Lessons From The Classroom: My First Mentor As A Teacher

Lessons From The Classroom: My First Mentor As A Teacher

When I was a teacher in a classroom I was given a mentor. An older teacher, who’d been around the block a few decades and was there to give me the support I needed as a new teacher.

Or so I thought.

A little back story is needed here.

I did not plan to teach, never went to school to be a teacher nor did I have a degree in teaching.

What Skills Make the Best Tutor?

What Skills Make the Best Tutor?

Recently, I sent out a Scoop email about my mentor and his favorite question - Who Are You Being?

Well, this question resonates in everything I… you… do.

Who we are being determines our doing.

See, if you don’t feel like someone who can be an awesome tutor, you can’t do the job of tutoring.

It will feel fake.

And that’s normal.

If you don’t believe you can tutor, then chances are it won’t come easily to you.

Dear Clever Sally - Sarcastic Math Teacher

Dear Clever Sally - Sarcastic Math Teacher

Dear Education Lady,

My math teacher keeps making sarcastic comments towards me. How should I deal with this?

She asked everyone if they understood then singled me out and said “Sally, do you get it? Because you’re so clever.”

Dear Clever Sally,

It’s funny how sometimes adults can be more childish than children, right? First, you’re doing the right thing in asking and hopefully, not reacting. You may have heard the saying “Fuel fuels the fire.”

Finally, An APP That Gets Me: My Love Affair With Trello

Finally, An APP That Gets Me: My Love Affair With Trello

In chasing the latest and greatest, I was constantly learning something instead of implementing what I learned.

And that was a hard lesson to learn (for me).

It took me a while. And some aging. Like a fine wine, we get better as we age… as long as we’re cared for properly!

But in jumping from phone to phone and platform to platform and shiny new tool to… yep, you got it, I got lost in the mastering of any.

So, thankfully, I put an end to my crazy… well, at least that side of my crazy and said no more.

I’m also no longer into the shiny, new object and that’s why I’m sticking with the APP that just gets me...really really gets me.

Why Teaching Kids How To Make Quick Decisions is Important to their Happiness and not Just Their Future Success

Why Teaching Kids How To Make Quick Decisions is Important to their Happiness and not Just Their Future Success

I just made a quick decision.

Throw your hands up in the air, wave ‘em like you just don’t care.

Yes, I’m celebrating. Why? I never learned how to make quick decisions. Instead, I’m a natural analyzer and a worrier.

Oops, I want to rewrite that. I was a natural analyzer and a natural worrier. I am turning over a new leaf and words have power. So let me use my words here with the utmost care…

7 Simple Tips for Healthy Learning (and Living!)

7 Simple Tips for Healthy Learning (and Living!)

If you suffer from brain fog, I get it. It’s not fun.

If your child does, well, yikes. Our kids should not be suffering like this.

And bottom line, if we take a bit of time, we can make this right.

As someone who has studied health and wellness (for fun and for necessity), became a certified health coach (just because) and written books with some top naturopathic doctors (well, why not!), you could say I have a bit of an arsenal of knowledge on the subject matter…

A Life Lesson That Shaped My Tutoring

A Life Lesson That Shaped My Tutoring

I was never going to be a lifer.

A lifer is a teacher who stays in the system till retirement in 30-35 years.

Yikes.

I guess a career like that, with benefits and paid holidays and tenure, felt more like a life-sentence to me than something I’d enjoy.

And when something is a life-sentence, how can you really keep doing it?

I couldn’t…

What To Say to a Parent Who Calls About Your Tutoring Services

What To Say to a Parent Who Calls About Your Tutoring Services

So, you’re building up a tutoring business.

Congratulations!

You’ve gotten the courage to start sharing with people that this is what you do. And you’re excited.

Sweet!

Maybe you listened to my free 3-Part Audio Class on How To Start a Successful & Profitable Tutoring Business and put some of those tools to use.

Billy's Story: Food, Mood & Learning

Billy's Story: Food, Mood & Learning

I once had a tutoring student, he was in sixth grade and man, sluggish didn’t begin to describe him. Let’s call him Billy.

Billy made it about 15 minutes into the one-on-one tutoring session, diving into his reading and writing skills, and to say it wasn’t going well would be an understatement.

He was all but underwater - mentally.
His response time was ridiculously slow.
His energy was non-existent.

His ability to think, reason and even function was, well, hindered would be a nice way to put it.
Billy was lagging and I was struggling to figure out why.

Why I Say Please & Thank You...To Alexa & Siri

Why I Say Please & Thank You...To Alexa & Siri

So, we are in a new era. An era where artificial intelligence is just beginning to make a daily impact on our lives.

Our children have grown up knowing this was possible while my generation watched movies like Terminator and thought it possible but weeellllll…

It was still a bit sci-fi.

Fun, but not in the realm of true reality for most.

Let’s call it futuristic.