Make Student Practice Deliberate and Worth the Effort
Ask any all-star athlete, world-class musician, or expert craftsman about how they rose to the top of their field. One word will always appear – practice. It takes repetition and sustained engagement to yield growth.
However, today’s educators face a climate where, in many cases, homework has become a dirty word. Teachers assign assignments to be completed outside of class that return …
Hero Ball – The Creation of a Classroom Favorite
Whether as a tutor or a classroom teacher, one of the most unique and rewarding aspects of being an educator is the opportunity to come up with creative ways to engage students. In doing so, we routinely draw upon influences like our own school experiences, our personal passions, and collaborative efforts with our peers.
In my early years as a …
Infusing Kinesthetic Experiences in the Age of Digital Learning
Technology is becoming increasingly present in students’ learning experiences. It is common these days to enter a classroom and see students with iPads or Chromebooks in place of binders, and teachers operating interactive whiteboards where chalkboards used to be. Similarly, more and more tutors are using online platforms to reach clients far beyond their neighborhoods and provide data-driven, interactive services.
Making Math Fun in the Classroom
By Mike Ritchie
To make learning math fun, the public-school system in the Washington DC suburb of Arlington, Virginia, holds an amazing event in May. Each year for the past 14 years, 23 schools have sent a team of students to a math competition, which includes trophies and School Spirit Awards! The district has found that these …
Learning ASL with Different Learning Styles
by RaVen Sequoia
Most of us, by now, have discovered we have different learning styles when mastering a subject.
There is now a newer Learning Style approach called “Multiple Intelligences”. Most traditional teaching methods that is used (and still being used) is mainly linguistic and logical teaching.
Learning Style simply means there are different techniques where a …
A lot goes into the process of helping someone learn. Strong educators and an attuned curriculum are obviously crucial. Differentiated instruction and purposeful assessments promote student buy in and a felt need for learning. However, none of these factors will lead students toward their optimal growth without accountability.
It makes sense. The best teaching and teaching materials won’t make a difference if a student isn’t compelled to engage …
How Your Local Library Can Make You a Better Tutor
Walk into a library on any given afternoon and you are likely to find at least one tutor hard at work with a student. Good tutors are no strangers to the library. However, great tutors know the library is more than just a venue for study sessions.
Unlock all that your local library has to offer by following these simple …
The Power of Building Parent Relationships
Behind every young child who believes in himself is a parent who believed first –Matthew Jacobson
I keep this quote at the heart of my classroom. Each day when the first bell rings and my students skip down the hallway into my classroom, I am reminded that their parents are always their first champions. It is this thought that keeps me knowing that every …
When summer vacation hits and students leave their classrooms behind, too often they leave learning behind as well. The result is a “summer slide” that leaves students playing catch-up when they return to school in the fall.
So the problem is, how can we as tutors, educators, and parents help prevent this “summer slide”? One thing is for sure, if we are …
3 Steps to Encourage Student Mindfulness
As educators, one of our most important roles is helping our students acquire knowledge and giving them authentic opportunities to apply it. Typically, these efforts are focused on curriculum and standards-based skills.