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S.'s still-life homework shows increasing control of proportion and spatial relationships. In addition, she had done some sketches of figures and faces from photographs. Continuing in my efforts to encourage both freedom and accuracy, I decided to lend her an old easel so she can get a feeling of mobility and relaxation while drawing. She liked the flexibility of the easel and we worked on some figure drawing from photographs. I briefly introduced her to a new tool, "Nupastel", which is more dense than chacoal. The work focused on sketching in a light charcoal drawing, using directional lines, areas of tone, establishing darks and lights and grey tones, measuring, and making compositional decisions. All of these things are incorporated into her homework for next week, using imagery from photographs. She will produce a few sketches - up to 10 depending on time available - that take no more than 5-7 minutes each, using newsprint (a cheap paper). When she finds a composition... read more

Greetings!   Are you preparing for the PSAT, SAT, & ACT quantitative exams?   So are we!   My name is Paul J. and currently I have 3 students in Vero Beach, Florida who are preparing for these exams this summer. We are looking for motivated students to join us for private lessons. A limit of 6 students has been placed, so there are only 3 positions available.      The group rate will only be $30 an hour, and we plan to do 2 one hour lessons a week for 5 weeks starting in mid-June to early of July (we are have some flexibility).   Our goal is to score well enough to compete for scholarships such as Bright Futures and the National Merit Scholarship.   If you are interested, please message me on my WyzAnt Profile.   Best regards!

After 4 tutoring sessions with my first client, who struggled most of the year in his 9th grade Algebra 1 course, he earned a 92% on his Algebra quiz! Until this point, his grade average was less than a 60%. I am extremely proud of him and this victory! While it is only one assignment, I believe that he is starting to develop confidence in his abilities. He is an extremely bright student who just needed an extra push. In a traditional classroom setting it is very difficult to have your individual needs tended to, especially when you have not yet learned to advocate for yourself, but I am glad that I can provide that for him during our sessions.    During the last quarter of the school year, we are working hard to ensure he passes Algebra 1 and matriculates to 10th grade on time. I know that it will not be an easy task but I am looking forward to our next session!

     We're all familiar with the famous quotation from Jerry McGuire "Help me help you!!!". Jerry got it right. In order for me to invest in you fully, you have to let me know (as your tutor, teacher, mentor, what ever you wanna call me) what you need from me. It can be shaky process initially - getting the student and tutor to communicate to one another - but it's an entirely crucial part of the transaction. I can teach you what I think you need to know, but I could potentially be teaching things you already know how to do - that's such a huge loss of time!        Also, I encourage students to take learning as an experience like going out to dinner or watching TV with your friends. It's supposed to be fun, and that is something I strive for. I like to joke around, make you laugh, find hilarious mnemonics for you to use, as well as get to know you.        Another thing I keep in mind is how you're feeling... read more

In order to learn how to sing it is important to get to know our body, particularly our respiratory and voice production systems. Just as instrumentalists know the their instrument’s parts and their functions and how to take care of them to prevent damage, singers should also have a good understanding of their instrument, which is our own bodies, in order to use it correctly and keep it functioning in an efficient and healthy manner. Contrary to instrumentalists who, if their instrument gets damaged, can just exchange it for another one, singers do not have that luxury. Using our instrument incorrectly can lead to short-term and long-term damage and some of it might be irreparable. In this series of posts I will talk about the parts that make up the respiratory and voice production systems as well as their functions and how they integrate together to produce sound. I will also touch on the subject of the proper use of the voice and the problems that might arise if one doesn’t sing... read more

EDUCATION IS THE PROCESS BY WHICH PEOPLE ACQUIRE KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, HABITS, VALUES, OR ATTITUDES.  EDUCATION SHOULD HELP PEOPLE BECOME USEFUL MEMBERS OF SOCIETY.  IT SHOULD ALSO HELP THEM DEVELOP AN APPRECIATION OF THEIR CULTURAL HERITAGE AND LIVE MORE SATISFYING LIVES.  THE MOST COMMON WAY TO GET AN EDUCATION IS TO ATTEND SCHOOL.  BUT MUCH EDUCATION ALSO TAKES PLACE OUTSIDE THE CLASSROOM.   EDUCATION INVOLVES BOTH LEARNING AND TEACHING.  SOMETIMES, PEOPLE LEARN BY TEACHING THEMSELVES.  BUT THEY ALSO LEARN WITH THE HELP OF OTHER PEOPLE, SUCH AS PARENTS OR TEACHERS.  PARENTS ARE A CHILD'S FIRST AND PERHAPS MOST IMPORTANT TEACHERS.  THEY TEACH THEIR  CHILDREN ATTITUDES, HABITS, AND VALUES THAT HELP SHAPE THEIR CHARACTER AND REMAIN WITH THEM THROUGHOUT LIFE.  BUT FEW PARENTS HAVE EITHER THE TIME OR THE ABILITY TO TEACH THEIR CHILDREN EVERYTHING THAT THEY NEED TO KNOW.  THEREFORE, THEY TURN OVER MANY EDUCATIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES...

I always stress the importance of organization and preparation with my students. Being consistent, clear, concise, and on time, are vital steps that will lead to a more effective and fulfilling learning experience. Ever sat through a class that was so boring you couldn't pay attention? Ever listened to an extensive lecture from a teacher with a dull, monotonous, voice? Aside from individual success, my main motive is to help others raise their self-confidence and self-esteem as much as possible; I plan to do this in an exciting manner that will keep your attention because it will be fun! Be open-minded, hopeful, have a sense of humor, and stay motivated! I look forward to meeting with you and syncing our experiences in a spontaneous manner! 

I just  wanted all of my prior students in the Katy area  know that I have moved and I will no longer be able to teach in that area. I am now located in zip code 77042 I am willing to travel 10 inside inside this zip code. Nothing else has changed. Parents and /or students may continue to expect the same great results they have been recieving thus far. As my profile will testify to, I have long record of helping both adults  and children achieve their goals. I would love to continue this record in this area of Houston as well!  Come learn with me!

Yesterday I received in the mail my first Wyzant paycheck. Woo hoo! I only have one student so far, so it's not much money but I'm having fun, and I'm learning a lot. I was thinking, though, that it would have been great to have something like this when I was working on my BA. College students could make some pretty good money and at the same time, get good experience to put on their resumes. College of Education students could get class credit. Maybe some could even count their tutoring hours toward their student teaching. I was also thinking that retirees might also find something like this fun to do for a little extra cash. I started looking at sites like Wyzant to find ways to earn a little money myself as I start my nonprofit. I now want to refer my students, and instructors, to sites that can help them, too, and Wyzant is a good one. It all fits into my big picture for my nonprofit, Live and Learn New Mexico!, which provides free instruction to adults... read more

Whether it be one of my academic students or one of my youth fitness students, I always stress being prepared and organized.  Being consistent with these simple steps will lead to a more effective and fulfilling learning experience.   But I also stress approaching each tutoring/coaching session with an open mind and a sense of humor.  Whether it be a sharing funny joke or an interesting story, I believe that this helps to keep things loose and the mind open to learning.   Whenever possible, I also encourage a change of venue, such as conducting a tutoring/coaching session outdoors (i.e., back yard or a local park) or at the local library to occasionally break away from our usual tutoring location.   I look forward to meeting with you and sharing in a FUN and Effective learning experience! 

Even though tutoring can be an "easy" job sometimes, for me, lesson prep is key.  Planning, testing, editing, and reviewing the subject matter helps to be more confident when presenting the lesson to the student.  As for the actual lesson itself... I think learning should involve the body and the emotions.  In this way the retention of the subject matter is greater.  For example, I can tell a student the subject but if the student demonstrates, or teaches me what they are learning they will keep it in their memory bank better.  GAMES!  Songs! Skits, Art projects, I use ALL of these things as teaching tools.  BUT, in order for them to work.... PLANNING ahead of time is a necessity!  So, I say that my lesson preparation time, is simply Working For Fun!

Pop art was an art movement, or style, that originated in Britain in the 1950s and spread to the United States in the 1960s. Pop artists focused on the influence of the mass media, advertising and consumer products in their work.Influential pop artists include Jasper Johns, Roy Lichtenstein, Robert Rauschenberg, David Hockney and Andy Warhol. These artists were all interested in the way that aspects of modern life such as movies, pop music and consumerism, intersected with art.

When we teach art to children, we are teaching them how to think and imagine. They will also learn also how to think critically. Research shows that art is important in improving a child's capacity to develop and learn. . It helps to build social skills, and helps kids express ideas...and is critical to full brain development.

TIP: If you have too many large photo files on your computer, before you start re-sizing all your photo files, take the files that you are unsure of and keep the large version on an external drive. Also on the external, I usually include "large", "med" or "small" when I name my files.

One of the biggest challenges for students taking the NCLEX is having a good grasp of nursing content.   There is a lot to learn in nursing and although basic nursing care remains the same, there is a lot of information that is written in some huge text books that is overwhelming.  For students who have problems passing their NCLEX I usually recommend that they review and acquire a good grasp of nursing fundamentals in relation to care.  In the end this is a nursing exam that they are taking.   Dr. H.Barker

As children, we were surrounded by a word-rich environment full of sounds. Sometimes we heard the voices of our parents, the radio, or TV; other times we heard the cadences of song, where rhythm and instruments met sounds and syllables. As a language learner, it can help to think of yourself as an infant again, creating a word-rich environment for yourself that includes songs.   I encourage language students to listen to songs because:   1) It's fun. You've got to be motivated to learn!   2) You learn slang words because the language comes from a real-world source, not a textbook-manufactured source.   3) You will implicitly learn about the source culture as you absorb the meaning of the song and who the artist is.   4) It's a great way to learn new vocabulary, which you can often deduce from context clues.   5) And perhaps the best reason: you will learn how to differentiate between the various sounds (phonemes)... read more

I really wish there were a less pedestrian and more professional way to type formulae in answers and/or when talking to students through the WyzAnt website. Something like MathJax for instance.    http://www.mathjax.org/   Things that should take 10 minutes top become instead a Herculean task and, often, when dealing with complex math notation, the results are next to pitiful and hard to see clearly anyway.   I have seen forums run by people who share a common interest and not for profit adopting MathJax or something similar. I am sure that WyzAnt which essentially gets paid to provide its products, could easily afford to consider investing some time and effort in making tools already in existence out there and free to use  to use available for tutors to type.    So not cool when the tools are barely suitable to type elementary math at best. One hour of typing to compose an answer to a higher math problem that takes... read more

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