What will in-person tutoring* or online learning look like?
* Please not that in-person tutoring will be considered for families that are following science-based covid 19 protocols.
Reading instruction varies based on many factors. Children learn to read at different ages and some require specialized instruction such as phonics or whole-language approaches while others may decode words correctly but struggle with reading comprehension. My reading instruction strategies involve strategies for sounding out words, high frequency word recognition, assistance with fluency and expression, vocabulary techniques including instruction of phrases and slang. When teaching online, I use a combination of online reading websites and real books with a document camera. In person, I bring the books and resources needed.
Writing stories, describing an event or setting, creating art through poetry, crafting a report based on in-depth research, and sharing one’s experiences are distinct and important forms of writing. The most important goal is to inspire students to write with passion and this is my main focus when I am teaching writing. Students who experience joy when writing a poem or pride after presenting a well-researched topic that is important to them will achieve much more than those students forced to write a boring description what they did on their summer holidays (especially during a pandemic).
Math should be fun, not painful. Regardless of the level of math I teach, I try to make it fun and interesting. Many say it is impossible, but I use strategy games, hands-on activities, logic problems, MENSA challenges, cultural folk tales that are math problems and many other methods. When a topic is difficult to gamify or create fun challenges such as memorizing the times tables or algebra, I employ humour and break up the activities with a change in task.
Like other subjects, I believe in taking a hands-on approach to Social Studies. We all live in communities that interact and cooperate with other communities. Whether a student is studying online or learning in-person, project-based learning offers the best way to learn the topic of social studies. A student might be building an igloo out of styrofoam, visiting a local business, creating a 3D map of their community, or preparing to speak to city officials to help bring about change.
The world runs on code. Nearly all of the devices we work with and certainly more of our devices in the future will run on computer code. To students who have never learned to write a computer program, computers, cell phones and even smart fridges probably seem to work by magic. It is far better to learn computational thinking and understand some of the code that underlies the world we live in. I use Scratch and Code.org to teach coding to students from six years of age and up. Scratch Junior can be used to teach non-readers the basics of coding (Scratch Jr. requires a tablet).
Wait List Form
Due to high demand right now, I am unable to accept new students. Please fill out this form and submit it if you are interested in being on a wait list for future instruction. Click on the button (link) below to access the wait list form.