Sometimes adults can grow impatient with children, when they seem unwilling to concentrate on a task as long as adults seem to be able to. But in fact, there may be no problem at all with the child, because they actually are spending just as much time on tasks as adults are able to - it's just that time is moving at a different rate for them! There is a way to understand the difference between the attention span of a young child and that of an adult by considering the definition of time. Aristotle's definition of "time" is "the measure of motion according to the before and after." This means that "time" is just a way of describing change and is not something that "exists" in its own right. Time does not exist outside the mind. Changes happen, but they don't measure themselves, and time is just a way of measuring changes. It's the human mind's way of understanding change. In philosophical jargon, it's a "mental abstraction with a basis in reality." That means that time... read more
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You have a science paper due on Monday. History test and math packet due on Tuesday. English project group meeting Wednesday after school. Homework to complete. Chores on Saturday. And you want to spend time with a friend. Use a student planner. Be specific with the time. Include day/date and time/hour. Specifying the hour in your planner creates an actual appointment, and appointments are not made to be broken. During the week, your friend calls, wanting to come over and watch a movie with you on Saturday at 1:00 pm. You look at your planner. It shows you will be completing your history reading assignment at that time; you suggest 3:00 pm to your friend. It’s Saturday, 3:00 pm. Your friend knocks at the door. What’s that? You say you’re feeling great, relaxed, at ease. Oh yes. That’s part of the reward of scheduling, and sticking to it. You've read and studied the chapter for your history class. You finished your chores. Now you can really enjoy a movie. When are... read more
Hi everyone, I am new to WyzAnt and I am trying to complete all the tests required to become certified in the subjects I have listed. I have been taking the tests in my free time because I would like my prospective students and their parents to be confident that I know the material. Please be patient with me. I will try to complete at least one subject a day. By the way, I work for the Utica City School District. I am not really interested in paying for a background check because I have had one and I have been finger printed. Background checks are required to work in a school system in NYS. If you would like to pay for me to have a background check you're more than welcome to especially if it makes you feel more confident that I am the person you want as a tutor for yourself or your child.
Joel was told that he would not pass third grade by his teacher. She said he would not pass the TAKS and therefore not pass to 4th grade. I tutored him for a month and he did pass. He is beginning 4th grade. Congratulations, Joel. Way to go!
I love meeting new students. Today I scheduled a meeting with one of my new students. I can not wait to meet them. I am glad that the parent is so enthusiastic about their child's education. This makes tutoring so much easier and much more fun. I love tutoring in Spanish. I feel that the student and I have embarked on our own private session where only the student and I knows what is going on. When you think of the session that way, it makes the whole lesson a lot more fun and exciting for both you and the student. I cant wait to start the new school year with new students and new adventures.
Reading is my speciality but I've tutored all content areas. I'm a full-time employed grade 1 teacher who would like to tutor. Please read my profile on WyzAnt Thanks so very much! - Karen G.
I've been hearing a lot of the same from parents about the challenges of watching their little ones leave elementary school to enter a much more challenging environment in middle school. Parents notice the change immediately. It's as if once the kids entered the 6th grade everything and I mean everything changed drastically. Gone are the pizza party birthdays, the bake sales, and the ballroom dancing assemblies that made us laugh and cry in elementary school. No one tells parents that once the little ones graduate from 5th grade that they are forced to become, well, more sophisticated and more grown up. It's bittersweet really. We know they aren't completely ready but we have to let them go into that new world and be who they have to be. Just like we did when they were toddlers for the first time playing at the park. We had to let them go, at least a little to help them discover what they were capable of doing on their own. No matter how much it hurts us, no matter how much... read more
I've met a lot of parents and worked with a lot of teachers over the years, but I've only met a handful who think it's important to apologize to their children or students. And I think that's too bad. If adults are somehow "wronged" by another, we always appreciate a heartfelt apology. In fact, an apology tends to make us think more highly of the one doing the apologizing. So why is it so unusual to find adults who feel comfortable apologizing to children? I think that because kids are small - they're kids after all - adults don't think it's important to apologize when they've been wrong. And that's too bad, for several reasons. First, apologizing when necessary - to ANYONE - is simply the morally right thing to do, no matter the age of the person you've offended. Think back to a time when someone apologized to you. What do you think of the person who did the apologizing? I would imagine you thought much better of him or her after the apology. Apologies don't make the... read more
Just for fun, again... You are given 14 sugar cubes & 3 cups of coffee. Without breaking any cube, and using all 14 cubes, place an odd number of cubes in each of the 3 cups. Post your responses and I will report the final grades in October. Have fun!
Summer is here, and so is the required reading that many schools expect their students to read over the summer. For someone who enjoys reading, this is not a hard problem, but for those who do not enjoying reading, this is a task that they will dislike and put it off until the last possible minute, or in some cases completely forget about to avoid doing it. Here are some tips and strategies that I have used to help with summer reading. First, choose a book about something that you are truly interested in because if you choose a book that you are interested in you are more than likely will read it. If you have a required list of books for school, and there is not one book that sounds interesting, don't despair. You can still motivate the student who does not like to read. As a parent, you can sit down with your child and read/ discuss the book together. You can promise your child a special treat for completing the book. You should designate a time each day in which your child... read more
I have found that learning something new isn't very easy unless you can relate it to something you have already learned or experienced. I've had the greatest success with teaching new material to students by using what is in their natural environment. Even for the child who is obsessed with video games creating a "video game" curriculum has been both beneficial and rewarding. Some people find a "tough love" approach to be the kind of system that works. I've found a system that a child can relate too works best. Keep it strict but fun so that the child stays interested and can relate by means of experience. Lessons should be comfortable and familiar in a childs eyes...
Hello all, If you were ever forced to make play money coins at home with sheer ingenuity but while muttering under your breath for choosing to do it, you will understand that each denomination costs $4.50 for a bag of 100 if you purchase it online. Today I had a 1p.m. appointment with a 6th grader that was expecting to count money during her lesson. It was my second lesson for her, and I determined that I would provide play money by cutting paper coins and cutting cardboard circles to match the coins and staple them together. I tore the front cover off of a notebook to have cardboard. It was stifling hot. I sat underneath my open window with the ceiling fan blowing on me. Unbleached cotton the color of wedding cake syrup for snow balls covers my windows and for awhile, it was pleasant in the room. But as lunchtime and the appointment hour approached, I began to consider how much time I was spending cutting and stapling materials. I decided at 11:00 that I would go to the... read more
Hi, thanks for stopping in for a bit. If you are a parent considering helping your child improve his or her interest in reading, you've come to the right place. I have four children, all very diverse and interesting, and all who grew up reading or listening to me read to them.I am a grandmother, but not your typical grandmother. I enjoy getting down on the floor with my grandsons and racing cars, going outside and playing with them, and then settling in with a good book at the end of it all; of course, after a snack. If you don't have a library in your home, you can create your very own using a crate or an old box. Pick a spot in your house that you feel comfortable spending time in, maybe near your favorite chair or a comfy rug and the rest is easy: open the book and start exploring with your child. Tips: * Let your child pick out the book. * Start by saying the title, the author's name, and the illustrator if there is one. * Browse through the book leisurely... read more
Are you enrolled in a school that uses a reform mathematics curriculum such as Contemporary Mathematics in Context, Connected Mathematics Project, or Everyday Math? Are you struggling with the material and can’t find support to help you through? Do you teach from a reform curriculum and struggle to make it work? If so, I promise you are not alone. A reform curriculum, such as Contemporary Mathematics in Context (CMIC), also known as Integrated Mathematics or Core Plus, looks different than a traditional mathematics class. A traditional mathematics class separates the strands (Algebra, Geometry, Statistics, etc..) into different courses and focuses on just that area of mathematics for the entire course. While it may incorporate other strands, most of the emphasis is on only one. In a reform curriculum, all strands of mathematics are integrated throughout the course. In addition, the mathematics is embedded in real world situations that students can often easily relate to... read more