The following article takes well known anecdotal evidence and makes it much more real - as if it were a punch to the stomach or whack to the head. Do not let it intimidate you in the least. Having been a Peace Corps Volunteer in Namibia and working in Kenya, I know it is possible to be successful as the characteristics for succeeding are not specifically related to money. http://knowmore... read more
The following article takes well known anecdotal evidence and makes it much more real - as if it were a punch to the stomach or whack to the head. Do not let it intimidate you in the least! http://knowmore.washingtonpost.com/2014/03/06/why-your-sat-score-says-more-about-your-parents-than-about-you/?Post+generic=%3Ftid%3Dsm_twitter_washingtonpost The issue is not about the money…... read more
On standardized tests and in your general academic life, you are going to run into long reading passages that at first may seem like a lot to tackle. Let's face it - a long block of unbroken text on a standardized test is not the most inspiring sight in the world! An effective strategy for digging into these passages with the gusto required for high scoring is to underline and note-take... read more
With all the political attention on education, who is controlling curriculum in the classroom. Research says that differentiated instruction using just right materials for each student will ensure the success of low functioning students, enrich the classroom for gifted students and assure the average If research so clearly says all classrooms should be differentiating instruction why are... read more
Following are some of my 'go to' online resources. They help keep me up to date and also help me provide positive technology tools for my students. By sharing these, it is my hope that you find something here useful and interesting. Math Blaster The Free Dictionary Eutopia Reading Rainbow Teaching Resources We Are Teachers Starfall.com PBS.kids Happy Teaching! Sharon... read more
This document gives task analysis description for using the Quizlet interface for learning new terms.
The Virginia End of Course Reading SOL was changed in 2013, and "making inferences" was a weaker area on the test for many students. Making inferences from the information in a reading passage can be challenging for students, and even more so for ESL students who often interpret text in a more literal or concrete fashion, than native speakers do. An inference is an educated guess or prediction... read more
Making sure that you understand the question asked in a reading SOL is just as important as understanding the passage. Always read the question before you begin reading the passage. Know your reason or purpose in reading the passage by knowing what the question wants ahead of time. Here is my first installment in key words you will find in many SOL questions. Understanding these words and... read more
Reading is an important skill which I specialize in tutoring with students Reading is one of the most important ways we learn, especially in school. Subjects like Social Studies, History, and Literature utilize this imporatnt skill. We also need to know how to read and understand instructions for various things like even putting together something we receive in the mail or buy like a bicycle... read more
Learning linking verbs is difficult for young learners because of the large amount of linking verbs out there! How are students expected to remember each linking verb for their writing? How are they supposed to recall those verbs during an...
A first grader learns about the bully R.
Hi Everyone! I'm Michelle. Here's a short snippet about me, what I teach, and what I think about tutoring. Cheers!
Here are some of my favorite resources that cover multiple subject areas in a single resource. Check back again soon, this list is always growing! I also recommend school textbooks, your local library, and used bookstores. (All grades) www.wyzant.com/resources/answers - homework help from real tutors and teachers (All grades) http://www.wyzant.com/resources/lessons - lessons... read more
Here are some of my favorite Language Arts resources. Check back again soon, this list is always growing! I also recommend school textbooks, your local library, and used bookstores. (K-2) Starfall.com – Practice, tutorials, and assistance with students learning phonics. (K-5) Tumblebooks.com – A free, online library of e-books for students K-5; younger students can choose... read more
The Winter break is a great time to sharpen math and reading skills by making family holiday foods from recipes, along with sharing family history when discussing recipes. Collaboratively, reading cherished family holiday books and/or watching films of those books and discussing how the book and film are different is a good way to sharpen comparing and contrasting skills. Creating a Winter... read more
As a student myself, winter break is a time for relaxation, and unfortunately, to let many of the skills learned through a semester of college to slip away far more quickly than they were learned. I understand personally how easy it is to let one's brain grow dull over the winter break that we all look so forward to. So what are some ways to keep your brain sharp? And more importantly, what... read more
I have several students who would be glad to read more, if they have books recommended to them that are 'interesting'. I'm compiling a list of books for different grade levels, and would appreciate any recommendations from tutors or parents. My immediate need is for books for an advanced 5th grader, and a 9th grader who is only interested in sports and the Odyssey! Also, I... read more
An introduction from a tutor on WyzAnt.com, Greg K.
Sometimes the problem may be that the child has difficulty discriminating between sounds and that difficulty needs to be addressed first. Some children cannot perceive if two sounds are the same or different and need a lot of guided practice to learn to do this. Here are a couple of suggestions. Go to the website: http://www2.cambridge.org/interchangearcade/sortbytype.do?level=0&type=Cup_word_up... read more
When my son Bryon was in elementary school, he had lots of trouble learning how to read. This baffled and upset me because his older brother had been reading since Kindergarten. I knew that I should never compare my children and I knew that just because Bryon was not a good reader did not mean he was in any way less intelligent than his brother. Still, it began to break my heart when I would... read more