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Mathematics: I tried a different approach today to "Equivalent Fractions" because yesterday Connor just shut down. Incorporating his success with identifying primes and prime factors. we factored the numerator and denominators first, then I asked him to cross out common factors but he really has such an aversion to numbers he found this difficult also. We won't have another chance to work together for a while so it would help if he did just a little math daily. English/Spelling/Vocabulary/Writing: Integrating these topics I had Connor write an original story (which he loves to do!), using as many as possible of his list of vocabulary words. Also created a list with definitions for him to do as a Word Search puzzle. Hopefully he will complete this on his own. US History/Geography/Government: Connor has almost memorized all the states and capitols. He had no trouble learning about the Constitution and the three branches of government with the checks and balances... read more

I am in need of some students.

Hi,   I would be honored in having the opportunity of working with students and parents. The education and success of students are very important to me and I would love to do what I can to help. I am a math and education major with an Associate's of Arts and Teaching Degree from Lee College and I am seeking a teaching career. I live in the Baytown area and I am not able to provide my own transportation due to the fact that I have a disability which prevents me from driving, so I can only rely on public transportation and I am limited to how far I can travel. Therefor, communication is much needed. I am available until 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Anyone needing a private tutor, please contact me. I would be happy to help you at any time.

Learning does not begin and end in the classroom or with your tutoring session

"SUMMER SLUMP SURVIVAL GUIDE" 1.  GEOGRAPHY...If you travel this summer, that too can be a learning experience.  For example, at some point during your journey, you likely look at a map.  To do this, you must understand north, south, east and west.  Mathematically, you should also experience the relationship between speed of travel (e.g., 65 miles-per-hour), distance and timing.  If you travel inter-state, then you study the geography of the United States.  If your journeys take you internationally, then this is more than a geographic experience. 2.  LANGUAGE...Traveling to another country may require developing the knowledge of how to say HELLO and GOODBYE, how to ask a cab driver for a quote for the cost of a trip, as well as many other details. 3.  TELEVISION...When you are at home, you may find yourself watching television.  Although it has been called the IDIOT BOX, it can be as... read more

Scholars wanted...

Hello Scholars! It sure is lonely here at my desk waiting for scholars to respond...anyway I was just reviewing some Word Ladder puzzles...they are so much fun to do and I remembered that word searches of any kind help build vocabulary spelling skills. Is this something I could help anyone out there with? I started a new science experiment too...how long will it take for cheese to mold underwater? Hope to hear from a few scholars soon. Mrs. B

My new world in tutoring...

Hello fellow scholars! This is my first blog for WyzAnt Tutoring services and I just applied to my first student request! This is so exciting. I love to learn and read about new places and moving to Milwaukee has been very interesting. Let me fill you in on who I am...I grew up in Delavan, Wisconsin. After I was married my husbands job moved us all over the southern parts of the U.S.A. Our own children went to school in six different states and I was licensed to teach in each of those states as well. Each new location gave me a chance to learn more local state history and explore new cities and state parks. My children and I loved camping and hiking. I spent time being a scout leader for the Boy Scouts and the Girl Scout organizations. My profile picture was taken on a family trip to Hawaii...I'm standing on the edge of a volcano! I sure hope that I have lots of new learning experiences with my next new scholar! Mrs. B

Hello tutoring world!

Hello! Here I am constructing my first tutoring blog! I am eager and excited to tutor you and get your from good to great! When tutoring, I work with my students to find out how they learn best and what other skills could be introduced to further help them. My experience as a 6th grade teacher has certainly helped me discover many new ways to reach every type of learner! Hope to talk to you soon about your tutoring needs! Allison

It's Christmas!

It's ChristmasTime! Can you believe another year will soon be over? As we reflect on this years events and look forward to a bright new year, keep your childs' education in mind. There are so many opportunities we all need to take advantage of. There are so many educational games, cards, books, and even dvd's that would make great stocking stuffers, events to broaden your childs' mind and time spent just talking. And of course, your weekly tutoring sessions! During this free time between the holidays, I will be available and ready to work around your busy Christmas and New Years schedules. They have been working hard, but the long haul will be coming in January. Let's not slack now. Keep them sharp and ready for new challenges. Call, text, email, we can schedule a time that is convenient for you. As always, I am looking forward to working with you and your child in the coming New Year. Happy Holidays to everyone!

SPED and Regular Education K-12

I am so excited that I found WyzAnt!! It has been wonderful! I have met so many new people and love helping work with my students to see them advance! I worked in the public schools for 7 years and loved every minute of it when I had my SPED Resource Room for Learning Disabled, Dyslexic, and ADD/ADHD students. I got to see so many young people better themselves and get passed that learning barrier to advance and become great students that even went on to college. That is what I am about!! I want my students to have the best opportunities that are out there! Just because your child may need a tutor, that does not mean that they will not surpass your ideas or their ideas for their future!! I have very HIGH expectations for my students and love to challenge them to surpass those goals to go on to new heights. Looking forward to working with more students! WyzAnt is terrific!

SOH CAH TOA

SOH CAH TOA When working with Right Triangles in any Math and Science subject, especially Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry, Chemistry, and Physics, many problems can be solved by remembering this Memory Jogger: Indian Chief SOH CAH TOA (sounds like soow caah towaah) Angle = A Sine A = Opposite/Hypotenuse Cosine A = Adjacent/Hypotenuse Tangent A = Opposite/Adjacent You can use these formulas to calculate and find missing angles or sides to solve various problems. Please contact me to help your student achieve the best grades possible in Math and Science. As a Chemical Engineer, I work on Math and Science problems all day, and tutor students in Math and Science in the evenings and weekends, including students from Elementary School to College Graduate School. I help students learn to see how Math and Science can be fun and useful in daily life, school, and career choices. All the best, John M.

Taking Time and Learning

“Take time to think, for this is the source of power. Take time to work that you may know the joy of success. Take time to leave the world a better place, for only then will you truly appreciate the journey of life.” Life in the 21st century does not always lend itself to taking time. Since leaving Abington Friends School, I have been taking time to write. In recent days, I have been working on an opus entitled Dear Thomas. Over a two-year period, I penned my son Thomas 155 letters chronicling family history, my life, thoughts and feelings of the day, and hopes and dreams for the future. I am now in the finishing stages as I edit and re-edit this illustrated volume of about 600 pages. "Know you what it is to be a child? It is to believe in love, to believe in loveliness, to believe in belief; it is to be so little that the elves can reach to whisper in your ear; it is to turn pumpkins into coaches, and mice into horses, lowness into loftiness, and nothing... read more

Cultural Bias in Online College Courses: This Inequity in Higher Education Should Anger Everyone

My emerging tutoring passion is assisting ESL college students with their coursework. Most of them must also hold full-time jobs to support themselves and often their families as well. Many require online courses to get college educations. They could not earn a college degree any other way. Do textbook publishing companies realize how much cultural bias is written into their online ancillary (supplemental) materials? Do teachers of online college courses realize how hopeless these students feel about merely passing a class when their grades depend on online multiple-choice exams consisting of 60 items to be completed in 60 minutes (60 in 60), for example? This may be a subtle form of cultural bias, but bias it is. Frankly, as a native speaker of American English with a master’s degree in journalism from University of Wisconsin—Madison, I’m not sure I could pass a 60 in 60 exam. I would like to challenge the instructors who teach these online courses and college administrators... read more

London Bridge is In Arizona - False The Eiffel Tower is in Canada - True

I ask my students a lot of questions. I want them to think. I also what to know what they know. I ask them if they know where their food comes from and who makes their clothes and shoes. I ask them about places and people. The answers are sometimes amusing and sometimes frustrating. The answer to question one above was in fact what the student thought ("This is a trick question, right?") but the second illustrates something quite different. I find that knowledge of history and geography are really weak. This saddens me a great deal. I grew up in a homogeneous small town, from which I was rescued by my grandparents with a subscription to National Geographic. Bored no longer, I explored the world and continue to do so. My older ESL students have come from all over the world and my knowledge of their cultures and customs has made for a satisfying and productive experience on both sides. They know first hand about the shrinking world and the importance of knowing... read more

The stakes are high

"For a nation that proudly declared it would leave no child behind, America continues to do so at alarming rates." Wow- if that statement alone doesn’t make you scratch your head and get to thinking. Click the red “x” on my page now! I know that every parent isn’t able to pay for private education. If so, I would be out of a job. But in spite of all that, you can still help pull the c- kid up to an A+ plus student. Even that diggling low D kid can be helped to get it up on the books. Heah really! Kids are the future of our country -Do you trust your kids to run it? In my family, I’d say 3 of my 6 kids I would feel safe handling such a job. Check out these statistics: One kid drops out of high school every 26 seconds. (By the time you finish reading this non stop- that will be 3 dropouts.) These dropouts will be ineligible for certain jobs, less likely to vote, paid $.40/dollar & continue the cycle of poverty. That feeling from a parent's point of view... read more

Morocco

I recently returned from two weeks in Morocco. It was truly a life changing and eye opening experience for me. The rural areas of Morocco are beautiful. The desert mountains littered with trees, the quilted patchwork farms of corn, cactus, and gourds. The people are beautiful too, in their long flowing robes, hitchhiking in the desert heat, or riding donkeys on the side of the road. It is such a different culture there. In Morocco, they speak a mixture of French, Arabic, and Berber, as well as Spanish in the north, near Spain. Their street signs (which do not name the street, incidentally) are usually in both Arabic and French. However, while the street signs will give their message once in Arabic, and then again in French, their speech is truly a mixture of both, with any given word in either language. For example, the subject might be in Arabic, the verb in French, and perhaps a Berber word thrown in, all within the same sentence. This can be a source of confusion,... read more

Memorization as a Creative Process

In previous posts, I wrote a bit about memorization and how we may be shying away from it too much. We are throwing the baby out with the bathwater, as they say. Education needs to be about much more than rote memorization, but having memorized facts and vocabulary at your disposal is also part of being an educated person. I've also found in my tutoring experience that students who have not memorized their arithmetic facts or Spanish vocabulary cannot dream of doing well in the related classes. There is some basic knowledge that you need just as a pre-requisite, and the fastest way to get it under your belt is to purposefully try to memorize it. The same goes for SAT and GRE vocabulary - sometimes memorization has to be a big part of your strategy towards improving someone's score. Our education system being the way it is, most of us are not that familiar with the process and practice of memorizing large amounts of information. Sure, we've all made a few flashcards in... read more

Summer Enrichment Ideas 3 - Geography

We can probably all agree that certain things are not taught (or at least learned) enough in American schools. I think one of these subjects is geography. We are probably lacking in this area because of our aversion to memorization tasks - there aren't many other ways to learn geography than by memorizing place names and locations. First of all, a little rote memorization never hurt anyone, especially when it was not coming at the cost of other educational experiences. Training your memory is very useful for life, and setting out to memorize some body of knowledge and then achieving your goal can really build confidence. Finally, knowing about geography helps you make friends! In this global age, we should all educate ourselves to be familiar with the peoples and places around the world. I have met so many people from around the world at my university, at conferences, summer institutes, and during my own travels. It really makes you feel like a "dumb American"... read more

Normal Learning Process

Are you wondering about how normal learning occurs as you try to help your student or perhaps yourself acquire new concepts? First, let’s think about what is normal. Normal is not a single state. In reality, every person is unique. Our brains all have the same basic structure but each person seems to be wired slightly differently. That is both wonderful and frustrating for someone trying grasp new ideas. In the beginning of life: As a child develops the parents and family members surrounding the child are the first instructors. Whether this teaching is done with intention or happenstance, everything that occurs around the child provides stimulus and occasions for learning. Most of this learning is by imitation. That is the moral behind the maxim to parents, “watch what you say, little pictures have big ears.” It’s also why the admonition “do as I say, not as I do” creates tension in a household. By now, since you are on a tutoring website, I think it safe to... read more

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