Sunday, July 20, 2014

Welcome to my tutoring blog!

Thanks for visiting my tutoring blog! I have been a tutor for about six years, and am very passionate about helping kids succeed. I believe that in order for kids to be successful, they must first learn to believe in themselves. Tutoring offers a unique experience for kids to learn at their own pace, with a person who will listen to them and try to understand where they are struggling. I have seen too many tutors who insist on completing one worksheet after another, then complain that students are not paying attention or can not focus during the session. One easy way to combat that problem is to give them hands-on activities where they can truly engage with the new material that they are learning! I hope that this blog will give you some insight into ways that you can revamp the work that you do with children to create a more lasting impact.

Why did I become a tutor?
I began tutoring during my second year of college as a way to earn a little extra dough to pay for things that college kids like (ahem- Ramen Noodles, Starbucks, clothes...). I also thought it would be a great way to boost my resume. I got my Dual Bachelor degree in Elementary Education and Special Education- General Curriculum. It didn't take me long to discover my passion for working with the students who were struggling academically, and the ones that had the tendency to get on most other teacher's nerves- the ones that REALLY required patience, persistence, and compassion. Once I was able to spend a bit longer with these students and truly get to know who they were and what mattered to them, I was able to really help them understand school. However, I also learned that as a teacher, it is very difficult to take the time with each student to discuss important issues at home and with friends, and the focus ALWAYS had to be on academics, and on the BIG TEST coming up. It was this realization that led to pursue my Master's Degree in School Counseling.

Now, as a person with a School Counseling, a Special Education, and an Elementary Education teaching licenses, I feel that I am truly gaining the skills that I need to better help my students. When one of my students is dealing with bullies at school, for example, we may do some reading activities about a character who stood up to a bully.

Are you a tutor? I'd love to hear from you! Let me know what you think and any ideas that you use with your students! Connect with me on Pinterest and Teachers Pay Teachers!

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