As promised, The Tutoring Solution’s Blog will launch today, January 1, 2011. I’m excited to begin this new year and can’t wait to see what the year has in store for The Tutoring Solution.
The blogs will focus on a wide array of topics, including: Financial Tips, Motivational Tips, Test Taking Tips, Writing Tips, History Lesson Plans, Tips for Tutors, Tips for Parents, Tips for Teachers, Tips for Students, Current Events, Guest Blogs and Interviews.
With new material posted every day, I encourage you to check back frequently.
Follow us on twitter at TutorSolutions. Every time we add a new post, you will be sent a link, along with the title of the new post which allows you to pick and choose the topics that are of interest to you.
I can’t wait to share the knowledge I have to improve student’s lives. Thank you for becoming a member of The Tutoring Solution. Check back frequently for news and events.
An Interview with Eric Sheninger – Principal at New Milford High School
Eric Sheninger is the principal at New Milford High School and is extremely active in using social media to improve education for his students. I have been following his twitter account for sometime now and he has always posted meaningful and insightful posts used to improve education.
For that reason, I decided to interview Mr. Sheninger and due to his great responses, I have decided to break up his interview into several different blog posts. If you are interested in learning more about Mr. Sheninger or New Milford High School, check out his website, www.ericsheninger.com/
And stay tuned for more blog posts about Mr. Sheninger.
The Official SAT Question of the Day
Are you looking for more help in preparing for the SAT test. The College Board offers a slew of online resources that are designed to help in your preparation. One such resource is the SAT Question of the Day. Each day, the College Board posts a question designed to help in your preparation for the SAT’s. Here is the website: http://sat.collegeboard.com/practice/sat-question-of-the-day.
I recommend answering one question a day as early as Junior High School. The idea may not always to be to get the right answer, but to familiarize yourself with what types of questions will be on the test.
How to Win an Argument with Your Parents: Part #2
In How to Win an Argument with Your Parents: Part #1, http://thecatutoringsolution.com/66/how-to-win-an-argument-against-your-parents-part-1/, I wrote about writing an essay to your parents to better explain your side of the story. In Part #2, I have a more advanced technique to really get on your parents good side.
Instead of writing an essay to your parents explaining the reasons why you are not at fault, this time, try writing an essay pretending to be your parents.
The reason why parents often get upset is due to fears that they have about you and your well-being. By putting yourself in your parents shoes, you can get a better understanding of why they are upset with you.
Try writing to your parents, pretending that you are them and write an essay like the one mentioned in How to Win an Argument with Your Parents: Part #1, http://thecatutoringsolution.com/66/how-to-win-an-argument-against-your-parents-part-1/, only this time, write it from your parents perspective. Be sure to include an introduction and provide three reasons why your parents might be upset with you.
By writing this essay, you can get into the mindset of your parents, and maybe you will have a better understanding of what their fears are and you will be able to communicate your ideas with them better. Plus, when you give them this essay, it will show them that you have put a lot of thought into the situation and they will be relieved that you have thought about their feelings in the process.
Duolog Math – Ask Your Tutor to Use This Process and Improve Your Child’s Mathematical Ability
Duolog Math is similar to the Duolog Reading post that I added earlier, http://thecatutoringsolution.com/234/duolog-reading-ask-your-tutor-to-use-this-process-and-improve-your-childs-reading-ability/, only it deals with Math. The process has been proven to be succesful and I use the theory described when dealing with improving my students mathematical abilities.
This process is broken down into several steps:
- Step 1 – Listen – Give the student time to explain what they think that their difficulty is. Do not interrupt. Let them fully explain the problems they are having with the material.
- Step 2 – Read – If the problem is a word problem, be sure to read the problem together and check for understanding.
- Step 3 – Question – Ask questions that help to guide student thinking. Here are some examples: What kind of problem is it? What are we trying to discover? Can you restate the problem in another way? Can you break it down into steps? How did you get your answer? Does that make sense? Where was the last place that you knew you were right? What kind of mistakes do you think you might have made? Do not say, “You are wrong.” Try to avoid yes or no questions and give students time to fully construct their responses.
- Step #4 – Pause – Encourage students to think out loud and encourage them to do it all the time. That way it is easy to find out where they are going wrong and allows the tutor time to think of questions that will encourage self-correction.
- Step #5 – Make it Real – When the opportunity presents itself, use real world situations that the student may find themselves in in the future or have experienced in the past. By using real-life scenarios students are more likely to understand it’s importance and have a better idea of how to go about solving the problem.
- Step #6 – Check – Always check to see that the answers are correct, when answers are incorrect, encourage students to retry the problem and use guiding questions to see if they can self correct the problems they encountered.
- Step #7 – Praise – Give praise and encouragement whenever you get the chance. Even for small successes as it will help students from feeling frustrated.
- Step #8 – Summarize – At the end of each session, have the student summarize what they have learned. Point out where the student did well and where the student still needs improvement.
Duolog math works extremely well and I have personally witnessed it’s success in student achievement. One student had failed all previous math courses and when this program was implemented he received a B in Algebra 1A, which he had previously failed and a B in Algebra 1B, which he had previously received a D.
*All information about the Duolog writing process comes from Tutoring. Educational Practices Series — 5 by Keith Topping
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Happy New Years everyone, let’s make 2011 a year to remember.