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Five Tips To Keep Young Students Attentive And Engaged

Working with high school students is very straightforward. Kids in their mid to late teens are often focused and self-motivated to learn and perform. They are thinking about college and beyond, and usually have some goals in mind that they would like to achieve. Young children, however, are not as determined to plow through hours of mathematical tutelage as their older counterparts. They are... read more

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Gardner's Theory of Multiple Intelligences

"Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid." This quote, attributed to Albert Einstein (Dodd, n.d.), expresses the idea that is embodied by the Theory of Multiple Intelligences. This theory, developed by psychologist and neuroscientist Howard Gardner, states that intelligence is not... read more

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On Becoming a Teacher

Introduction   Teachers carry a tremendous responsibility. Their job is not just to educate the next generation of human beings that may one day shape the destiny of mankind, but they also have the opportunity to inspire the students that enter their classroom--to encourage creativity, to instill confidence and self-esteem, and to help students attain their fullest potential. It... read more

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Tutoring versus Teaching

Some people may think that tutoring and teaching are more or less the same, but the truth is that there are several key differences between the two.    Teachers develop lesson plans that they must teach at a certain pace while accommodating various learning styles. Many times I've heard students say, “my teacher goes too fast” or “I don’t understand the way my teacher explains... read more

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Title 1 - Mathematics

Title 1 provides academic assistance to selected students who are failing or are at risk of failing to meet the State’s challenging content and student performance standards in reading and mathematics.   The challenge lies in pinpointing where each student is struggling and providing support to each student individually.  You cannot simply help in general terms, you must... read more

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Thankfulness

I have had many good teachers in my life, but not all necessarily in formal educational settings.  I had a WONDERFUL preceptor when I first came out of nursing school. Vielke was calm, knowledgeable, helpful, nonjudgemental, friendly, and the patients and staff loved her.  She could work her way around a difficult patient load, while never panicking.  My third grade teacher,... read more

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Those who can, do; those who can't, teach?

Growing up, it was common for myself and my peers to consider pursuing career paths that weren't related to education. Being brainwashed by other professions, I never realized my natural gift of teaching until later on when I began tutoring a fellow student in high school.   And to be clear, teaching and tutoring do have their differences. For the sake of simplicity, I'll mesh... read more

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A little about me!

Hey everyone!   First and foremost, I love to learn. Ever since I was young, I've always been interested in Academics. I haven't always tried my hardest in school, but it wasn't ever because I didn't understand. I often had the opposite problem; I understood and just wanted to move on. I've always worked to not only gather information, but share it as well.   After... read more

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My Personal Teaching Philosophy

My personal philosophy on teaching is permanently "under construction". I am a human being on a lifelong journey of growth and learning; as I continue my journey, my progress will lend itself to the evolution of my teaching philosophy. My current philosophy is a product of the experiences from the first three decades of existence, and is based upon many factors that have shaped who... read more

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Write Poetry To Increase Confidence, Creativity, And Ability

Poetry is one of those literary genres that instill a fear in students, particularly in the middle school arena. Metaphor, sonnet, acrostic, haiku, rhyme, prose, or free verse are examples of hundreds of poetry terms and forms. Confusing for a young impressionable mind to absorb, poetry is often a subject to avoid, and if unavoidable, often solicits a desire to cheat to succeed. Throughout... read more

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Quote of the Day - John Steinbeck

"I have come to believe that a great teacher is a great artist and that there are as few as there are any other great artists. Teaching might even be the greatest of the arts since the medium is the human mind and spirit." ~John Steinbeck   There's an artist in each teacher and each student: teaching is the collaboration of two innovative minds. As a tutor, I see living,... read more

Teaching at Burris Elementary

Teaching at Burris Elementary

This is a video that I created using my time spent working with children at Burris Academy during my Edel 350 class from Ball State University in the Spring of 2011.

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