I wanted to share something with everybody which seems obvious to me, but I'm not sure everyone is on the same page.
Have you ever had a terribly boring school teacher?
I bet you have because we all have at some point!
It doesn’t mean that these teachers are all uneducated in their subject, (although they might be…) it just means that either:
A. They aren’t involved enough in their field to have passion for it
B. They don’t know how to transmit that passion to students effectively
To be able to have fun or at least gain respect, understanding, or interest in a subject -
the subject must be presented in an interesting way.
It seems obvious when you put it that simply, but some or most teachers don’t care enough to even pretend to be excited, passionate or involved in their field.
This makes learning from these teachers very difficult, especially if the students are self-sufficient learners.
——That is where...
My approach to each Physics Chapter:
As I read the chapter I look for definitions - many times the text is in italics
I work with 3 by 5 index cards and note the chapter and the definition of a new concept
I also look for identified equations and write them on equation cards by chapter
describing what the equation represents and the units
I make unit cards which include the Physics term and the units and their equivalent in each unit system
As I work through the chapter I read each sample question and try to do it without looking for the answer
Then I check the answers and the methods used - sometimes my methods are different but the answers are the same
This shows there are sometimes more than one approach to a problem
When I finish a chapter I try the odd problems since they have answers in the back
When I can not solve it I check the answer and try to work backwards.
Unit analysis helps.
If your child has not succeeded in any school "reading pull out" programs or traditional reading tutoring, stop the torture! Your child likely needs an Orton-Gillingham based reading program that is multi-sensory, systematic, and does not encourage guessing
at words. Please do not let your struggling reader stay involved in any program that encourages "guessing" at words. This will only serve to confuse and frustrate your child more. Rote memorization of spelling words is also not an effective strategy for
a dyslexic student. Contact me if you'd like tips or more direction on how to really help your child excel in reading/spelling and self-confidence.
Draw a hopscotch outline with chalk or tape and write the letters of a spelling word in the squares. Your child says the letters out loud as he hops. Erase one letter at a time until he can successfully spell the word without hopping, and then move onto the
next spelling word.
2. Ball Toss
Toss a ball back and forth to reinforce spelling in a fun way. Each time your child catches the ball, they say the next letter of the spelling word.
3. Hide and Seek
Write their spelling words on note cards, and tape them in unusual places, such as on the back of cabinet doors, in your child's closet or in her pencil or jewelry box. When they find a word, they bring the card to you and spells the word.
4. Street Signs/Store Names
Have your child learn to read street signs and store names around your neighborhood. This will help them learn where they live, colors and sight words all at the same time!
I recently read an article which reported the favorite books of 50 celebrities (actors, musicians, politicians, etc). I noticed that several of them mentioned that they started out hating reading because it seemed to always reminded them of schoolwork
and school until they made a special connection with a particular book. After that, reading became a joy!
I've long found this attitude surprising because I can't remember a time (after I learned to read, of course) when I didn't love to read. Weird, right? I'm pretty sure I'm in the minority here, but I think I can explain why reading has just never felt
like a chore:
1. My parents never placed restrictions on what my siblings and I could read.
This may seem like a terrible idea to parents wary of their children getting their hands on "Fifty Shades of Gray" and similar age-inappropriate material, and I can't blame them. While my parents did not place formal restrictions, they...
There are several points in grade school that involve a critical shift in the thinking that is required in the school work. Parent's should be aware of these points as they navigate through the abyss of raising a school-aged child and supporting the child
as he/she moves forward through the grades.
3rd Grade - The third grader is transitioning from whole number thinking into understanding the concepts of parts. They are exposed to fractions, decimals and percentages. This is a major paradigm shift. Students are also exposed to
long division at this point. Supporting children in this phase requires an emphasis on helping the child conceptualize whole things being split into parts. In addition to homework support, tutoring, and supplementary work, parents should introduce cooking
chores to children at this time, and make them follow a recipe that has precise measurements. Reading comprehension and writing is also an issue...
This is a question I find a lot of people grapple with, whether they be adults, teenagers or children. The love of reading, of transporting yourself into a different world, is a way to escape. Writing, whether it be an analytic essay or the next epic adventure,
requires the ability to reach into your mind and actively confront yourself – and that is not an easy feat to manage.
Part of being able to write is to have your thoughts organized in your mind. This actually may prove incredibly difficult for a reader to do. Our minds are often going all over the place at any given moment, reliving stories or day dreaming some of our own.
Readers are dreamers so it makes sense that our thoughts naturally flow and are sometimes difficult to pin down. That’s okay – that’s what lists are for!
In order to better organize your thoughts, start out simple. Make a list of what you really think about the subject you are about to write about. This works for anything, whether it...
Hello everyone! Hola a todos!
Learning a second language like Spanish or ESOL can be boring and frustrating sometimes. You just get sick of reading your textbook or completing worksheets that your teacher gives you. But believe it or not...there are several ways to make learning a
second language fun no matter what age you are! You're probably thinking right now..."how?" I'll tell you how. First, think of something that you like to do in your free time like listening to music, watching a movie or reading. Say if you really enjoy listening
to music...look up one of your favorite genres and see what pops up for Spanish or English music in that genre. For example, Spanish pop/rock - the Colombian artist Juanes will pop up. Check out some of his songs on youtube. Once you find a song that you like,
look up the Spanish lyrics online, print them out and then try your best at translating them into English. See if you can figure out what the song means...
"Phonemic awareness is the ability to hear, identify, and manipulate the individual sounds in spoken words." In order for a student to be able to read words off the page they must understand how words are made up of individual sounds called phonemes. Phonemic
awareness is not something that comes easy for all children but if a student has a strong foundation in their phonemic awareness it will propel them forward in reading and writing. Playing with words and their sounds, for example, substituting sounds, deleting
sounds, and adding on sounds will help students build that foundation.
"Change the n in nap to c. What word do we get?" "cap"
"take away the s in slip. What word do we get?" "lip"
Adding on sounds:
"Add a s to the beginning of mile. What word do we get? "smile"
Make sure you model...
I have found that many students know the words because they understand it by using it. However, they often do not know how to read the word. Please check out this amazing site that will use videos in sentences to teach over 1,000 words. There are so many
ways this site can prepare your child for reading.
ESOL see below
The best advice I can give any student heading into the college admissions process is to read much and read often.
Chances are, you haven't read much of the printed word this summer. Now that it's August, it's the perfect time to pick up a book or a copy of the Times, or even check out a savvy pundit's blog.
Reading helps you brush up on skills you'll need for essay writing and the SAT:
Critical reading & reading comprehension
Grammar & usage
Besides improving these skills, reading helps you become a more well-rounded, informed, and conversant applicant.
Whether you're just beginning the application process or you just need an extra set of eyes on your essays, you'd do well to contact a professional tutor today.
An article on math education in the
NY Times (July 23, 2014) wrote this about our teacher quality and resulting education: " In addition to misunderstanding math, American students also, on average, write weakly, read poorly, think unscientifically and grasp history only superficially."
I would like to focus on my area of English: writing and reading. The article discussed teacher training and techniques to improve teaching results. I would like to add that for us tutors also, techniques to present our subjects are critical to help students.
Some tutors are former or current professional teachers; others may be retired people from business, housewives earning extra money, college students, or even working professionals in various fields. It's fine to teach business skills to graduate students
if you are an executive, swimming to children if you are a swimming coach, or history to high schoolers if your major is history. Yet, simply tutoring in your major field...
I recently came across this article from the Chronicle of Higher Education, urging college professors to fight grade inflation in the Humanities. As a college-level Instructional
Assistant, I see this all the time. Students feel that their grade in their Anthropology course should reflect only effort and completion, not the content and understanding. This a trend that is not seen in the STEM fields as readily. As a result, professors
are pressured to do just that; grade distribution in nearly all humanities classrooms do not follow a standardized bell curve as they might in a science or math classroom.
This sort of behavior not only devalues the importance of the humanities in our society, but also puts our students at a disadvantage. The humanities (Reading, Writing, and the Social Sciences) not only teaches us valuable lessons about communication,
and how to connect with other human beings, but allows as a venue to contextualize the STEM fields...
Read a book with a friend and then text your friend back and forth your reaction to the book chapter by chapter
The pressure can be high on kids to be productive in the summer, and to make the most of their free time. One can understand where such expectations come from -- after all, summer is also prime time for the feared "achievement gap" to sneak in between
kids who do nothing academically-stimulating, and those who continue their educational pursuits. However, you don't have to go to an exotic summer camp to learn new things; you don't even have to leave your house.
What I suggest is not limited to the simple adage that reading a book will take you to new worlds (though that is absolutely true). Rather, I encourage kids of all ages to see learning as a
state of mind: if you are looking to learn, then you can cultivate your mind almost anywhere, doing almost anything. Books are in fact a great place to start: try the thirty-second exercise of thinking of something which fascinates you and
doing a google search for books...
In 2014, every child that I have taught has been familiar with using a SmartPhone, an IPad, a laptop, etc... This is the age of technology, and for students to compete with their international peers, they will have to learn how to navigate the Internet
and various functions of the new-age portable computer-like devices.
However, I have found that the increase in the use of technology has created two major learning deficiencies amongst our young people.
Firstly, I have noticed that many young people expect to get the "answer" instantly. They often do not want to use the strategies that have been provided; not because they do not work, but because it takes them longer to "get to the answer".
For example, when teaching phonetics, I use a tap-it-out method for decoding and blending phonemes. One of my students absolutely HATES to tap it out because he wants to say the word correctly instantly...
In my experience tutoring students in both essay writing and test prep, one of the most difficult and tiresome challenges for both student and tutor is vocabulary improvement. Because the ideal way to improve one's vocabulary includes reading a variety
of sources over a long period of time, the optimal strategy for vocabulary improvement is often not available to students who have a very compressed schedule in which they must improve. Many of my students have needed to show marked improvement in vocabulary
within 2 weeks to a month, due to a looming deadline, so I have had to get creative to find efficient, effective techniques in vocabulary training.
One of the most important lessons when it comes to vocabulary is that multiple approaches are key. Students should engage with the material using as many senses as possible. This means not only reading a word and its definition silently, but also reading
them aloud, hearing them read by...
Most high school students have required summer reading for their upcoming Fall English class. Sometimes, students have a particular book (or even two books) they must read, while other times they may be offered a number of books from which to choose. When
the entire class must read the same book, students can usually expect to discuss the book in class the first week of school, take a quiz, and write an in-class or take-home essay. These focused assignments pose a challenge but also present a great opportunity
to create a favorable impression with the teacher. First impressions are especially important in English, a subject which, even with rubrics, involves subjective grading.
I work with students on their summer reading to be sure that they begin reading a few weeks in advance of school, annotate the book thoroughly, discuss the book effectively, and write a short essay. This work prepares students to meet the actual discussion
and writing assignments set...
ESME RAJI CODELL is the teacher that I want to grow up to be. What a fabulous lady.
It is all too tempting to throw the books out the window as soon as summer vacation hits. As a student, I understand that temptation but, as a teacher, I know that you're not doing your future-self any favors. The best, and most obvious, way to keep from
losing everything you've just spent a whole school year learning is to read.
When it comes to school, reading is one of the most fundamental skills to have, because you're going to be reading things in every single class, at home, hanging out with friends, and so on. You're always reading directions, messages, and interesting information,
so keep practicing that skill even when you're not in school. But the real value isn't just in reading the words on a sign or a menu or a text message: the real value (and a skill that even some adults haven't developed enough) is in thinking about
what you're reading.
Netflix and movie stores are full of movies based on books. One good way to practice your...