Gavilan College CD31

Spring 2013



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CD 31 Tutoring School-Age Children, 1 unit


Dr. Marlene A. Bumgarner

This class will be taught entirely on the internet. There is an in-person section of this course which starts on February 27 and meets 2:00 - 4:00 on Wednesdays in the Child Development on the main campus.

In person office hours are by appointment: please contact me by email to schedule a meeting.


This course is offered as part of Gavilan College's Child Development major programs for a Certificate of Completion or an Associate Degree in Child Development. It may also be used in other programs. 

Students will be required to read the text, online lecture modules, and linked articles, as well as to participate in timely and meaningful regular online discussions (asynchronous).  Students will be evaluated on their online participation, observation of "live" children, written assignments, and an online examination.


CD31 is an introductory course for students who wish to tutor children in classroom settings and afterschool programs.  Participants will gain and apply skills needed to function in a learning environment and develop effective strategies for helping children with their school work.  Additionally, students will be encouraged to explore related career options, while developing and practicing social awareness and the ability to learn from field experiences in a self-directed manner.

This class has the option of a letter grade or credit/no credit.

Special Note:

Many students begin online classes, but few complete them successfully without basic computer skills and personal discipline. The Gavilan Library will offer several orientations to online courses during the first weeks of the semester. If you have never taken an online course, this orientation will provide critical information to help you be successful in this class.  In addition to orientations on campus, a free online tutorial is available that teaches students how to log in to their classes, upload assignments, and more.  You should already be enrolled in LIB 732. I recommend that new online students complete these self-paced modules before the first day of CD31. For more details, see the Distance Education web site,


Required Text:

Textbook cover



Tutoring Matters by Jerome Rabow, et al. ISBN 1-56639-696-4

This text may be purchased from the Gavilan Bookstore or online.

You will need a textbook the first week of class. Please plan ahead.



  1. Students requiring special services or arrangements because of hearing, visual or other disability should contact their instructor, counselor, advisor, or the Disabled Students Services.
  2. Limited English language skills will not be a barrier to admittance to or participation in vocational programs.
  3. Students are expected to exercise academic honesty and integrity.   Violations such as cheating and plagiarism will result in disciplinary action which may include failure in the assignment.
  4. The college policy on attendance is: "students missing one more class hour than the unit value for a particular course, without making prior arrangements may, at the instructor's option be dropped without possibility of credit."  (This means you are expected to spend at least an hour a week online and two hours a week on out-of-class assignments.)
  5. However, although I may assume that you are no longer attending our class and remove you from the online roster, do not assume that I have filed an official withdrawal with Admissions & Records.  That is your responsibility.

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At the completion of this class, students will be able to:

1. Analyze how schools and school districts are organized, and how to contact people within the school system.

2. Using a map or diagram, explain the physical organization of school sites and demonstrate how to navigate in a school setting.

3. Develop and explain a concept of the tutoring/teaching relationship including the tutor's role in relation to the student and the teacher.

4. Demonstrate how to carry out the instructions of a teacher with regard to assisting children's learning of concepts and practicing of basic skills.

5. Describe the need for professional demeanor and behavior, including a long-term commitment to the children being tutored.

6. Demonstrate skills in teaching strategies, attendance and other procedures, interpersonal communication, and collaborative curriculum development.


Final course grades consist of a percentage of the total points accumulated -- a possible 100 points.  


Reflective Journal  8 @ 5



Observation Report: Visit a tutoring program



Interview Report: Talk with a tutor, a teacher, a parent, or a child     
Participation in online class discussion 5 @ 3
Final Exam

Total points possible:



90 - 100%


80 - 89%


70 - 79%


50 - 69 %


Below 50 %

A Note
from the

I am delighted to have you in this online class.  I will try to assist you in any way that I can to make it a rewarding experience.  To guarantee that you are not dropped from the course, please log in to class no later than February 1.   Dr. B.


Reading and Examination Schedule

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Last updated on January 26, 2013
For more information please contact Dr. Marlene Bumgarner