Helping Your Child Thrive
Helping Your Child Thrive
Dear Students In Search of Success:
I believe in your power to learn.
I've been involved with education, in a variety of venues my whole life: I have a Bachelor of Arts in English, with a focus on education. I taught for five years and left because I was discouraged by how little seemed to be happening in the classroom, even my own. I thought the existing educational structures didn't work for a lot of kids, didn't work for me.
In the meantime, I worked at a hospital for 17 years in the education department, taught CPR classes. And there it was—all that you could not achieve in the classroom, could be achieved in one-on-one settings. I'm most proud of getting a security guard, with physical and mental handicaps, to pass that stringent physical and intellectual test—in flying colors. It was the same scenario with kids at writing camps. Smaller classes, bigger success. Then I wrote curriculum for 18 years for character development curriculum, and we test drove the lessons. Again, smaller is better. And one on one, is best of all. It all helps with intellectual development, physical prowess, character development, and behavior improvement. Now I'm working with small groups of children in my church.
I am an auntie who knows that young people can learn enthusiastically when the teacher loves both the students and the content. The young ones behave better, learn more when they feel safe and there's a trusted adult who helps them.
I'm an ex-teacher, an active writer with one national book under her belt, others in progress, and several local books, a writer who wrote for a curriculum development firm for 18 years. I've reached retirement age, so I've left my jobs, but not my writing. I miss the kids, although I teach Sunday School and work with the Vacation Bible School program at a large downtown church. It turns out I'm a stickler for content, for great behaviors, and for success for students in all kinds of ways, from being kind to learning the difference between a noun and a verb, or fiction and non-fiction, or grand ideals and bad ideas.
Of course, teaching children to write well is absolutely key in achieving success in almost every area of life. Learning how to speak effectively, to write persuasively, to polish and publish.
Our children thrive in positive environments, with lots of positive feedback based on their actions and accomplishments. Lots of bad behaviors go away when kids are nourished with fondness and direction, with learning and encouragement. Learning becomes a way for them to manage their own lives and to set goals to achieve big things, things that are important to them. Kids matter; what they learn matters.
Looking forward to meeting and working with you.
Barbara hasn’t set a schedule.