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I couldn't find any references to this tool in the blogs or forums, so I wanted to put this out there.   I use A Web Whiteboard (AWW) found at https://awwapp.com for all my online tutoring needs. No download, registration, or install necessary... and it's completely free! It also has zero ads or any other clutter you might associate with any free tool. It appears the developers behind AWW make their money by selling a premium product to those interested in that sort of thing, but I've found the free tool more than enough for my needs.   It has pretty much everything I'm looking for in a whiteboard tool: multiple colors, incredibly simple to invite students to join the board, cross-platform (any student with an internet connection can use it, and it works in every browser, as far as I can tell), and there is an option to save the images you create so you and your students can have material for reference later.   The only conceivable drawback... read more

Physics students make up the lion's share of my current teaching efforts here at Wyzant. I've stuck mostly to AP and the first-year undergraduate level of physics, specifically in the non-calculus-based version of physics.   For non-calc physics, the mathematical skills required are surprisingly low. Since students at that level are rarely (if ever) asked to derive or define equations, the only math they need to succeed is the most basic form of algebra - we're talking about adding and subtracting variables from both sides of the equation! Without exception, every physics student I teach knows how to do at least that much. So why do they need our help?   My theory is that as a tutor, physics is best taught as a puzzle game. My students' classroom teachers provide the rules of the game at the beginning of every unit, and those rules are nothing more than the various equations and constants relating to whatever topic the students are learning at the time.   I... read more

As a tutor, it can be easy to slip into monotony-particularly with regular students that you see on a weekly basis, or for multiple hour blocks at a time. Here are 5 simple tips to help make your tutoring sessions more fun, productive and interesting !     1. Get physical. This works especially well with children ages K-6 because, after sitting all daylong in the classroom, they may need to get some wiggles out of their system. "Simon Says" is a great way to have them re-engage their listening skills. For ages 7-12, I recommend a relaxation exercise or a brisk walk to get the brain back on track!   2. Play games, all sorts! Remember, you're being paid to do what the textbook can't, and that means it is up to you to bring a different, more unique approach to the subject. From trivia games to ball games, scavenger hunts and modified board games, there are so many ways to tap into the different types of intelligences out there!    3... read more

     There are many excellent dictionaries available for our children and students.   As a tutor, often working with 4th through 11th graders tackling challenging reading, I urge my students NOT to look up words on internet dictionaries, but instead, to use a good three-dimensional book-form dictionary.        In the realm of inexpensive but high-quality paperback options, my most recent search has led me to these:        **For upper elementary into middle school, and/or for new Americans with a solid base in English reading and writing but significant gaps in vocabulary, I recommend THE COLOR OXFORD ENGLISH DICTIONARY, Third Edition, edited by Sara Hawker for Oxford University Press (most recent reissue, 2011).  The ISBN is 978-0-19-861440-1.  List price $10.95, offered at 21% off by Barnes and Noble online.        **For middle school into high... read more

Recently, I was given the delightful opportunity to substitute teach for a Music Appreciation class at a local high school. The students were to critique their experiences from the previous day's music performance.   One student was struggling with this assignment. He wanted to write that "the concert was good." I suggested that he expand upon this. ...what made the concert good....what reaction did the audience have? He looked up to the ceiling a moment,  in thought....    What he next wrote on his critique actually "warmed my heart:" The music student wrote: "The audience was moved to smiles when we sang. They applauded our music."   That one student; his two sentences! That truly made my day! :-)

This was taken from Language Magazine, and I found it very relevant to my work on Wyzant: "Learning and actively using a second language, whether done from childhood or later in life, can not only improve language processing but benefit the brain in a more general sense. In a study published in January 2015 entitled Effects of Bilingualism on the White Matter Structure of the Brain, it was found that actual bilinguals (those who regularly use both a first and second language) had higher fractional anisotropy values (structural differences) in white matter that are linked to language processing.   It was found that bilingualism has cognitive benefits found beyond just language processing, specifically in regards to executive functioning, which corresponds to things like memory, reasoning, task flexibility, problem solving and planning. These numerous benefits are  accompanied by, and possibly related to, clearly seen structural changes in the brain, such... read more

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! 

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.

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