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I wanted to take this opportunity to introduce myself and ask a few questions. I am new to the Austin area, but I have over 3 yrs of classroom teaching experience, 10 yrs of coaching experience and about 5 yrs of one one one or small group tutoring experience. I have responded to many ads for people needing services but no one has replied yet. Is there some kind of a secret I'm missing to try... read more

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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... read more

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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... read more

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It certainly helps a tutor and his/her students to have teaching certification. However, I think training programs in other career fields and prior tutoring experience can help tutors without such certification still be outstanding tutors. I happen to be a physician scientist with MD and PhD degrees and prior volunteer and paid tutoring experience who is successfully tutoring students in multiple... read more

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Hi everyone! I am waiting for my first customer I would love to be the one helping your loved one succeed and reach their full potential! I have great flexibility as I am transitioning into becoming a stay at home mom and working as a private ABA therapist and BCBA. I have a true passion for helping those with special needs and I love blending my two favorite fields---psychology and education... read more

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My wife has been reading a book lately, "Thinking in Pictures," by Temple Grandin. She picked up the book because she's become interested in special needs children, and needs a research project for her writing class. She also has a special interest in this book, and a rather unique point of view, but I'll get into that later. I just started reading it, and I find it fascinating for a... read more

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I was listening to the radio last night. Coming home from a tutoring session, I sometimes put on my XM Radio and listen to the news. I never have time to really sit down and watch the TV anymore. I was scanning the radio channels, and I don't even know which station or channel it was that I was listening to. But, the announcer was talking about how to get your child to listen to you -- to actually... read more

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Hi again, I thought I had secured students to tutor in Ormond Beach, Florida. I never did hear back after the initial contact. Maybe this blog post will clear things up a little. The first lesson is free of charge. Here is what to expect during the first lesson: I will meet the student and gather information from the student or the student's parent. I will need to know what textbooks the student... read more

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I have been driven to help students excel and succeeded for over 10 years now. I have a heart for every child to succeed. I tell parents all the time, Your child has a great potential. If he or she is not learning in the regular classroom it does not mean they have less of a potential but that the teacher is not using the right learning method to teach them. These are the students whom I have... read more

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Parents -- this blog post is for you! Encouragement and discipline are key to success. Be it a sport, an academic subject or even a musical instrument or other skill. Students thrive when they are encouraged to become more disciplined with their efforts. High achievers focus, practice and thrive on successes. Athletes feel great when they are at the top of their game. Superior chefs feel a... read more

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No matter how long I teach, I'm always taken by surprise when I tutor a student who simply says 'I need help'. Let's be clear about just what we need help with. If you need help with understanding what a teacher wants from you, that is very different from a need for help with comprehending a wordy sentence or paragraph. To be prepared to get the most from a tutor, always have a few questions about... read more

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On June 2, 1989, my life changed forever. A brand new world was brought to my attention. I moved into the main land of the United States. I am Puerto Rican, meaning natural born American, but was raised on the island of Puerto Rico. Don't get me wrong, I have always been more fourtunate than most people with my condition. You see, I have a condition called Spina Bifida. I guess it would make... read more

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This is a professional letter of recommendation for me, by the Director of Special Needs at North Central Charter Essential School. It is posted here, word-for-word, at the request of a potential student's parent. ---------------------------- March, 2010 To Whom It May Concern: This letter serves as a letter of professional reference for Mr. Elwood G. I have known Elwood, since... read more

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As fall weather sets in, and students go back to school far and wide, the thoughts of grades and completions of grades rarely comes up now. But for students who wish to improve their scores and grades over last year, long term thinking and planning is a must! Perhaps you should hire a tutor early on rather than wait until the student feels "in trouble" with their grades. Don't be... read more

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Can you feel it? The slightest chill in the evening air, the trees' greenery slowly fading, the non-stop BACK TO SCHOOL sales? Fall is coming and with it another go at improving your reading, writing, and speaking skills. I'm here getting ready to help students meet, and whenever possible, exceed their goals. Whether you want to jump-start your reading comprehension, beef up your essay writing... read more

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My name is Jean L. I am a dedicated teacher who will help your K-5th grade student. I can work with your child after school, weekends, days of no school, and holidays. I can work in your home, library, or my house. If needed I may even be able to work with your child at your place of employment if allowed. Please contact me to talk about your child's needs. I will have your child complete... read more

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Hi, I just wanted to share how I feel using a Response to Intervention practice has really helped me to help my students improve both their academic and behavior success progress. For those who are not familiar with RTI, it is the practice of 1) providing high quality instruction/intervention that is matched to individual student need; 2) using level of performance and learning rate every... read more

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As a special educator who has worked in the public schools and tutored privately, I've observed that all students learn best in an emotionally supportive environment. Most students with special needs have accumulated a long history of negative learning interactions over the years. They feel inferior to "better" students, they sense that teachers expect less of them, and above all, they... read more

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It's time for me to return to the classroom and I do so with great anticipation. It has been a great summer and I am really glad that I got an opportunity to work as a Wyzant tutor, something I plan to continue to do into the future. One of the many perks to being a school teacher is that when the kids are out on vacation so am I. Summer vacation is one of my favorite times of the year. It allows... read more

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