As a one-on-one ESL tutor I create pathways through the difficult process of learning something unfamiliar. Many subjects are unfamiliar and foreign to us. My job is recreate them into everyday knowledge. It is a journey into the unknown but my mentor ship is the seat belt on the ride. As a Youth program leader at Chicago Cares, Inc. I have first hand experience with fun learning. My students and I use hands-on activities to make learning easy. My students are greatly enthused as we cross the Delaware River as George Washington. We will create scenarios and role play. When you are the leader, you take ownership of the lesson. We can be Lewis and Clark, Paul Revere, or today's leaders. A definition is defined by our actions. Bingo squares come alive as we put pennies on names and places. As a political scientist (M.A. in Political and Justice Studies), I am as greatly interested in history and people. What makes government work? It's a building exercise. Goods become toys that are traded for money and eventually we pay taxes.
At Lavizzo Elementary School, I led a World's Fair project to present children with international knowledge. We created stations with learning crafts, games and activities. Kids learned about Native Americans as we played a "soccer" game. They learned about India when we created Henna tattoos. Let's get interactive.
Blended learning is a great way for my student and I to delve into 21st Century tutoring. Let's get the iPad and apps out. Can we find a game that we can use as a base for question and answer exercises? My student can build points in Angry Birds if he/she can answer questions correctly. We can take vocabulary quizzes on Dave's ESL Cafe.
Children learn by using every tool available to them. When I teach my ESL class we use news stories and internet activities to learn more about a subject. We will watch a short news clip on the upcoming election. Then we vote for who we think will win. I want to mentor my students as well as teach them. Let's find the activities and patterns that make for successful learning. One-on-one tutoring will allow me to pinpoint your needs and manageable ways to use them. Success is in sight when someone finds what you need and how to use it. I believe my experiences and educational background will encourage, motivate and support the success of your child and his/her learning experience.
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