Roll Up Your Sleeves This Spring Break!

Roll Up Your Sleeves This Spring Break!

For many of us, Spring Break is right around the corner.  Who wants to place bets on how long it’ll take to hear the first, “I’m bored!” (Or is that a feeling this tech generation has never experienced?!)  I can’t help but suggest rolling up your sleeves and cooking with the kids.

Tutor Spotlight: Jennie T

Tutor Spotlight: Jennie T

Name: Jennie T

Educational Areas of Focus: English Language Arts and Humanities

Educational Background: As an undergraduate at the University of Michigan, I double-majored in English and Psychology. After earning my BA, I decided I wanted to be an educator. I earned my M.S.Ed. at Northwestern University with a concentration in Secondary English Education. 

Poverty in Our Backyard & What We Can Do to Help

Poverty in Our Backyard & What We Can Do to Help

How many of us couldn’t get through the day without the help of our friend, the Venti Pumpkin Spice Latte?  Few.  Jarringly, that “necessity,” when purchased on a daily basis, comes out to a whopping 18+% of the income of someone living in poverty in the U.S. today.  

Kids' Holiday Gift Guide 2016

Kids' Holiday Gift Guide 2016

Every year adults grapple with what types of holiday gifts to get for the children they love. If you're looking for ideas on gifts that will entertain and engage, while developing multiple intelligences, you're in luck! Below are some great suggestions for kids of all ages.

Tutor Spotlight: Patrick F

Tutor Spotlight: Patrick F

Name: Patrick Francia

Educational Areas of Focus: Math/Physics

Educational Background: BA - Math, minors in Physics and Secondary Ed.MS - Industrial Math/Physics

What is your teaching philosophy? Everyone is capable of learning if they find the motivation to do so. In math, a lot of students have a hard time finding that motivation, because they don't see how it will apply to their future. I strive to find ways to relate the material to their lives, or to something that they find interesting, even if they may not exactly use what they are learning directly in the field they are going into. 

Disabled vs. Alternately Abled

Disabled vs. Alternately Abled

As a special educator, the term disabled makes me cringe.  When you look up the word disability, you’ll find synonyms such as affliction and defect.  Granted, certain things don’t come as easily to my students as they do to other children, but they’re not suffering, and they certainly aren’t defective!  To the contrary, while my students access aspects of life in ways different than most others, they also have remarkable abilities that few possess. 

Beyond Books: There's More to Your Library Card

Beyond Books: There's More to Your Library Card

 Happy September!  We’ve just about made it through the summer, and cooler weather beckons a book and a lounge chair by the pool!  If you’re looking for a new great read, you’re in luck; it’s Library Card Sign-Up Month!  

How to Create Your Own Habits for Success

How to Create Your Own Habits for Success

 A new school year is upon us, and now’s the time to set the tone for a successful year.  As with anything, you need to be both mentally and physically prepared in order to make gains.  Mentally, you’ll be at a great advantage if you’re cognizant of your learning style.  You’ll also benefit from practicing a growth mindset.  Beyond that, developing an organizational system that works for you will be key.