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I have been tutoring a first grader who moved here from Israel recently, in reading. It was challenging at first because she could not read at all, having left Israel just as she would have started learning there (but in Hebrew). But she and I kept at it, starting with sight words and some phonics and playing reading and words games together and then from one lesson to the next, she started reading! This was so exciting for me to see; it was like a light bulb came on suddenly, and it was just her time to learn!! She even got 2 awards at her school, one as student of the month for most improved reader and then student of the year as most improved reader!  I'm so proud of her!

My Cancellation Policy I value my time spent teaching, and your time spent learning. To facilitate the scheduling of lessons, I use the following cancellation policy: Cancellation Policy for Students: If a student wishes to cancel the lesson, she/he must provide notice at least 8-24 hours prior to the beginning of the lesson. If a student cancels the lesson between 8 and 4 hours in advance, a cancellation fee of up to 35% of the lesson cost may be assessed. If a student cancels the lesson between 4 and 2 hours in advance, a cancellation fee of up to 50% of the lesson cost may be assessed.   If a student cancels less than 2 hours in advance, a cancellation fee of up to 85% of the lesson cost may be assessed. If a student arrives to a lesson late, the lesson cost will include the time missed by the student. If a student arrives to a lesson more than 15 minutes late, I may consider the lesson cancelled without... read more

Chances are, your children came home with Summer reading lists and/or worksheet packets. As a parent, you might be tempted to feel frustrated or angry over what looks like and attempt to hijack your child's/ family's Summer. Hold off on that conclusion for just a second please. Research states that children lose on adverage:2.6 months of Math skills, 2months of reading skills. On adverage,teachers spend six weeks,"reteaching loat" material. Those packets serve as prevention tools.      Parents can save their child(ren)'s Summer with time management. Implementing a one hour,"studyhall" for your children in the morning, gives them the rest of the day to play. It also give your children ample time to complete ther assignments without last minute chaos. With a little planning and consistency, you can save your child(ren)'s education and the family vacation as well. Have a great Summer!

Who hasn't felt it? The pressure? The overbearing presence of the silent room as you sit there staring at a computer screen or paper, just trying to get your brain to function. It's panic. Fear. Terror. And it's one of the worst feelings. Afterward comes the blame. Knowing the information and losing it in that moment.   I know that feeling, but there are tons of techniques out there to help you. Lots of different little things. Like breathing deeply. Not everything is going to work for everyone, but let me go through two of my favorite.   Scent cues. It may seem silly but a lot of memory is tied to scent. So, wear the same perfume or cologne when you study as when you go for the test and save it just for class. Then when you start to panic, sniff your wrist. See if tying the memory to scent helps you remember, the physical action of sniffing can help break the tension too, not everyone works that way, but it's worth a try.   Alright. On to my... read more

In a general first conversation about what is interesting to the not-yet-professional about creating films, we always get to what are the myths about movies and what are the realities. That leads to where's the truth, how the myth got accepted and then diving into the subject to know about it. There doesn't have to be an accepted order to learn about it. Because in movie-making, no matter what subject you start with, it comes around and braids with another.  Knowing about stunt people eventually gets to Knowing about Directors , to knowing about different methods to capture an accident on screen. Soon the process of making the movie becomes real. Then if the student has a particular area they are interested in, one begins to have context into which to put that interest. Since movies are such celebrities themselves, its a fascinating way to start.

I value my time spent teaching, and your time spent learning. To facilitate the scheduling of lessons, I use the following cancellation policy: Cancellation Policy for Students: If a student wishes to cancel the lesson, she/he must provide notice at least 8 hours prior to the beginning of the lesson. If a student cancels the lesson between 8 and 2 hours in advance, a cancellation fee of up to 35% of the lesson cost may be assessed. If a student cancels the lesson less than 2 hours in advance (or does not show up to the lesson without prior notice) a cancellation fee of up to 50% of the lesson cost may be assessed.   If a student arrives to a lesson late, the lesson cost will include the time missed by the student.    If a student arrives to a lesson more than 20 minutes late, I may consider the lesson cancelled without prior notice. Tutor Lesson Commitment: I value my students time and education... read more

Please give notice at least six hours before the start time of a scheduled session if you have to cancel or reschedule for any reason. If you cancel a scheduled session less than 6 hours in advance but at least 30 minutes before the start time, a fee of up to 50% of the cost of the lesson will be charged. If you cancel a lesson later than 30 minutes before the scheduled start time, a fee of up to 100% of the cost of the lesson will be charged. If you show up to a lesson late, the charge for the lesson will still be for the duration between the scheduled start time and the actual end time. If you are more than 30 minutes late to a session and have not communicated that you will arrive late, the lesson will be considered cancelled and a fee of up to 100% of the cost of the lesson will be charged. When calculating a cancellation fee, a session duration of one hour will be assumed in all cases unless a different duration has been agreed upon beforehand.

Cancellation Policy I allow students to cancel lessons up to one hour in advance, with no additional charge. Cancellations with less than 60 minutes than the scheduled start time of the lesson will result in a full lesson charge. My cancellation policy applies to lessons that are pre-scheduled with unconfirmed details. For example, if we have a scheduled lesson, but I don't receive confirmed details regarding the new tutoring location's address, I will assess the cancellation fee. Late Policy The lesson will be charged from the agreed start time of the lesson, even if the student is late. If the tutor is late, the lesson will not be charged until tutoring begins. (However, it is very very unusual that I am ever late!)

It's that day and time. It's time to get up in front a group and deliver your scheduled speech. (Hopefully you've organized your main points and documentation - worked on the presentation and practiced your delivery - before now.) Who are the people listening – or not listening – to you? Why are they there? Audience analysis involves identifying the audience and adapting your presentation to them. This doesn’t mean “saying what they want to hear.” Audience adaptation should guide your content development and approaches to delivery. Audiences can include reluctant attendees, indifferent visitors, agreeable supporters, and angry or fearful dissidents. The “we have to be there” mindset. For instance, I would contend that students in a public speaking class – and their motivation to listen to you – is somewhat mixed. (Hey, they’ve “got” to be there regularly, right? We refer to this as a “captive” audience.) In my experience, here are some of the... read more

NOTE: For today's Math Journey, please refer to the image file “Image for Math Journey: Road Trip Around A Problem” under my WyzAnt files. Link: https://www.wyzant.com/resources/files/671706/image_for_math_journey_road_trip_around_a_problem Let's go on a road trip! When I teach geometry, especially geometry involving angle measures like this problem, I like to describe the process of solving a problem as taking a little road trip. I describe it this way because this is how I personally feel when solving a problem like this – my eyes rove around the figure from one intersection to the next, and I hop in my little math car and drive along lines and stop at intersections to figure out where I am. Geometry is a very visual discipline, and as a visual learner, I have the most fun when I can trace a physical journey around the problem, solving things as I go. So let's hop in our math car and chase this problem down! The first step in any problem like... read more

My Cancellation Policy I consider time very valuable, both to me and to my students. In order to be a more effective tutor, I am implementing my cancellation policy as follows: - Student Cancels with more than 24 hours Notice: No fee - Student Cancels with 6-24 hours Notice: 1/2 price of session - Student Cancels with 1-6 hours Notice: Full price of session - Student no-show with No Notice: Full price of session and student may be dropped I am committed to providing an excellent experience during each tutoring session. I promise to value your time. In the unlikely event that I am late or need to cancel a session last-minute, I agree to the following: - I am more than 15 minutes late to session: Student charged 1/2 price of session and make-up time, if possible - I cancelled a session with less than 24 hours Notice: Next session is free   My schedule is very full, and I prefer to schedule my students on a certain day of... read more

I became pi day challenge genius #181 at 3:14 on Sunday :-) Less than an estimated 10% of those who play do all 37+ (some have groups of puzzles). You can still play at any time at pidaychallenge.com #pidaychallenge Pi Day Challenge throughout the year. They're not just math/physics puzzles.   Per the owner of the site, I calculated the genius percentage incorrectly.  About 10,000 people took the challenge, so becoming a “genius” is pretty rare.   One of my elementary age students this year started answering some of the hard ones even faster than I did. I don't know if he'll complete all the puzzles, but each year his lateral and creative thinking improves.  Having these extra-curricular activities helps youth have FUN!!!   Try a few out... even if you think you're stuck.  It's amazing what the brain can do with a good night's sleep. Barbara W.

The Seven Learning Styles Visual/Spatial:You prefer using pictures, images, and spatial understanding. Aural/Auditory: You prefer using sound and music. Kinesthetic/Physical: You prefer using your body, hands and sense of touch Verbal/Linguistic : You prefer using words, both in speech and writing. Solitary: You prefer to work alone and use self-study Social: You prefer to learn in groups or with other people. Logical/Mathematical: You prefer using logic, reasoning and systems.   The Seven Learning Styles Visual/Spatial:You prefer using pictures, images, and spatial understanding. Aural/Auditory: You prefer using sound and music. Kinesthetic/Physical:  You prefer using your body, hands and sense of touch Verbal/Linguistic : You prefer using words, both in speech and writing. Solitary: You prefer to work alone and use self-study Social: You prefer... read more

Good project ideas for rainy (or just lazy) weekends:     Have the kids read aloud to you. Choose a word that you think they may not know the definition. Then start a "Look up that word" game: I know some friends of mine who used to play this game often, I recall there were brothers and were very much into sports and competition, if they didn't know a word that was spoken or in their homework assignments, they would race to a dictionary to see who could find the meaning first. By the way, now they are articulate men with an awesome vocabulary! You can ask "Who can look this word up and create a sentence? The fastest one is a winner!" Some kids may not think this is too much fun at first so plan a preferred meal or movie as a reward! They may start to really enjoy the word race game over time as they play it!

I've been creating mad-libs to use with my middle school French students. If anyone else would like to use them, feel free. Many of them are created from non-copyrighted short stories, not my original writing.    Mad Lib 1   1. un mois 2. un profession 3. un lieu 4. une Fete 5. une chose 6. un verb avec ils 7. un prenom d'une femme 8. un verb avec elle 9. une chose pluriel 10. un verb avec elle Nous sommes en __________(1). Gilles est ________(2) dans un/une ________. C’est bientôt la __________ (4) et Gilles a acheté un nouvel ________ (5). « ____________ (4) est un lundi cette année », dit le _________ (2) à sa femme. Ensemble, ils _________ (6). La femme de Gilles s’appelle ________(7). Elle _________ (8) dans un magasin de décorations en ville. Durant le mois d’octobre, elle a souvent beaucoup de _______. L’automne est une période où _______(7) ________ (10) beaucoup.     Mad... read more

Ellen’s Rules For Effective Time Management, Part 3 5. Mix up your subjects. Spending all day working on the same project can lead to feelings of frustration and inadequacy. Mixing up your subjects helps the brain to stay engaged, since it can’t fall into the trance of working on the same thing for hours. If you’re writing a paper and starting to feel annoyed or frustrated with it, take a break and work on your math for a bit. You’ll sit back down to the computer feeling refreshed and relaxed, even if you haven’t stopped for more than fifteen minutes at a time all day. 6. Make the delineations between subjects clear and firm. When mixing up your subjects, keep them distinct and separate from each other. Take a short break between subjects, or place the rest of your notebooks on the other side of the room so that you’re forced to get up and move around in order to change subjects. Give your brain several minutes to clear and reorganize for the next... read more

This was a really hard essay to write. Not because I couldn't figure out what to write about; I knew almost from the moment I read the prompt that I wanted to write about Dracula. On the contrary, it was hard because I had TOO MANY ideas for this essay – I had so many thoughts buzzing excitedly around in my head that my outlines kept coming out really scattered and disorganized. I went through, no joke, at least FOUR different outlines for this essay – and I refused to even start writing a draft until I'd sorted out what precisely was wrong with my outline, scrapped it for the third time, and started over from scratch. I went through several different organizational schemes, starting with one centered around a favorite Hitchcock quote about suspense that was a good idea, but ultimately, had no place in this particular essay. My outline eventually settled on the format that probably should have been obvious from the start – the one that related most closely to the prompt. My outline... read more

Wyzant has a policy to allow new students to meet with a tutor of their choice and if they don't find the tutor meets their needs, they may contact another tutor without charge (as I understand it). This is a customer-friendly policy that makes students feel more comfortable in contacting a potential tutor. However, it works both ways. A tutor will also need to review the information a potential student provides to determine if possible how well the tutor can provide the help requested. The problem lies when the student gives no information.   When a student writes only "I need help", or "when can you meet", or writes no message at all, it is impossible for a tutor to determine if he/she can help. A tutor must determine the student's specific subject and area of need, level, school or work situation, possible schedule (e.g. evenings only), and other factors to see if he/she can help. It becomes a waste of time to write back and forth when the student... read more

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