I have a few ideas about the way the education system should work and what its goals
should be. For one, I believe the primary goal should be to impart knowledge and convey understanding. Not to "weed out" students, stratify the class into distinct performance and grade levels, or even to "challenge" the students. All those things
can happen naturally and spontaneously without any extra effort from the administration.
What good is an educational system or institution if the knowledge doesn't stay with the students because they binge and purge facts like intellectual bulimics? With terms like "cram", "all-nighter", and "data dump" becoming more and more frequent before
and after exams, it's clear that something is seriously wrong with our standards and objectives. Are we trying to produce thoroughly skilled and educated professionals or trivia game contestants? Blind memorization is not the same as understanding...
But there's always MORE math! That's what I told one of my students a month ago, and I meant it. I've dealt with math in every role from student, to teacher, to tutor and I can honestly say that the more I learn, the more I'm sure that I've barely scratched
the surface of what's out there. A scary thought considering I've been educated in the subject for nearly 25 years. So what is a high school student to do these days with so much scary math out there?
I have one piece of advice: focus. That does NOT mean fixating on every minor detail you come across in order to then extract meaning from each individual piece of information and then put it all together at the end. That's not focusing, that's suffering.
Nobody learns the ABC's all at once. Neither should you attempt to do it with math.
In order to focus, it helps to (temporarily) ignore the minor details and devote your attention to "the big picture." You want to quickly identify and...
It is “common sense” to believe that we share the same sense of commonality amongst all others within society. However, we should never assume what is common to one’s self is necessarily applicable to the entirety of humanity. Each and every individual
is independently designed to learn, grow and facilitate thought at his or her own pace to which cannot be labeled as common, but rather should be seen as unique. As unique individuals we must help one another to learn our own common knowledge in order for
him or her to flourish. What is not necessarily “common sense” is the understanding that we, as members of society, are responsible for the facilitation of all other’s level of common sense. A powerful way to prevent others from engaging in those behaviors
that may irritate ourselves we must educate rather than discriminate and judge. So maybe next time, rather than judging an individual’s faults as a defect of “common sense,” pursue the opportunity as an educator, friend,...
It is extremely important that all students (and preferably their teachers) understand how they learn. Once I realized that I learned best through reading and doing, education became easy for me, but I was in college by then. Oh, how different things
could have been if I had learned this early. Teachers may realize it, my 6th grade math and English teacher knew it, but she never stopped to explain it to me.
The first time I meet a student I like to give them a Learning Styles Inventory like
VARK which has printable inventories and a separate inventory for younger children or
Education Planner which is geared toward the college bound and has some great resources for students, parents, and counselors. Once I have assessed the student's learning styles I can gear all lessons to fit that particular student.
Teachers are forced to adapt lessons...
The education system, such a complex and convoluted series of practices and hierarchies, where does the student of the 21st century fit? Education now-a-days seems to have a greater goal of higher efficiency compared to student individuality in the class
room. With a ballooning population, low teacher salaries, and out dated resources, we are in for a crisis situation in the coming decades with our current system. So many individuals I know that have entered the teaching field with the mind set that they are
going to shake things up, and really start to perpetuate a difference, have more often than not been met with stark opposition and resistance. Something that people may find counter-intuitive at best. The education system isn't going to change overnight, that
the beauty of incorporating a tutor into a student's life. This gives the student the individual one on one attention that a growing, curious mind deserves. I'm a scientist in my day to day life, holding a BS in Microbiology...
Everyone knows education is vital to learning. You learn facts. You become familiar with a process. You discover tricks and tips and mnemonics. You notice details. You explore possibilities. The flow of information
from source to student can be like a river or like a trickle. Either way, this is all contained in the education part of learning. But this is only one-third of learning.
Where are the other two-thirds? Hidden inside the other two 'e's.
First was education. The second is edification. If your spirits are not uplifted, if you are sad or frustrated, if you are tired or bored, learning can't happen. No matter how many times you rinse and repeat,
your brain does not absorb the information. The simplest form of edification is entertainment. When at a loss, I have been goofy for students, (yes, on purpose!) to get a laugh and to break the tension. Two of the highest forms of edification are positive
reinforcement and affirmation. Hearing and...
Playing online word games - word jumbles, crossword puzzles and the like; Reading newspapers, magazines, journals and novels; Entering essay-writing contests is a great way to hone your writing skills; My all-time favorite passtime -- solving jigsaw puzzles;
Downloading apps or playing video games on math or English skills; Scrabble is a great boardgame that draws on vocabulary reposits. In fact, just doing an internet search for "educational games" will produce a mind-boggling variety of results!
Education does not end with Summer break nor graduation. Education is a long-term, life-long pursuit. The mind loves the stimulated with new and exciting subjects, or input! Students and non-students alike must maintain their minds alert, through books,
dialogue, and exchange of ideas. We live in a hyper-culture, with too much emphasis on success=equals material possessions. Although this may be a reality, success=mental growth, thought, reflection and great perspective on life and the Human Condition.
Never stop learning, Time spent on the beach, at the desert, the mountains on great vacations must be subsidized with time spent in books, new thought, picking apart what is, challenge your thought process to grow and create. Learning is a creative mind-set.
Development of the mind needs to be your highest priority.
When parents think about the key factors for academic success, they often look at standard pillars of solid education: (1) a collection of good educators, (2) a wealth of solid academic resources, and (3) a diligent routine of practice and study. These
components are certainly essential pieces of the puzzle, but they overlook the keystone underpinning that affects every aspect of learning: nutrition.
?Food provides our bodies with necessary nutrients to run smoothly and efficiently. It keeps our immune systems operational, our musculature robust, and our mental faculties sharp. Just like automobiles, our bodies function better when our fuel is of higher
quality. If we want optimal performance, we need to be ingesting a steady stream of nutrient rich food. How can we expect our brains to be fully functional when we are feeding them subpar sustenance? ? ?The difficulty for us is that the marketplace is flooded
with garbage. At every turn in the grocery store, we are...
I believe that students need to take a couple of weeks right after school is out and have fun! They have been cooped up, studying hard and walking that line of following rules and being told what and what not to do for quite a while. They have been stressed
with finals and trying to get every last good grade possible to ensure either passing to the next grade or upping their GPA's . Summer continues to get shorter and shorter with schools starting now at the end of July, so let them be kids, have fun and relax.
Now this is not to say that maybe reading a book here and there or prepping for SAT's or other important tests should be totally forgotten but on a bit of a slower pace than in the regular school year. Getting on the internet and using educational resources
and tools that make learning fun and not feel like school is a good way to keep their minds sharp also. Traveling is one of the most educational experiences there is if possible over the summer...
Under Harmer’s theory, affect, agency,
achievement, attitude, and activities are all crucial aspects of motivation. To focus on improving affect positivity, teachers can try to minimize their time spent as controllers, introduce more colorful (and
carefully chosen colors of) classroom decorations, and aim for more activities and class discussions on topics that the students find interesting independent of their language learning.
To improve motivation with activities, teachers should attempt to strike a balance between challenge and exhaustion. Very simple activities will not motivate the students, and will cause affect to decrease if used after students have proclaimed them
to be “too easy” or if used frequently/repetitively.
To improve motivation via achievement, teachers must first determine what kind of achievement is important to their students. In some classrooms,...
What does Tutor Smart mean? It means that if students know that they are going to be struggling with their work in their classes, they always know to get a tutor ahead of time. Being tutor smart is the key to getting all of the help that is needed in order
to achieve goals and accomplishments. Stu dents should want to be tutor smart because getting set up with a tutor ahead of time will result in better grades on assignments, a better understanding of what their assignments consist of, and what their teachers,
and/or professors expect of their students. Tutor Smart also means that tutors always know how ot help when students ask for it, and it means that students should plan ahead if they know that they are starting to struggle with their work. This also goes for
college students and adults who are taking classes for the first time, or if they are starting a new school semester. As a tutor, I know that students can do better in school if they just learn to get the help that...
My Favorite web sites and apps are web sites that I can view on the go, such as whiotv.com, facebook.com, and gmail.com. Other web sites that I like are mylifetime.com, wetv.com and more. Enough about that. What are my favorite web site resources? One
of m y favorite site resources is biblegateway.com. This one is for people who study religion but it is also for people who already know about religion. Another resource site would be ask.com. The thing about ask.com is that I can type in a question in order
to do some research and the site would come up with great search results in order for me to find the best answer. Google.com is my all time favorite resource site because I can google anything I need to know and I can easily research the information I need,
whether it is for students, or for myself. Sites I would recommend would be google.com, ask.com, and also bing.com, but the main site I would recommend is englishgrammar101.com. This is because kids who are in school,...
Willpower is unique to humanity. It is the keystone characteristic that is directly responsible for our technological advancement over the last several hundred thousand years. Willpower can be defined as the capacity to restrain our impulses and resist
temptation in order to maximize our long-term success. It is the expulsion of energy to fight off innate survival based urges to exponentially increase future advantages and benefits. It is the driving force behind all civilizations, and it is what prods humankind
forward to learn and grow.
When we turn down a bite of cheesecake, step away from a mind numbing reality sitcom, or push off a nap to get some work done, the credit goes to willpower. It is this ghost like aura of control and discipline that we rely on to extend our existence and maximize
our accomplishments. When we watch highly successful individuals exercise routinely, read voraciously, and work tirelessly, we are impressed with their ability to resist...
With the technological push drowning us with zillions of interactive make-life-easy options, people are loading up on technology like sugar during WWII! Kids have Wii's, iPads, smartphones, 4G connections, Kindles, and more. And that's at home! Many schools
have joined Mission Technology in an effort to help children remain engaged in the classroom amidst our changing world. People think if they have the latest technology, they're the 'best on the block'! People believe that technology helps make reading and
math easier for kids and communication easier for adults (which means gossip). People believe that if their HDTV streams Netflix movies while they check their online dating account using their ipad, and upload pictures using their smartphone, they've hit the
mother load! While others allow their little ones to paint, sans the paint and the teens get to facebook and tweet and instagram on their smartphones until they fall asleep!
Here's the truth. Unbalanced technology...
It is natural that as tutors we get called in to the help kids that are struggling. It is no surprise that almost 100% of my students have attention problems. I love to see the beauty in these kids' minds. They can be so talented. But the drawback
is when you have to tutor them in a subject they don't enjoy or shine at. I find myself constantly trying to keep things exciting and they usually respond. But what do you do when the kid who has been doing his best just gives you the cold shoulder, falls
asleep in your one-on-one lesson, or is just staring into space? I know from experience that not everything is going into a black hole when I am explaining something to a "zoned-out" student. But what do you do on days when you know everything you are saying
IS going in a black hole? Please share your tips!
Math can be a puzzling and often frustrating subject for students. Some pupils seem to effortlessly pluck A+’s from the heavens, while others grind away to earn average grades at best. Why the discrepancy? Are some brains simply predisposed to math success,
while others are hopelessly misaligned? Of course not. If I believed that, I wouldn’t be teaching math. So what’s the deal? Why the blaring gap in math performance? One key factor is learning styles. Despite what your folks might say, people learn in different
ways. Some students naturally thrive in standard Prussian style classroom settings; others, however, only truly soar in different environments that are better tailored to their particular strengths. If a student is struggling in math at school, it could be
because the standard curriculum is not in sync with his/her learning style. This article will (1) run through the seven learning styles, (2) explain how to identify where students fit on the learning style spectrum,...
Finding an excellent tutor can make a tremendous impact on a child’s ability to succeed academically. While some kids are able to independently digest in class lectures and textbook explanations, others benefit greatly from an additional system of support.
Parsing through the material after school with a guiding hand can fully illuminate subjects that are otherwise difficult to grasp. Translation: with the right set of mentors, all students can develop into confident adults with healthy GPAs. Most parents are
well versed in the art of finding a nicely fitting academic institution, but very few are aware of the highly nuanced process for vetting a tutor. Here are six key components that parents should evaluate when searching for a tutor:
1. Experience Tutoring Or Teaching – it goes without saying that experience is critical in any field. It is particularly important in teaching, however, because there are a wide variety of students and respective learning styles. Some...
I have done something with my students which I feel has made a ton of difference.
That is brain breaks. They can be anything from giving a 5 minute breather to doing a non school activity with the student. I have been doing duct tape crafts with one of my students. I don't ever charge for this but I think they are essential.
Students are in school all day. They have homework when they get home. They get mentally exhausted. I do this especially when I am tutoring more than one subject at a time. This allows the student to switch gears.
An effective tutor forms a relationship with his/her students. Brain breaks show that the teacher is a person as well and likes to have fun.
For tutors: Do you use brain breaks? For students: What brain break would you like to do?
I always felt that when you are tutoring, you have to inspire the person you are helping. If you can, they will then put out so much more effort to learn. Some students are hard to inspire because they have had bad learning experiences that made them dislike
school or a particular subject. I understand how easy it is to lose interest in a subject as I have through sciences but when I met the right teacher, I was suddenly hooked and more focused than ever before.
I try to do this whenever I tutor someone. So ask yourself. Can I inspire someone today? I am sure you can. We can be inspirations for education.