Genre: Across all Genres
Oasis Tutor: Martha Beyerlein
Student/Grade: Armand, second grade
Summary: Martha discovered a nifty game called The Game of Things. Despite the creators’ suggested age range, 14-Adult, Martha found that it was a humorous and imaginative tool for helping kids struggling with reading and writing. It was a way to learn and have fun at the same time. Martha’s story focuses on Armand, a second grader who was hard to reach and engage. Martha’s serendipitous discovery of this game broke the ice between her and Armand, and put him on track to enjoy his sessions with Martha, and possibly school as well.
The Story: “I don’t understand why grown-ups invented school,” Armand blurted out to Martha the day they met. As she tried to get to know him, Martha learned that Armand had a narrow set of interests: outside play, computer games, and the Disney channel.