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I remember going to school and feeling like something was wrong with me because I was good at mathematics. Especially, since nearly every teacher felt the need to re-iterate how girls were not as good at mathematics as boys based on what ever random statistics at the time.   However, I excelled and kept going. I got a degree in mathematics. So, what made me different from all the other girls that got discouraged. Natural ability for mathematics; however, when I reflect that's not the whole story. As I went to college, there were other girls that were great at mathematics, but once again got discouraged. So, what made go on to pursue degrees is Computer Science, Mathematics, and Computer Engineering.   I got the same discouraging information as everyone else, but I kept going. Why?  1) "Fighter" Personality My personality is such that when someone tells me that I can not do something, then I wanted to fight that much harder to prove... read more

Toni Morrison's “Beloved” is a beautiful, poetic, and haunting work about love, motherhood and the lengths to which a mother will go to protect her children. The runaway slave woman Sethe kills one of her children (and attempts to kill the others) in order to save its life, and in doing so destroys the beautiful world she's tried so hard to create for the rest of her family. The baby's ghost haunts Sethe's world through the enigmatic character of Beloved, a character with at least three distinct possible interpretations. Is Beloved the ghost of the “already-crawling? baby,” or a simple runaway slave who just happens to call herself “Beloved,” or perhaps not even there at all? The novel is intentionally written to keep our interpretations vague, and each interpretation comes with its own commentary on the relationships in the novel. On the one hand, Beloved could be a real, physical girl, not related to the family, who ran away from an abusive slave owner and found... read more

Structure is necessary, it keeps things organized but unplanned topics can also present great learning opportunities. If the student is excited about something, we talk about it! There are always chances to learn new vocabulary words and even hit up some practice with grammar. After all, conversation is just that, going with the flow and seeing where things go. Be spontaneous amidst the structure.    Another aspect that is helpful and fun is to center lessons around my students. It's their life and their experience they'll want to share, so we work around that.    Kids games are fun even for adults! It's okay to play "Ispy" (Yo veo) when we are learning colors or talking about specific vocabulary. We even play scrabble for those who really want a challenge. It's a wonderful opportunity to see how many words you already know and learn new ones when I play words you don't recognize. Jeopardy is also another great game I like to include... read more

If your students are anything like my students, they need to get up an moving. They sit in their desks at school from eight to two almost straight. In order to make tutoring meaningful and on the students' level incorporate these five tips into your tutoring lessons. First, make the skill a game. Kids love games. They come up with their own crazy games a recess or even at lunch. Build your tutoring lesson around a game. Teach the skill, then reinforce the skill with the game. You can use a simple game like tic-tac-toe for any type of subject matter, as well as, game shows like "Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader" and "Jeopardy" helps those of a competitive nature to beat their "teacher." Most of the game show templates are free online, and you just have to manually enter the content you want to assess.    Second, make your tutoring lessons kinesthetic. Students learn best when all three types of learning styles are incorporated... read more

what are tips anyway? I did the searches for you. Maybe I shouldn’t have because it totally changed what I was going to write. Here’s why. Youtube “public speaking tips,” and you get 241,000 results. That’s a lot of tips. Google the same and you’ll see 45,800,000 results. Ditto times 190. And then I thought, “Just what is a tip?” So, I did dictionary searches and my jaw hit the couch like Wiley Coyote blown away one more time by the Road Runner. Couch? Well, I write on my left elbow (the same way the Last Supper actually happened; see Roman tradition). Not a single dictionary listed “a hint or help on how to do something.” Nope. Not in a single one. Urban Dictionary had a cool one, though. “When someone dyes the ends of her hair a different color than the rest of their hair. “Look at that girl. She just got her tips done.”   Alright. Let’s get to to the “tip” you probably haven’t heard or seen anywhere else. public speaking is play... read more

The structure of the NCLEX is designed to test your knowledge and understanding of the  different phases of the nursing process and the needs of the client. Each question on the NCLEX incorporates a phase of the nursing process and an area of client needs.  The nursing process consists of five basic steps - assessment, analysis, planning, implementation and evaluation.  In answering your NCLEX questions it is important to understand which step of the nursing process you need to apply  in order to successfully answer the question and pass your exam.  Good luck.   Dr. Harriette

Games- trivia and guinness records make for great reading material and can also incorporate other subject matter too.    student interest: whether its a clothing item, jewelry, or sports team, remember something about each child and ask him or her about it.    Real-world connections- help students see the subject area topics in use- bring a phone bill or other item that adults need skills for so students know how/why the subject is important.    Biographies- another way students make real-world connections is to hear about how role models use/have used the topic on their lives. 

In common conversation "se rappeler" and "se souvenir" are most of the time used with "de" after, and most of French people use undistinctly one for the other. So most of the people won't even notice if you do the same. That been said, you can stop your reading now.   Or if you want to look at it through a microscope, let's have fun!   "Se rappeler de" is mostly used for action you have to do( or you'll have to do), and for relatively short term and factual memories: "Rappelle-toi de jeter la poubelle demain matin!" (Don't forget to take the trash out tomorrow morning) To a policeman who shows you a picture: "Je me rappelle de ce type. Il est passé hier à la boutique." (I remember that guy. I went to the shop yesterday.)   "Se souvenir de" is more charged with feelings, is about something you keep from a past time and/or you'll keep for ever (think "souvenir... read more

In common conversation "se rappeler" and "se souvenir" are most of the time used with "de" after, and most of French people use undistinctly one for the other. So most of the people won't even notice if you do the same. That been said, you can stop your reading now.   Or if you want to look at it through a microscope, let's have fun!   "Se rappeler de" is mostly used for action you have to do( or you'll have to do), and for relatively short term and factual memories: "Rappelle-toi de jeter la poubelle demain matin!" (Don't forget to take the trash out tomorrow morning) To a policeman who shows you a picture: "Je me rappelle de ce type. Il est passé hier à la boutique." (I remember that guy. I went to the shop yesterday.)   "Se souvenir de" is more charged with feelings, is about something you keep from a past time and/or you'll keep for ever (think "souvenir... read more

A new focus on my advance science and mathematics tutoring, especially in engineering and medicine is to try and educate students on how to minimize injuries and diseases such as those listed below.  It has taken me several thousand hours to master the process of health and safety training as part of curriculum, but if young tutors start with one topic area such as Diabetes then after a decade they will have advanced knowledge that even highly trained professionals do not have.  This process requires years (decades) of dedication and logical developmental stages.    I believe with more experience tutors we can help decrease the following diseases and disabilities.  Remember all accidents are preventable as are many diseases.   Disabilities include, but are not limited to: -Blindness -Deafness -Cancer -Diabetes -Epilepsy -Autism -Cerebral palsy -HIV/AIDS -Schizophrenia -Muscular dystrophy -Bipolar... read more

Creating documentaries is tough--not because of the funding, the talent, the crew, the possibility of distribution or no distribution, but because of the infinite number of questions that an investigative documentary can raise. Look at Bill Maher's "Religilous." To cover the entire scope of what religious people believe, it would take an entire lifetime and millions of hours of footage. Call me crazy, but it would be hard for audience to sit through that (without a few intermissions). When examining a phenomena such as energy healing or life after death, or any of the other questions that have existed practically since humankind came into being, the temptation to go 'big' is there and the leads you may get from one interview can lead in about a billion different directions. Everyone who has had an NDE has a story to tell, and a slightly different one. Everyone also has a slightly different belief because of it. Similarly, everyone who has ever performed... read more

1. Relate materials to the students preferred interests. For example, if the student likes animals, you can teach categorization and counting by having a student count all the horses in a farm full of animals, teach paragraph writing by letting the student choose an animal to write about, teach volume by having a student discover how many square feet an animal needs for a pen and then have them create a pen of that size, etc.    2. Mix it up. Sometimes too much of a routine can be a bad thing. Always be willing to find new ways to teach the same topic. Use crossword puzzles to teach vocab instead of just having students write out definitions, teach simple math skills with color-by-numbers sheets (e.g. color sections red whenever the answer is 2), use white boards and race your student to see who can do the problem first (obviously the student should be first often!), let younger students doing writing exercise with a crayon of their favorite color... read more

Working with my first student, I noticed on many of her work samples that she did not complete the assignment/assessment.  The completed work was often correct.   When I asked her to tell me about it, she said looking at the whole page (with lots and lots of math problems) made it seem hard.  I asked her how it felt when we simply folded a page in half, and her face beamed.  She responded that it didn't look nearly as "scary".   Dad was studying at the next table with a huge binder for a test for his job. Commiserating with her, he said his page sometimes looks overwhelming, too.  When I showed my student how to fold her paper, Dad folded his, also, and enthusiastically remarked that the shortened page did make it seem easier.   Sometimes something simple is a super improvement!

Learning is a gift. Learning is an opportunity. Learning helps us reach our potential.   To nurture a growing desire to learn I: Play lots of games to teach. Connect learning to your child's personal interests. Devise fun and effective learning strategies to make the material memorable. Use technology to aid in the learning process. Apply various creative methodologies to the learning process.

The Game of Chess: 3 Quick Tips for Improving Your Game   1. Learn algebraic chess notation:   learning chess notation is essential for documenting actual games played by the student against his/her peers in addition to reviewing games played by Grand Masters in chess. This allows the student to analyze personal games as well as classic games in chess history. Notation is absolutely critical for reading chess books or chess-related materials.   2. Focus on learning opening strategy:   one way to develop a clear understanding of chess fundamentals is to focus on the opening. Understanding open strategy allows the players to appreciate the value of "developing" a piece, castling, and controlling the center board. Always try to have a repertoire of openings in mind in order to effectively adapt to your opponent.   3. Play tournament chess:   Engaging in tournament play will improve your game... read more

S.'s homework, as before, demonstrated strong comprehension of the prior lesson and serious time investment. She is a quiet person who absorbs information with little comment and processes it with surprising quickness. Her homework drawings were based on still life compositions of her choice. Her control of proportion and spatial relationship in the homework assignment achieved effects far beyond the lesson. It is apparent that Sylva works very well on her own, and my role, fortunately, is more of a guide than a pedagogue. I have shown her techniques that most beginners might get lost in. When she produces a homework assignment, it is obvious that she not only understood the principle of the lesson, but makes it her own. I was impressed by her new freedom of line and sense of confidence in her recent homework assignment. She is getting proficient with the use of directional lines, measuring, object rendering, and even light, shade and texture. It is not surprising that her... read more

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