My first grade student blew me away today. He not only read the word, 'interesting,' all by himself -- but he also knew exactly how many syllables it has! After a full year tutoring, we have a great connection and each weekly session has its surprises.
I find I learn from my students, just as they learn from me. Age does not seem to matter, each individual has his or her own...
Back-to-School Smart Tips
It’s FINALLY almost time for school again, and I know a lot of you are excited (I know I am!), but there some excellent pointers to keep in mind as school starts back up again.
Before school starts:
1. Get a really good planner you like. Most students aren’t accustomed to using planners or don’t keep up with it. Planners, whether you know it or not, are just...
For someone who is new to the subject of Home Automation, the hardest choice they have to make is choosing the right controller. There are several controllers on the market, and new ones are coming out every day.
Some popular ones are:
MiCasaVerde - Vera 3 and VeraLite – http://www.micasaverde.com
Homeseer - http://www.homeseer.com/
Both of these systems use the Z-Wave...
Teacher’s Note to Self
A teacher shows, points out, instructs, and trains. To teach is to present, to offer to view, to show the way, to direct, to conduct, to guide, to refer, to move toward a particular direction. Teachers identify what needs to be done, what ought to be achieved,
and what is to be observed; teachers appoint, lead, and convey. Teachers provide explanations when necessary...
Virtual education’s popularity is on the rise. Parents have a wide variety of schools to choose from if they decide to enroll their children in a virtual school. This can make choosing a virtual school that's right for your children difficult. This article
summarizes five important things to consider when choosing a virtual school for your children.
1. Independent Study vs. Live Instruction
Please let me know your experience, or any helpful information you may have regarding Parental Alienation in divorce (or post-divorce) cases. I am deeply concerned for the well-being of some children who may be victims of Parental Alienation. I have been
told that this is a form of child abuse, since it can seriously impact a child's self-esteem. Research shows that children in divorce cases...
Hello, students and parents, and welcome to my tutoring blog!
I hope to use this space to post tips, useful resources, and information about a variety of subjects and tests to help you in your educational pursuits. I will try to keep the posts organized by topic so that you can easily find whatever you need quickly!
To start with, I'll tell you a little bit about myself! I've always loved...
The last article of this series taught readers how to create academic standards – based unit and lesson plans. The key to writing useful lesson and unit plans is creating clear goal and objective statements. This article teaches readers the similarities
and differences between the two statements and gives three tips for creating clear, content – relevant goals and objectives.
The most important asset that you have is yourself. Take advantage of it and remember that no matter what happens you’re going to do fine. In my experience, regardless of the situation, positive attitudes yield positive results. Just like most standardized
tests, the PTCB has a variety of general knowledge questions. What most people don’t realize is that this test is basically broken up into...
The first two articles in this series covered how to prepare to home school your child(ren). If you’re following along, you’re probably asking yourself the most logical question: how do I know what to teach every day and how do I teach it? The simple answer
is, “By pre-planning using unit and daily lesson plans.” This article explains unit and lesson plans, why they’re important to home schooling...
The amount of pressure being placed upon students in the 21st century is increasing everyday. Pressures can include students who struggle with a learning disabilities, pressure to get into a good college, even poor teaching professionals who have lost their
desire to teach our youth, which can lead to struggling in multiple academic subject areas. Put yourself into the shoes of a primary school...
When deciding the next topic for my blog, I identified and disposed of numerous topics. I simply could not identify a topic on which I wanted to write. Finally, based upon an increasing number of dissertation coaching requests and a desire to inform doctoral
candidates, I settled on the dissertation process. Having determined the topic, I then had to think of a title for the blog post. After...
In the first article of this series, I reviewed the steps that parents should take to make sure their child(ren) transition smoothly and legally from traditional schools to home schooling. This includes: researching and submitting necessary state department
of education paperwork, creating a school year and school day schedule, choosing subjects and books/ materials, and setting learning goals...
Parents consider home schooling their child(ren) for a number of reasons. Some may be dissatisfied with the curriculum offered by local public and private schools. Others may travel a lot and want their children to experience other countries and cultures.
Whatever your reason for considering home schooling, this series of articles will teach you basic steps to take to begin home schooling your...
College - bound high school seniors are facing a deadline they may not know about: the FAFSA application. It’s easy to understand how students can overlook it with all their high school work and graduation requirements on their minds. But, failing to turn
the form in can make them ineligible for college financial aid next year. This article will teach high school seniors basic facts and tips...
On February 8, 1926, “Disney Brothers Studio” was renamed “Walt Disney Studio”, becoming the entertainment company we know and love today. The Disney brother’s history is one of emotional and financial difficulty. This article summarizes the company’s history
including Disney cartoons and theme parks.
Roy and Walt Disney began their animation careers when they joined with their friend and...
Recently I was asked to relate my favorite education quote. Admittedly, I had a hard time choosing. Education is nuanced. Thousands of teaching and learning quotes are relevant and memorable.
After re-reading several of my favorite education quotes, I chose this one as my favorite: “Education is light, lack of it darkness.” (Russian proverb.) Teachers, parents, students, and tutors will all...
Many high school seniors are starting to think about their freshmen year of college. Some may have already been accepted and are already thinking about their summer visit and freshmen orientation. In their excitement, they may be forgetting the most important
part of the visit, filling out their fall schedules. This article gives you five tips to remember when making your fall schedule this...
One question I just received on a different blog was how to handle the 4-star ratings that come up. No matter how good you are, someone will not be satisfied. I personally have received two 4-stars here on WyzAnt, one when I was just starting out, and one
For the 4-star early on, it was from a weekly student who only rated the very first meeting as a 4-star. When I learned it...
Some schools have strict policies about Christmas gift giving. These include dollar limits, “acceptable” gifts, or a “no gifts, please” policy. Parents often become anxious if their child’s school allows Christmas gifts for its teachers. Some may worry about
how others might perceive the gift. Others may worry about what teachers will think if they don’t give their child’s teachers a gift....