For some time we have been thinking of a way to give people more information about how we go about the business of teaching adults at Frontier College. We already have an excellent book that outlines this process – The Right To Read: Tutor’s Handbook For the SClL Program.
It’s a very informative look at tutoring, but we’ve learned a great deal since it was published and we’ve been eager to share our findings.
Last summer, a friend of mine became interested in the idea of tutoring a neighbor of hers. She wrote to me asking for advice, and that letter proved to be so important in helping me organize my thoughts for this book.
I wrote back to Barbara. Over the next few months we continued to write back and forth, and I began to realize that my letters to her were full of the very advice we had been looking for a way of sharing.
I showed the letters to a few of my co-workers here at Frontier College. They agreed that the letters should be shared. That was the real beginning of the book you now hold in your hands.
Rewriting my letters to Barbara as brief, informal essays seemed like a perfect way to bring the SCIL Method up to date, to share our discoveries with anyone who is interested.
What follows in this book is the substance – and, I hope, the spirit – of my letters to Barbara. We’ve also added some writings by our students and tutors, as well as some background information on the philosophy of SCIL and the history of Frontier College and its programs.