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WyzAnt Wants To Know: Real World Writing

“Students often want to know how they'll use a subject "in the real world." Pick one of your subjects and tell us why it's important outside of the classroom.” As it happens I wrote an article on this very topic as it relates to Algebra a few months back. You can check out that article here. So since I've already answered this in relation to math, I'll discuss another of... read more

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WWTK: Summer Fun with Math!

Nobody likes doing homework in the summer. It's just a fact of life. My advice to students who want to stay sharp during the summer is to inject fun into your work and work into your fun. Find a way to connect your personal fun time back to the subjects you're learning in school. The best way to accomplish this, in my opinion, is to look for school skills in unusual contexts. If you're interested... read more

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WWTK: Online Resources

I've recently discovered several online resources that I find very helpful for the various subjects I tutor. Since my tutoring subjects break down into three broad categories (Math, English, and SAT Prep), I'll choose one from each category to discuss today.     SAT Prep For SAT preparation, you can't beat the College Board website (sat.collegeboard.org). There's... read more

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On behalf of Econ, I apologize for words making you question your abilities

Lately I've realized just how stressful economics can be, particularly for students with English as a second or third language. Trying to explain utility and utils to someone a few days ago, all I could think about was my own AP Econ professor, with his southern drawl, and a look he reserved for confused students.  Someone would ask a question. There'd be a pause. Wearing his varsity... read more

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My 5th to 7th grade Mathematics teacher

WyzAnt wants to know: Which teacher from your past (or present) are you most "thankful" for and what lesson did they teach you? I am most "thankful" for my 5th, 6th and 7th grade Math teacher. She opened my mind and truly showed me what it means do think through and write up a rigorous mathematical proof. The key concepts I learned then, I still used up to the... read more

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Pringles, teacher in a can!

In my last semester in high school, I found out that I would not graduate on time with my classmates. In order for me to complete my diploma in the same year, I would have to attend summer school. Two weeks after classes ended in public school, I started my summer school class; Algebra 2. My teacher was a lady by the name of Mrs. Pringle. She was a short  in stature and was originally... read more

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Teachers That I Am Most Thankful For (WWTK)

Mr. Utz was my Algebra instructor at UAFS.  He taught me valuable lessons in Algebra that I am able to share with my TANF Literacy Initiative students who are striving for their GEDs and Career Readiness Certicates.   The other teacher from my past that I am thankful for is Mrs. Rhonda Grey.  She taught me lifelong lessons in English IV honors which are part of my everyday... read more

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WWTK-Thankful!

I am thankful to my Drexel Biomedical Engineering Professor of BMES122 and 123.  He taught me about having honor and being honest with your scientific work.  He instilled in us that what we do ca change the world and be a blessing or a hardship on another human life.  He had such a respect for Biomedical Engineers but also made us realize that there is a lot of responsibility... read more

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Don't be sorry!

Greetings, scholars! Usually I reserve my blog for sharing tech tips and practical advice, but the upcoming holiday has me reflecting on how thankful I am for the wonderful teachers I have had over the years. There's Dr. Galvin, who taught me how to think about discrete mathematics, helped me appreciate "vintage" math literature, and showed me the online encyclopedia of... read more

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I was thankful for my physics teacher

My physics teacher really got me interested in engineering and dynamics. He made the course very fun with many experiments and demonstrations. The class itself was very open and free. It was more of a discussion-type setting between students, and the teacher assisted when no one else knew what to do. It prepared me for my career by introducing me to physics and free-thinking. It was also very... read more

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Influential Teachers

There are several teachers that were the "most influential". From Fr. Joe Murphy, OSB who taught History at St. Gregory's College ("Holy Cats!"), Mr. Homer Jones ("The Constitution says what the Supreme Court says it says") and many more who taught me to love learning. They were the key, and foundation, to what education should be. It is a love affair with learning... read more

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I am most thankful for:

Linda Sherwood was my 9th and 11th grade Spanish teacher.  We were her first class to ever teach.  She was so kind and amazing.  Following in her footsteps I went on to be an exchange student, major in Spanish, become a high school teacher, and later an ESL instructor. 

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Caring About Your Student Can Make all the Difference

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

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The teacher who helped me

I am most thankful for my third grade teacher, Ms. Ruth Hempen.  She took time to find out who I was and showed that she valued me.  She involved her students as active participants in the learning process. 

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Valuable Voices: A Teacher's Most Important Lesson

I remember the moment clearly even now: Mrs S., brandishing the loose-leaf pages in front of my fourth-grade classroom, her wild-eyed look at odds with her precise hair and immaculate apple-printed skirt. I remember how I had quietly slipped the papers into tray of finished homework, how I had felt somehow embarrassed by the inked words. I remember her words: "Julie is going to be a famous... read more

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Mastering the Practice Room

Often for music students the practice room can be a place of transcendent accomplishment as well as massive frustration. I have practice until my fingers bled, until I got exactly what I wanted, only to come back the next day and feel as if none of that work had showed up. I have also had breakthrough moments where everything seemed to fall into place, music and the world suddenly made sense... read more

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Hands-on math and science education for the "theoretically" challenged (like me)

I strongly believe that difficulty with a certain subject does NOT mean that you or your child are not cut out for a particular field. If you're interested in something, understanding will eventually come to you. The trick is to help it out.   The visit to Q's lab was always my favorite part of a James Bond movie. In elementary school, I wanted to be an inventor (which I believed... read more

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How I mastered a challenging subject

I mastered a challenging subject by making myself fall in love with that subject.  By falling in love with the subject, you will seek to find ways during your day to get with that subject, to read and study into that subject, to work problems or write definitions.   This is because by nature we avoid what we dislike.  So first off, a student must adjust his mental thinking... read more

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WWTK how I mastered a difficult subject.

I had difficulty with phonics throughout school. I learned to read by sight ("Dick and Jane") and was a very good reader. I could not spell because I tried, unsuccessfully, to "sound out" words. I had problems learning French once we went to a Language Lab and put on earphones and was no longer able to see the teacher's face for lessons. I remember listening to phonics records... read more

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How I beat Algebra

 I disliked Algebra...a lot.  It was heartbreaking to fail.  I had never failed anything before and I felt like a, well, failure. Practicing everyday didn't seem to improve my skills.  Back then there was no Khan academy to turn to.  There were books to read and my teacher to stay after with for extra tutoring.  Mr. B worked tirelessly to make me understand... read more

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