WyzAnt asks: "Would you be interested in helping us by creating academic content and lessons in your areas of expertise?" And I can answer enthusiastically, "YES!" This would be a great way to give students or potential students an entry into the important issues and concepts of my subjects. For example, people often think that writing is extremely hard. But I have developed some methods to get started and to keep going. I'd really like to share what I know and spread the word. There is not a magic formula, and certainly not a secret recipe, to learning how to write a decent sentence, paragraph, and paper. The more knowledge is disseminated, the better!
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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!
*Disclamer* I have been thinking for some time about what I can blog about that would be fairly unique among the many tutors on this site. Seeing that I work at a library and do large amounts of reading, I thought I could put my literary knowledge to good use and post book talks that I have written. My hope is that parents and children who are looking for reading ideas may find this blog entry somewhat useful. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer By Mark Twain Genre: Adventure Reading Level: Grades 7-9 In this ageless classic, Mark Twain proves that, no matter what time period one comes from, boys will always be boys. Based on the places and people of his own childhood (“Most of the adventures recorded in this book really occurred,” claimed the author), Twain spins a tale about life through the eyes of a trouble-making, imaginative, cunning boy. Most young boys tend to get into mischief at one time or another, and Tom Sawyer is no exception. “He was not the... read more
Speaking in front of a small group or a large audience can instill fear in most people. In fact one of the things most Americans fear most is public speaking. While speaking publicly can be a daunting proposition for most people, there are a few basic principles and steps anyone can use to get over the fear and speak effectively. Here are a few keys to becoming an effective public speaker: 1). Have a Clear and Simple Message--Decide the main point you want to express to your audience. 2). Organize Your Thoughts--Develop a simple three-step organizational plan for your talk. 3) Practice, Practice, Practice--Do not leave your public speaking to chance. Rehearse what you want to say, and how you are going to say it. 4) Talk to People, Not a Group--It is much easier to talk to one person at a time in a group, than it is to talk to an audience. 5) Prepare Some More--You can never have too much preparation. There is more to speaking effectively, but a good... read more
*Disclamer* I have been thinking for some time about what I can blog about that would be fairly unique among the many tutors on this site. Seeing that I work at a library and do large amounts of reading, I thought I could put my literary knowledge to good use and post book talks that I have written. My hope is that parents and children who are looking for reading ideas may find this blog entry somewhat useful. The Adventure of the Speckled Band By Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Genre: Mystery Reading Level: Grades 7-9 It is early in the morning when a frightened young woman, named Helen Stoner, arrives at 221 Baker Street, home to Sherlock Holmes and his associate Dr. Watson. Fearing that her life might be in danger, she hires the great detective to discover who it is that might want to kill her. Whoever, this person is, the woman concludes, they are responsible for the mysterious death of her twin sister two years earlier. The only clues she can provide for Holmes... read more
For reading read line by line to discover the same thought throughout the reading and for writing to discover topics through mapping and free writing.
*Disclamer* I have been thinking for some time about what I can blog about that would be fairly unique among the many tutors on this site. Seeing that I work at a library and do large amounts of reading, I thought I could put my literary knowledge to good use and post book talks that I have written. My hope is that parents and children who are looking for reading ideas may find this blog entry somewhat useful. Across Five Aprils By Irene Hunt Genre: Historical Fiction Reading Level: Grades 7-9 “It was the saddest and most cruel April of the five. It had held out an almost unbelievable joy and had then struck out in fury at those whose hands were outstretched. Jethro had learned to accept the whims of fate...One accepted the good or the evil with humility, for life was a mystery, and questions were not for the lowly. But on the last Sunday of that April...rage mingled with grief in his heart. “Why did it happen? Why-why-did it have to happen?” (Hunt,... read more
*Disclamer* I have been thinking for some time about what I can blog about that would be fairly unique among the many tutors on this site. Seeing that I work at a library and do large amounts of reading, I thought I could put my literary knowledge to good use and post book talks that I have written. My hope is that parents and children who are looking for reading ideas may find this blog entry somewhat useful. Abner and Me By Dan Gutman Genre: Historical Fiction Reading Level: Grades 5 and up The time-traveling baseball adventures of Joseph “Stosh” Stoshack continue as the young ballplayer seeks to uncover the truth about who the inventor of baseball really is. Like many baseball enthusiasts, Stosh grew up with the legend of Abner Doubleday, and how he had drawn up the rules for the game in Cooperstown, NY during the 1840s. Wishing to meet Doubleday, Stosh finds a picture of the proclaimed father of baseball, and plans his trip to the past. There is... read more
I remember a public service announcement about reading from my childhood. I don’t remember the images, but the message said, “Reading is fundamental.” Growing up in a book – filled home with a family of readers and frequent library trips, I naively thought everyone knew this. I was saddened to learn that not everyone loved to escape into fictional worlds of words as much as we did. This article gives parents five tips for helping their kids learn to enjoy reading and become lifelong readers. 1. Let kids make their own reading choices. Young children enjoy the bonding experience that comes from hearing their parents read stories aloud. Just about anything will do – as long as it’s read somewhat dramatically. They will sit and listen intently. However, pre – teens and teenagers want independence. Parents can use this to their advantage to help get their older children to enjoy reading. This does not mean parents should let their children read inappropriate material. Provide... read more
Q. Where will we meet for tutoring? A. We will try to find a suitable place that is convenient for both of us. Though I do travel to meet you, time and distance are important factors in making this work feasible and profitable for me, so I try to find locations that minimize my travel time, while also providing convenience to you. Q. How will we decide on a time to meet? A. We will try to find a suitable time that is convenient for both of us. Q. When are you available to tutor? A. It varies from week to week, but my general availability begins at 10:00 a.m., Monday through Saturday, and ends at 9:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, and at 3:00 pm Saturday. Please contact me for my current availability. Q. How long will each session be? A. The session length can vary, depending on the subject, the student, and the schedule. Unless otherwise agreed, the session times will be two (2) hours each. Q. Why do you recommend two (2) hours per session? A.... read more
I would strongly suggest that the tutee read aloud to a parent or to himself for at least l5 minutes, five days per week.
Hi everyone. My name is Jennifer, and if you read my profile, you will get to know a lot about me and my teaching philosophy. I have been teaching since 1997, but have been out of the classroom since my husband went to Iraq. I have been subbing for the past 3 years, and have worked at a tutoring learning center. I enjoyed the one on one so much that I decided that I would love to work with more students without being told what or how I have to teach. I believe that it is important for a tutor to figure out how their student learns so that they are able to help them learn the best way for them. Not all students learn the same. One suggestion that I have made to my current clients, which the parents have agreed with, is that I believe that having tutoring sessions in the students’ home is a source of distraction. I know that when my son comes home from school, the last thing that he wants to do is “study” or do homework. He wants to play, relax, and spend time with family... read more
· Pre-Reading Strategies: -Question yourself: § What is the topic? § What do you already know? § What has already happened? § What do you think will happen? -Read headings: § What do you already know about the headings? § Turn headings into questions to be answered. · What is...? · Who is...? · What happened in...? · Why is...important? - Look at pictures: § What do you think the pictures show/tell? § Read captions. - Read special print: § Sentences within reading section bolded or in italics. § Read anything in the margins. - Look up unknown vocabulary. · Reading Strategies: - Visualize: § What do you see when you read? §... read more
As you know, all teachers (and tutors!) were once students. So they know all the pitfalls that can cause a student to not get their homework done. The reason can be social - maybe the student wants to get his or her work done but the distraction of all the social media is too much to resist. The reason can also be academic - maybe the subject is difficult, such as challenging concepts or perhaps they're faced with an assignment that didn't get explained well enough to be done independently. Or sometimes it's the dreaded PROCRASTINATION. That can be the worst of all reasons to not get work done because the longer you procrastinate, the more the work piles up and then the student becomes "paralyzed", overwhelmed by the mountain of work that has accumulated. When procrastination has gotten the better of you, the important thing is to not let yourself be so overwhelmed that you don't do the work at all. Here's what you do: PRIORITIZE AND GET STARTED! It is a simple phrase with... read more
I'd like to think that I have a pretty decent children's book collection. Don't get me wrong, I am a HUGE fan of going to the public library to check out books, but it's important for children to have a couple books to call their own (with their name written on the inside cover). Since it takes repetition to master skills, reading the same book over and over can really enhance a child's memory and knowledge retention. I've always been an avid reader, even as a young child. At the age of five, my mom allowed me to belong to a book club so I would receive books in the mail on a monthly basis. Since then I have kept most of those books, because I have so many great memories reading with my parents and grandparents. Many of those same books have traveled across the U.S. with me, and now I am able to share them with my daughter, Brynn. She has shown a great interest in books and that definitely makes me smile. We read to her daily and she has many board books that she independently... read more
I never thought I would enjoy and learn so much from teaching and tutoring my students. I have had the blessings to tutor/teach students as young as 6 years old, with their driven parents wanting me to teach their child/children Spanish,English, Romanian, Beg. French, Reading, Writing and Phonetics. It never failed to amaze me the memory capacity, endurance and confidence a child can gain from simple encouraging words, your faith in their abilities and your unwavering patience. Having students of all ages, cultural backgrounds and learning levels gave me the opportunity to learn lots of ways to adapt, challenge, engage, understand and enhance the lessons to better suit and challenge the students comprehension and progress. I look forward to each and every session for it gives me great pride to see the hard work, troubleshooting and progress toward their educational, social, linguistic and emotional development. When one is confident in their capabilities there is no limit... read more
"One afternoon while working around his yard, a man spotted a cocoon. Looking closely, he noticed that something was struggling to get through a very small hole in the cocoon. He sat and watched for several minutes before he was certain that what he was seeing was a butterfly attempting to get through the hole in the cocoon. As he watched, the insect inside the cocoon pushed and twisted, but could not squeeze its way through the hole since the hole was smaller than the body of the butterfly. Intending to help the butterfly emerge, the man took his pocketknife and very carefully cut the hole larger so the butterfly could pass through the opening. The butterfly emerged easily with no effort at all. However, the butterfly had a body that was far too big to permit its undeveloped wings to lift it. The man waited with hope that the butterfly would continue to transform but this never happened. The butterfly needed to struggle to squeeze its body through the small opening. In the... read more
I am fully aware that English is one of those subjects students tend to either love or hate. Personally, I'm a lover of all things English; literature, grammar, language arts and so on. I attained my Bachelor's degree in English with a double major in History, another of my loves. Though I am not a teacher by trade, I've discovered through the years that I'm a darn good one. I can help any type of student; children, adults, lovers and haters of English and grammar. I am very well-read and possess a strong understanding of grammar; thus, I am able to connect with students of all ages and skill sets. Whether you need help with English literature classes, grammar or learning English as a second language, I will be able to not only connect with you, but also guide you through your learning journey.
I shared my WyzAnt profile with a friend the other day. She asked me why I included the term dyslexia in quotes. "Its not like you don't think it exists," she went on, "you've been working with dyslexic kids for so many years now! Isn't that a little bit dismissive?" I answered her as best I could, "Of course, I don't mean it dismissively, but the term "dyslexia" is over-used." I continued to ramble, "Some people describe themselves as dyslexic without having a formal diagnosis. For many people, the label "dyslexia" helps lessen feelings of insecurity they may have." Without going too much deeper, we moved on to a different conversation. In my mind, I have recently been going over that discussion, and I feel it is worth sharing my thinking in a little more depth. "Dyslexia" is a term that means many things to many people, even within a clinical setting. Reading is a complex cognitive process, one that combines many different processes to extract meaning from writing... read more
Sharing success stories can be a little bit heady – I’m not one to toot my own horn, but I am so very proud of my students and their accomplishments, it’s hard not to share! The following excerpt is taken from a student’s letter to the International Dyslexia Association in response to their “Honor A Teacher” campaign. Through mail and email, members, friends and supporters of IDA were invited to submit information about a special teacher, and “Unsung Hero” who has made significant contribution to their life or their child’s life. In my student’s letter to IDA she stated, “Kim is very patient, explains a lot, and never misses a day. She is kind, nice and friendly with a very warm personality. At first I was very nervous because I didn’t know the place or the people, but I was very comfortable with Kim. Kim is a very good teacher. I am thankful to have her versus any other teacher. I understand things the first time she explains them, my reading is much better now and I... read more