Sharing success stories can be a little bit heady – I’m not one to toot my own horn, but I am so very proud of my students and their accomplishments, it’s hard not to share!
The following excerpt is taken from a student’s letter to the International Dyslexia Association in response to their “Honor A Teacher” campaign. Through mail and email, members, friends and supporters of IDA were invited...
The Orton-Gillingham methodology is a method of reading instruction that focuses on multi-sensory learning. The basic idea is that some students, particularly students with learning issues like dyslexia, benefit from using their senses to activate and retrain parts of the brain that are used in reading. As a result, Orton-Gillingham based instruction features a lot of interesting hands-on activities...
I found that if I included technical reading and writing into the lessons that were specific to something the student was building or using or gaming (or something career bound) they were more interested. This supplemented the general curriculum that they needed to study.
I also found that if we did lessons outside or near my animals/or theirs, it was a calming environment and they maintained...
The above-referenced subjects include different-aged PreK-College student needs I have experienced at the beginning of each school year since Fall 2010, when I first began tutoring in earnest via WyzAnt, instead of substituting daily for lesser pay in 18 area elementaries in our school district. I am not including higher math (Grade 7 and above) in my math tutoring experience. I also have helped...
Playing a math game. Following a recipe. Building a science project, robot, or electronic kit... These are some ways to use hands-on learning activities to make science and math more interesting. This summer, for example, I have been using some new modules that include electronics/science of electricity, automotive engine technology, solar energy labs, etc. for "gifted", "average",...
Do you struggle to keep track of all your paper work, assignments, etc. for your classes? Are you always forgetting something essential for class? If this has been your life story, perhaps there is a logical explanation - Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD).
As a high school teacher, I encountered students who were undiagnosed with this disorder. It greatly affected their school performance....
In today's world where everything is about our accomplishments, and time is of the essence, it really helps to get a tutor. I don't think I would be where I was today if I had not had the benefit of a tutor in some of my college subjects. A good tutor can help you to have more confidence and success as you move forward with your goals and dreams. Working with a good tutor can make a world of difference...
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Often, students are not taught HOW to study and what to study. As a long-time college professor I can share teacher techniques and how we choose what we choose related to tests and discussions. There are also basic principles of testing that must be learned. Take some time now during your break to learn how to study and what to study and even how to take tests, so in the Fall you will be ready...
You are brilliant when it comes to some of your courses, but in other areas...you just don't get it. It may not be just you! Humans learn in different ways and professors tend to teach to the masses. As an experienced professor, I teach students in more of a visual, applicable fashion. When you and I finish with our tutoring sessions you will understand the material because you will make it your...
- Weekends flexible
Mon-Tues: Limited availability pending graduate coursework times. (I will have a clearer sense of this by 6/25/12)
Wed-Fri: Anytime after 3pm
Prefer to meet in public place such as a library or coffee shop for initial session. I will consider private residences after the first meeting.
Now is the time to plan for Summer Tutoring. I will be offering a full schedule of tutoring for the summer, including some interesting group sessions and summer programs. Call for more information!
Recently, after I tutored two of my favorite students to prepare them for upcoming tests in Pre-Algebra and Geometry respectively, I received positive reinforcement for the importance and value of customizing the tutoring approach, information, knowledge transfer, and tutoring style.
After the first tutoring session, I was approached by three people as I was waiting for my next student:
A few keys to success in school (for people with or without A.D.D.):
We need to concentrate on taking notes in classes, and possibly use a digital recorder to record some classes. (That makes a tremendous difference for many of my A.D.D. students, because they can "go back and listen" to things they missed when distractions occurred.) Examples of distractions include when other students...
I am so excited that I found WyzAnt!! It has been wonderful! I have met so many new people and love helping work with my students to see them advance! I worked in the public schools for 7 years and loved every minute of it when I had my SPED Resource Room for Learning Disabled, Dyslexic, and ADD/ADHD students. I got to see so many young people better themselves and get passed that learning barrier...
What nice things were said today about my teaching. This by a former Principal.
"Rosemary was a very dedicated teacher with good moral values and a passion for teaching. She was always prepared for class, punctual, responsible and was able to motivate children to learn. She was also very creative in her approach and the children were drawn to her. I was very fortunate to have her...
You are not alone! Many parents and teachers struggle with this all-too-common phrase. I have attached a link to a short and proactive article that will help you keep your child interested in reading.
I was reading what another WyzAnt tutor said, and I realized that he and I have the same attitude towards tutoring:
We cherish each and every student, and enjoy working with them, but we don’t necessarily want to build a long-term relationship with them. I compare this situation to birds learning to fly. They need help at first, but it is important for them to learn to be self-sufficient,...
Celebrating the little things.
Today was a great day! One of my students read a list of words that she could not have read four months ago. She also read to her small group and used word attack skills to sound out almost all of the words. This may sound small, but to see her improvement, just made my day. She was reversing several letters when we began working together. The other kids would...
Celebrating our gifts can be a good way to put things in perspective. Sometimes I ask myself if my life would be different if I didn't have ADHD. Well, yes, it probably would look very different! Would I want that though? Not really. What I hope to do in this blog, is to share why having a learning difference, special need, ADHD, LD, or anything that makes us different can be celebrated. Since...