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As a tutor, I enjoy helping students understand their assignments, improve their academic performance, or prepare for standardized tests, but I'd be hesitant to say I actually like standardized tests.   But I've tempered my perspective concerning standardized tests because of the revised Advanced Placement U.S. History exam.  It does have a multiple choice "just the facts" section, but now half of one's grade is based on the ability to demonstrate critical thinking, and applying one's knowledge and thinking creatively.   For example, the Document-Based Question essay provides five to seven primary sources: these could be Executive (Presidential) Orders, speeches, laws, political cartoons, photographs, propaganda posters, and images of historical artifacts. One sample question, which required that students develop an interpretation of the perceptual and cognitive mindset of American culture during the Cold War, had a reproduction of an advertisement... read more

 I know this subject sounds a little different than what your accustomed to. The point is to concentrate on the fact that having no real life applications integrated within your lesson plan leaves a lot behind. You may think that this is common sense or something that every tutor, teacher or mentor does for their students. This is not the case. I have seen time and time again quality rogue memorization. Most fail when attempting to apply their knowledge to the real word. This is not the fault of the teacher, tutor, or student. It takes a team effort to ensure that this type of skill can be developed.     I will add more to this blog. Before I go into more detail, take a moment to think about how you have done this for your students. Please share if you would like. 

Over these coming warm weather months I plan on incorporating lessons in the parks of New York City. This is an ideal place for drawing, watercolors, painting and of course live sketching. Today I worked with a students who is focusing on creative concepting for an illustration series. I look forward to working with new students who want to broaden their fine or digital art skills while taking advantage of all the resources NYC has to offer! Feel free to contact me if you would like to learn how I can help you with your creativity.

Hi, I'm new to blogging but not new to tutoring. However, I am brand new to Wyzant. Being one-on-one with a student gives the two of us some of what just can't be accomplished in the classroom possible. A gradual understanding of the concepts and the regular opportunity to learn as is best for you. I can also tutor you without the distractions that tend to take precious time away from the enjoyment of grasping and achieving a great outcome. Contact me. I'd am ready now to work with You!!

Have you ever felt like you have fallen into a rut, stuck doing the same things, with no noticable improvement in the quality of your life, career, or relationships? Falling into a rut means you are following tried-and-true but well worn steps instead of taking a chance or exploring new areas. What is the primary reason we do this? Fear.   Most people make their decisions based on some level of fear. “If I try that, I might fail.”, or “If I do this, others will think poorly of me.” or the big one: “If I take a chance, I might end up living in a van down by the river.” Fear is the biggest factor that holds people back from trying new things and fulfilling their dreams. I better not chance it; it’s just too risky. Don’t get me wrong; we live in dire economic conditions right now. There are millions of people in this country out of work or under-employed, so there are real-world consequences to going off on a new path on a whim. The fear of losing something... read more

I would appreciate some feedback from the people in the trenches out there.  Please understand that I am not seeking a fight here.  I merely want the opinions of those that actually deal with such issues on a day to day basis.      I have heard it stated that mainstream education is educating the creativity out of students.  (i.e. free thinking is not encouraged)     Do you agree or disagree?  If so, why?   Do you encourage students to think freely  in your classes, even if it means that they express an opinion/belief that others may disagree with? How do you handle such situations?   What do you do to encourage free thought?     How do you create an environment where a student feels safe enough to voice an opinion that may differ from others?     Thank you for taking time to respond.              ...

"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, breathing artwork that is guided simultaneously by intuition, creativity and reason. I'm in a gallery surrounded by the curiosities and masterpieces of knowledge. Each piece has a story that narrates a small piece of the creators' lives.

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