I try to read as many interesting books as I can. Some are recommended by friends, some by the smart computers and preference interpreters of Amazon, and some I seem to just stumble into because of a catchy title or an indescribable quality. Huck's Raft by Steven Mintz definitely fits into this final category. I have worked as a youth camp director for a number of years, so the idea of historically tracking the roots of modern day American childhood seemed utterly fascinating to me. We look back in our culture today through the rose-colored glasses of nostalgia and see previous generations' children unencumbered by media like television, the internet, movies, and smart phones. It is as if they lived in a veritable Garden of Eden in our cultural minds, untouched by violent video games and free to blow the seeds off daffodils and climb trees until nightfall. Mintz does a wonderful job of dispelling this misconceived version of events. Instead, he reminds the reader of the awfulness... read more
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For many of us remembering back to high school History classes can be painful. The material was presented in a dry manner having students remember dates and places. This has always been a problem with teaching History because students are given the similar information year after year. So how do we address this problem? For a History teacher who wants to engage their students it means a lot of extra work. Using resources outside of the textbook is imperative. For instance when discussing the "Gold Rush" Sam Brannon is discussed even though you won't find him in most textbooks. We will also discuss why Johann Sutter whose land the first gold was found on may not have wanted outsiders to know of the find. We also explore if "Gold Rush" is an appropriate name considering that the gold was know about since the 1600's. We also use more primary sources than most classes because we investigate the writings of primary people involved in the events we are studying... read more
One of the big questions students have is why do people follow controversial leaders? By using the concept of a "Hero or a Villain" we can make history easy to understand for our students. With this concept students have an opportunity to the actions of leaders from both their supporters and opponents view points. In this way students gain a well rounded and knowledgeable basis for judging historical events and people. Let me give you an example. Let's take the case of George Washington and his colleagues To us as American's they are definately hero's because of the many freedoms we enjoy today. To the British at this time period they would be considered villains or what we call today terrorists because they were trying to overthrow the government. This will lead to a discussion of when is someone who is fighting the government a "freedom fighter" and when are they "rebels". These kinds of opinion driven discussion keep students engaged and interested... read more
So there I was asking myself, "Sara what are you going to do with yourself?" This wasn't the typical soul searching, my life is so empty question that it first appears to be. You see I have this complex my mother refers to as, "astronaut-cowboy-cop-firemen". I like to do everything, and blast it all I tend to be good at whatever I put my hand to. Just having recently returned from a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, where I spent my days talking with everyone I saw and getting myself into all sorts of adventures, going to a mundane office job didn't seem very appealing. As I continued to peruse my options I found WyzAnt. Laughing to myself I took a whole sleuth of their profieciency tests in 45 minutes and passed them all. I fear I have an unfair advantage. Both my parents are educators. Learning on just about every subject was encouraged in our home. My siblings and I soaked up every ounce of information we could about... read more
I worked with a really great student today. She was studying for her AP History exam and was nervous, but she had already worked very hard and just needed to be refreshed in some things. I was really impressed because she had been very proactive and gone out and found the hardest questions she could that might be on her upcoming exam, things that she hadn't learned in class. She spent a great deal of time asking me questions and we both got very excited by all the connections she was able to make after she learned the things she had missed before. I have so much confidence in her for the AP exam and I'm excited for all the things she learned on her own, with me, and in class.
Although I am not a contestant on "Who Wants to be a Millionaire", let me nevertheless ask the audience on this one... I want to know what makes a tutor more appealing (besides the profile picture). Is it affordability? Is it flexibility in hours? Is it number of years experience in tutoring a particular subject? Is it the ratings given to the tutor by students? Is it age? Please give me an idea of what I can do for you. Although I am new to this tutoring site, I really want to build more relationships with students who seek assistance in math and other subjects. Your feedback will not only help me cater to these responses, but it may also assist other tutors. Personally, I have noticed a variety of experience from other tutors, various rates, and a spectrum of ages. Some tutors seem quite qualified, yet they could be "selling themselves short" by only charging $25/hr for their services (and with their patience and charisma seem to be "worth"... read more
One of the best ways to improve your study skills in remembering the details of a historical event is to make up a silly or ridiculous visual in your mind. For example, if you are trying to remember that the American Civil War was fought between 1861 to 1865 and that the Confederacy's President was Jefferson Davis, while the Union's President was Abraham Lincoln, you can create a silly image in your head of Jefferson Davis riding a surfboard wearing a shirt with a "C" on it while racing Abraham Lincoln on another surfboard wearing a black top hat with an "U" on it. Picture Davis's surfboard having a cool graphic of the numbers "1861," while Lincoln's surfboard has "1865" printed on it. If you need to know more details for an essay question, you could add to the picture. You could have Davis holding a paper in his hand, which says "secession," and Lincoln could be holding a copy of "The Emancipation Proclamation" in... read more
America the Giving by Cindy M. “Giving, giving, giving—Americans are always giving,” says Maria, an English-as-a-Second-Language student, as we talk about an upcoming charitable event. American generosity is both a wonder and a puzzlement to her, but she is sincere when she smiles and adds, “I am glad I am here. There was nothing for us in Bosnia. We are American now.” Maria’s words stay with me as I ponder what actually makes an American American. What characteristics do Americans possess that identify us as American as opposed to displaced Bosnians, Italians, Mexicans, Africans, Asians or Cherokees? Could it be as simple as Maria says? Could it be this knack we have of giving freely of ourselves above and beyond the call of duty? Can the character of a people be defined by their simple acts of kindness and charity alone? Is compassionate a sufficient adjective to describe us as a people? But folks like Maria perceive Americans differently. While we see... read more
Some students learn by looking at the big picture FIRST and then finding out all the little details. Other students learn all the little details FIRST before understanding the big picture. Social studies courses are usually taught from the TEACHER'S learning style, NOT the students.' Consequently, many students who could easily grasp the subject matter, think the teacher is from another planet. And, you know something? They're right! If your teacher provides a series of facts and asks you to formulate a conclusion, what do you do with these facts? If your teacher asks you to find the facts and formulate a conclusion, where would you start? How much of your own personal knowledge do you bring to the classroom each day? Whether you bury your head in the details or seek out the basic elements of the subject matter and work your way through the details, getting the critical information (the information for your report, test, exam, project) is key to learning the subject... read more
In today's world of multi-media, presentation style often impacts audiences more significantly than content. Terra-byte data generators who retain their viewers' attention long enough to enlighten, inform, persuade are usually those who have a knack for entertaining. Wit wins, it seems, whether or not facts and references are checked.
I am pleased to announce that I have joined the WyzAnt tutoring team! What a wonderful way to connect students with tutors. Today is my first day and I do not yet have any students. So, come and get your time slots before my schedule is full ... From Preschool to College (and beyond), I can supply your tutoring needs. Whether you need a refresher course for review, a crash course for a test, weekly help with homework, or just need to learn a new subject ... I can help! So, contact me, and "Let's get some work done!" -Laura
There are two "tricks" I have found to make history much simpler to learn. The first is to realize that time is always in motion and to track the cause/effect relationships throughout time (see "Time is a Flow"). The second is to apply emotions to history, and by that I mean to put yourself in the shoes of those before you. For example, I am tutoring two students in American history, currently at the events leading up to and including the Declaration of Independence. So, put yourself in the colonists' shoes. WHY were the set of acts setup by Britain so awful? WHY did the colonists have no choice but to rebel? Well, if you pretend that you are a colonist, the answers start making sense: You are being ruled by a monarchy across an entire ocean. At this point, you were probably born in America, so you have never even been to Britain. Yet, this king decides all of the laws for you and places taxes on items you use everyday... for what? To send more... read more
One of my pet peeves is how history is often taught. First off, history is about people and what happened, which is often rather exciting, not about dates. If you don't believe me that history can be exciting, just look at the #1 source for inspiration for video games (at least #1 when it comes to school subjects). Most strategy games are based on history and most others include history in their games (even if not our history *nods at Final Fantasy*). My other gripe though is that history is broken into sections. While I certainly admit the world has gone through major events and that sections can be helpful, so often I see history learned entirely as those sections. Time is a flow. History flows one event into the next. If we do not teach our students the cause-and-effect relationships throughout history, how are we supposed to learn from our past mistakes (and successes)? For example, I have a student who I am helping with history. He is studying world history... read more
Does starting a new school year and adjusting to a new teacher and classmates feel like going to the dentist? Do tests make you sweat, lose sleep, and forget to eat properly? Do you have dread, hesitation, or downright fear about school? Now is the time to turn the page on school, academics, and homework. Today you can learn skills that will make school easier, more fun, and not as frightening. Begin with testing. Do you know over 60% of K-12 students regularly experience test anxiety? Many students believe they will not do well on standardized tests and by thinking such negative thoughts, they also produce negative results. Tests, perhaps are not the most important things we do at school, but certainly do influence our self image, opportunities, and promotions in school. Doing well on tests may seem like something you have little or no control over, but it is not so. So how does the successful student prepare for a test? Tests are something we all must go through... read more
Got the profile up and ready to work! Weekend edition of the Wall Street Journal had an interesting article on Legend Rock in Wyoming. The story gives a general overview of the history of Legend Rock and the people (Shoshone) involved. What is fascinating is the Archaeologists studying Legend Rock have now come to the conclusion that the Shoshone people have been in the Wyoming area far longer than first credited with, although the Shoshone verbal history had known this all along! Once again this raises the debate on the accuracy of verbally passed on histories. For further reading on the subject I suggest reading Native American Verbal Art by William Clements.
What do all these events in World History have in common? * Napoleon enters Russia, defeats the Russians at Smolensk, and enters Moscow. * Louisiana becomes a State * British P.M. Perceval is assassinated in the House of Commons * U.S. declares war on Britain * James Madison is elected President * Beethoven composes Symphonies No. 7 and No. 8. * Swiss explorer J. L. Burckhardt discovers the Great Temple of Abu Simbel. The answer in a moment. What has always interested me is how many seemingly disconnected events throughout history are in fact somehow connected. As we go back in History, we see this to be less obvious. Partly because we have a hard time relating to something that happened say in the year 1812, but mostly because communication back then was so primitive and inefficient that events could be happening at the same time around the world, but not be effected by each other's events. As time passes, and communication improves, we see... read more
My name is Corey and I am currently a college student who studies in Rutgers University majoring in Electrical Engineering. I would like to take advantage of some of my free time to help other people and free them from their struggles with academics. The subjects below are my best so feel free to e-mail me and I will get back to you as soon as possible to set up an schedule. Thank you for your support.
Hello everyone! My name is Kristin and I am going to school for degrees in English and Public Relations Marketing. I am just beginning as far as college goes. I am already studying for my GRE to earn my Masters in either Humanities or Creative Writing. I am originally from Houma, LA but am now living in Northern MS. Even though my profile says that I will only tutor within 40 hours of my home, I realize that Tupelo, Selmer, and portions of Alabama are just outside of that range. I will tutor in Tupelo at Barnes N' Noble since I am well aware of the location since it serves Starbucks, and coffee and writing are two of my passions. Once I receive my Masters and teaching certificates I would like to return to Southern LA and teach at Fletcher Community College where as a member of the Student Government and State Community College Ambassador team I have many wonderful memories. Having amazing professors didn't hurt either. I am so certain of my own goals,... read more
Hi! I love learning and teaching others to learn. Education is very important in leading a fulfilling life. I have experience in tutoring elementary school children as well as college students. While in college at Oklahoma State University I developed very efficient and effective study habits. I wasn't a great test taker but with effective studying and applying myself in class I graduated with a 3.094. I have strengths in reading, writing, grammar, sociology, psychology, american history, computer programs and track & field. Please consider in letting me help you overcome any educational obstacles.
This photo was taken of me outside the Martin Van Buren home in New York, which I was able to see in the summer of 2009 while spending a week in the Hudson River Valley. Van Buren represents the move to modern American politics, and his home reflects the changing nature of how people of importance established themselves in houses of comfort. Touring historic places, seeing new sites and enjoying the company of others who enjoy the same things are hobbies of mine. I also love the Hudson River Valley north of NYC. It is one of the most attractive places on the East Coast of the U.S.