This post is inspired by an article I read, “Be Less Helpful” by Joshua Zucker (can be found at this link: http://www.mathteacherscircle.org/assets/legacy/newsletter/MTCircularAutumn2012.pdf) and I am here to relate it to my teaching and tutoring experiences.
When working with students, it can be easy to watch struggling students and thoughtlessly just give them the answers. Why do we do this? Well, for a variety of reasons. Maybe we empathize with the struggling student and want to alleviate their pain. Perhaps we are impatient and have already solved the problem mentally several times over. Maybe we think the question is asking too much of the students. Perhaps we’re worried that they are taking too much time and should move on to the next problem. Maybe they have made three incorrect guesses and we feel it’s time to just give it to them. Perhaps we are really enthusiastic about teaching and are overly anxious to show them how to do it. (Remember, depending on the subject...
Hey everyone, I'm Joel! I'm just crazy about language and have spent the last ten years learning dialects from the clicking Xhosa to the gaffable Yiddish. I'm excited to help you out with your writing because its is something I have been passionate about for a long time. But, at the end of the day this is something new for me and I'm looking forward to getting to know you as we begin this adventure if creativity, clarity and self-expression. Tally-ho!
Becoming a tutor is a very rewarding experience. If you are interested in beginning a new journey as a person aspiring to touch the lives of students you should practice the following effective techniques.
1-Although you may be extremely knowledgeable and/or passionate about one or two subjects try to become well versed with a few additional subjects; chances are when you are offered a tutoring job for one subject your student will ask for help with other subjects they may struggle with in the near future.
2-When working with a student be careful not to use negative comments. For example, if a student gets a word problem wrong do not directly correct them by saying "you are wrong." Try putting a spin on words of encouragement such as "You are on the right track. Let me show you how to figure out the answer." Negative comments will only further discourage a student who is probably already internally suffering from failure...
I am a certified retired elementary teacher who has taught 1st -8th grade. I specialize in helping struggling reading students. Before I start my first session I always give a pretest to help me diagnose and prescribe the appropriate programs which address the weaknesses of each student. I try to work very close with the student's teacher, so that I can help prepare them for the state mandated tests. I try to make learning a fun activity which will keep the student engaged and focus at the same time. I truly enjoy the individualized instruction which enhances the student desire to achieve success. I have always love teaching and will continue to do so.