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(STUDENTS: Remember to write new words in your vocabulary journal. Do not worry if you cannot find any. I said it is a simple song!) INTRODUCTION A CALL AND RESPONSE SONG is sung by two or more people. One SOLOIST sings the "call." It may be a question, but not always. Everyone else sings a "response" after the call. If the call is a question, the response will be the answer. In our Christmas song "Must Be Santa", singers sing only a few lines this way. ALL sing the other parts of the song. (For more fun, people can take turns being the SOLOIST!) The YouTube MITCH MILLER video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=42_vCV2_gf0 includes art that will help you understand some of these words. (You can sing along with it too!) A list of hard words and holiday terms appears after the LYRICS to the song. ------------------------------------- MUST BE SANTA (COMPOSERS: Hal Moore and Bill Hendricks) CALL: Who's got a beard that's long... read more

My emerging tutoring passion is assisting ESL college students with their coursework. Most of them must also hold full-time jobs to support themselves and often their families as well. Many require online courses to get college educations. They could not earn a college degree any other way. Do textbook publishing companies realize how much cultural bias is written into their online ancillary (supplemental) materials? Do teachers of online college courses realize how hopeless these students feel about merely passing a class when their grades depend on online multiple-choice exams consisting of 60 items to be completed in 60 minutes (60 in 60), for example? This may be a subtle form of cultural bias, but bias it is. Frankly, as a native speaker of American English with a master’s degree in journalism from University of Wisconsin—Madison, I’m not sure I could pass a 60 in 60 exam. I would like to challenge the instructors who teach these online courses and college administrators... read more

Elementary Education Tutor K thru Grade 8 Educator License Certification also in Language Arts thru Grade 12 Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education For the last two (2) years, my formal students earned "Star-status" as a result of high-achievement state (Mississippi) test scores! I provide tutoring in Reading Comprehension, skills in which have proven to help raise student state test scores. $65.00/hrly. fee via WyzAnt Other academic areas I tutor include: All Language Arts' subjects grades K-12 History (American and World) Grammar Vocabulary Test Preparation Writing Proofreading I also teach/tutor students having Down Syndrome (pre-school through second grade).

I’m not the only one that’s noticed that rather large and looming wall between most boys and early academic achievement. That wall is the following question: “Why?” Usually that question comes out a little differently. More likely than not it sounds something like: “Why do we have to do this crap anyway” to which we usually answer “Because I said so,” and subsequently follow that statement with a detention slip and a letter home about the boy’s behavioral issues. After all, the girls never ask questions like that. Gerry G., an inner city high school teacher and writer for the City Journal, writes one of his articles bout how boys are being short changed by the continued feminization of our classrooms. He cites some frightening statistics: “Only 65 percent [of boys] earned high school diplomas in the class of 2003, compared with 72 percent of girls, education researcher Jay Greene recently documented.” Some might attribute this to the popular theory that girls mature more quickly... read more

One of the best ways to improve your study skills in remembering the details of a historical event is to make up a silly or ridiculous visual in your mind. For example, if you are trying to remember that the American Civil War was fought between 1861 to 1865 and that the Confederacy's President was Jefferson Davis, while the Union's President was Abraham Lincoln, you can create a silly image in your head of Jefferson Davis riding a surfboard wearing a shirt with a "C" on it while racing Abraham Lincoln on another surfboard wearing a black top hat with an "U" on it. Picture Davis's surfboard having a cool graphic of the numbers "1861," while Lincoln's surfboard has "1865" printed on it. If you need to know more details for an essay question, you could add to the picture. You could have Davis holding a paper in his hand, which says "secession," and Lincoln could be holding a copy of "The Emancipation Proclamation" in his hand... read more

Ken B. in Houston, Texas - known as the "Best Little Tutor In Texas" has surpassed another WyzAnt tutoring milestone by going over the 600th tutoring hour for WyzAnt. All subjects in mathematics and science, high school or college, are done by Ken except biology and biochemistry. Ken has now worked with many many students to help them work on their own and be able to do well on homework, basic studies, tests, and special projects. So, if you are in need of someone in Houston and the surrounding areas who can do all levels of mathematics, plus chemistry, physics, computers, and computer programming, Ken is the one to contact.

Hi! As you can see my name is Elizabeth, most people call me Liz. I enjoy tutoring and my students enjoy my classes. I have worked in the classroom in private schools and public schools, tutored in tutoring centers, and tutored privately. My knowledge base is wide and includes all the subjects I have listed please many more. When I teach, my time is centered on making the information easy to understand and use. I always spend as much time as possible making sure that my students learn as much as they can as quickly as possible. I believe in many ways to teach as well as many ways to learn. I will find a way that works for the student best. I love teaching and would never dream of doing anything else. What can I do for you?

Prehistory is discovered through Archaeology and the study of Mythology. Recent work is proving that early people could navigate great distances and settle new lands. History is the written record of humanity. We learn how how the availability of resources like food, coal or plentiful rain can influence prosperity. We see that prosperity promotes the development of Trade, Art and Invention. We see how War decimates populations and can even bankrupt the victor. As we know, history is said to repeat itself. We gain conceptual knowledge of what works and what is over-reaching and often leads to failure as did Britain's effort to impose a tea tax on the American colonies. We can compare Constantine to Stalin or Galileo to Isaac Newton. History is so much more than a collection of dates and wars.

Some students learn by looking at the big picture FIRST and then finding out all the little details. Other students learn all the little details FIRST before understanding the big picture. Social studies courses are usually taught from the TEACHER'S learning style, NOT the students.' Consequently, many students who could easily grasp the subject matter, think the teacher is from another planet. And, you know something? They're right! If your teacher provides a series of facts and asks you to formulate a conclusion, what do you do with these facts? If your teacher asks you to find the facts and formulate a conclusion, where would you start? How much of your own personal knowledge do you bring to the classroom each day? Whether you bury your head in the details or seek out the basic elements of the subject matter and work your way through the details, getting the critical information (the information for your report, test, exam, project) is key to learning the subject... read more

There are two "tricks" I have found to make history much simpler to learn. The first is to realize that time is always in motion and to track the cause/effect relationships throughout time (see "Time is a Flow"). The second is to apply emotions to history, and by that I mean to put yourself in the shoes of those before you. For example, I am tutoring two students in American history, currently at the events leading up to and including the Declaration of Independence. So, put yourself in the colonists' shoes. WHY were the set of acts setup by Britain so awful? WHY did the colonists have no choice but to rebel? Well, if you pretend that you are a colonist, the answers start making sense: You are being ruled by a monarchy across an entire ocean. At this point, you were probably born in America, so you have never even been to Britain. Yet, this king decides all of the laws for you and places taxes on items you use everyday... for what? To send more troops... read more

"For a nation that proudly declared it would leave no child behind, America continues to do so at alarming rates." Wow- if that statement alone doesn’t make you scratch your head and get to thinking. Click the red “x” on my page now! I know that every parent isn’t able to pay for private education. If so, I would be out of a job. But in spite of all that, you can still help pull the c- kid up to an A+ plus student. Even that diggling low D kid can be helped to get it up on the books. Heah really! Kids are the future of our country -Do you trust your kids to run it? In my family, I’d say 3 of my 6 kids I would feel safe handling such a job. Check out these statistics: One kid drops out of high school every 26 seconds. (By the time you finish reading this non stop- that will be 3 dropouts.) These dropouts will be ineligible for certain jobs, less likely to vote, paid $.40/dollar & continue the cycle of poverty. That feeling from a parent's point of view is scary... read more

Oh no she didn't. Oh yes she did! Last night, I taught a student how to structure a paper on the impact of global trade routes using the structure of the movie Dirty Dancing as a guide for the paper. Some may say this was definitely an alternative teaching method, but it got the student excited and she understood the structure of the paper and what she needed to do. The assignment for the paper was to set up what global trade looked like around 1450, how global trade started happening and what were the results of global trade. I could tell this student was not super excited this paper, but I realized that this paper could be structured just like one of her favorite movies. Once we found a few movies we both love (Forrest Gump, Clueless (please don't judge) and Dirty Dancing), we decided which one had a similar structure to the assignment of the paper and went from there. Here's how the paper should be structured and the parallels to the movie: Set up --... read more

One of my pet peeves is how history is often taught. First off, history is about people and what happened, which is often rather exciting, not about dates. If you don't believe me that history can be exciting, just look at the #1 source for inspiration for video games (at least #1 when it comes to school subjects). Most strategy games are based on history and most others include history in their games (even if not our history *nods at Final Fantasy*). My other gripe though is that history is broken into sections. While I certainly admit the world has gone through major events and that sections can be helpful, so often I see history learned entirely as those sections. Time is a flow. History flows one event into the next. If we do not teach our students the cause-and-effect relationships throughout history, how are we supposed to learn from our past mistakes (and successes)? For example, I have a student who I am helping with history. He is studying world history from... read more

What do all these events in World History have in common? * Napoleon enters Russia, defeats the Russians at Smolensk, and enters Moscow. * Louisiana becomes a State * British P.M. Perceval is assassinated in the House of Commons * U.S. declares war on Britain * James Madison is elected President * Beethoven composes Symphonies No. 7 and No. 8. * Swiss explorer J. L. Burckhardt discovers the Great Temple of Abu Simbel. The answer in a moment. What has always interested me is how many seemingly disconnected events throughout history are in fact somehow connected. As we go back in History, we see this to be less obvious. Partly because we have a hard time relating to something that happened say in the year 1812, but mostly because communication back then was so primitive and inefficient that events could be happening at the same time around the world, but not be effected by each other's events. As time passes, and communication improves, we see this disconnect... read more

Students (including Lifelong Learners) tend to learn (and teach) the way that they were taught. And, repeating content information... * Lists * Formulas * Dates * Vocabulary Definitions * Quiz Items * Etc., Etc. in an endless, boring array Teachers are fond of calling repeat focus and instructional activities "reinforcement." But constant repeating of the material to be learned can be counter productive, and even negatively productive; i.e., the student learns less than they knew before. Focused attention upon the repeated information does seem to strengthen the bond to that learning. But, repletion, on its own does not work. The reason that more and more "Reps" of verbalizing or sub vocalizing content fails to provide increased content retention is that our brains are hard wired to quit paying attention to this sort of stimuli. The part of our brain that is responsible for this miracle of survival is called the "Reticular... read more

I'm sure we all remember school days in our past, subjects we loved, those we dreaded, and those that never made much of an impression on our youthful souls. Always a lover of literature, reading, and writing, for some reason throughout elementary and high school days, I loathed history. And then in college, I had an epiphany when I not only had professors that brought it alive and made it real, but inspired me to take a degree in the subject and actually be nominated into the honorary Phi Alpha Theta history fraternity for outstanding scholarship. In grad school, though, I majored in gifted counseling and education, my minor was once again, history. And now I tutor the subject, loving every minute. As we all gain experience and learn from it, I hope, so too do we find ways of incorporating that experience into our teaching and sharing with others. And here I am beginning a new venture with WyzAnt and starting amazingly, by tutoring a subject I truly love: of course, history.... read more

Tutors are special people, who take the time to share their expertise in a particular field of knowledge. A valuable tutor will work themselves 'out of work', by empowering their pupil to peruse their own knowledge. Inspiring and individual to find their strengths, and acknowledge their weaknesses in learning, will only propel that individual to success. The more we understand ourselves, the more desire knowledge of the world around us, the more confident we become. A tutor should encourage, be considerate, be tolerant, be patient, and mostly, be a listener. A tutor, who knows their student, is a tutor geared for success! Serving, Little Rock, Bryant, Benton, both Pulaski and Saline Counties! We want to encourage learning!

Sometimes, it is essential to provide students with additional perspectives, besides the tutor's. As I tutor more and more, I realize that even with the one-on-one benefits of tutoring, there is a need for interaction with other students. However, the problem is, there are no other students to provide this feedback when you are tutoring a student. I have found that creating relationships with other students is a remarkable enhancement to the tutoring experience. I have used Pen Pals to meet this need. There are a variety of websites that offer pen pals for different purposes. If I am tutoring a student in Social Studies, Geography or History, a Pen Pal is an amazing resource for FREE and REAL information about the study topics. This is usually an exciting concept that is well-received by the student because they thrive with interactions with others and they think it's amazing to connect with people like them all around the world! Using the right resources for this is essential,... read more

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