting your house is an honor. I am honored to be a guest.
When I do what I do not want to do, I am always inspired and better for it.