Anissa: To answer the question about how your tutoring has helped, we meet with you once a week on Tuesday nights via the web. Kate really looks forward to those times. She very much admires Miss Stena. She says that Stena is one of most nicest people that she (Kate) has ever met. She feels very accepted by Miss Stena. Miss Stena realized that in Kate's that she needs time to answer questions. A lot of times in school, teachers immediately ask for the answers from the kids. And it takes Kate a moment for her to come up with those files in her brain with a response.
Anissa: When she (Kate) is given the time, she is able to come up with those answers. We have found with Kate, a lot of repetition is key and common core curriculum doesn't always afford repetition. This time with Stena, working on the 6th grade, as well as going back and filling those foundational elements that Kate is missing or needs practice on has really helped. Miss Stena has also offered a lot of free resources for Kate that she is able to go in and watch videos and reinforce and just practice.
Me: How are those free resources working out?
Anissa: When we can fit them in, they work great. Sometimes after school is so busy that it doesn't fit in before it is time for bed.
Me: It (resources) are for "at your own leisure time to use when you can or when you need to. She could also access these resources during study hall or free time if there is I Pad or computer available for her to work on.
Anissa: I listen to a lot of podcasts on the road. I am currently listening to a podcast about some prisoners. The prison is really much into rehabilitation. They are using Khan Academy that allows for the prisoners to learn the skills necessary to be successful.
Me: It is a nice free resource to use. Khan Academy works with the ADAM-7 by connecting the skills you need to work on from the test to the videos explaining how to solve each problem. Sal Khan, the creator of Khan Academy believes in the rule of 10. So if you can get 10 problems in a row correct than you have mastered the skill and are able to move on to the next level of skills.
Before the Core Standards came we were required to complete 60 math problems, but Sal says this is a waste of time. Instead 10 problems in a row correct are all we need to show proficiency.
Anissa: Kate was working with Khan Academy for two hours trying to get a concept, but she was struggling to get 10 in a row. She called me at the grocery store and wanted to stop with that skill.
Me: When I put a video on Edmodo describing in detail on how to complete a skill, Kate can review as much as she needs until we meet again. At that time she can ask questions face to face or on Edmodo. I can reinforce or reteach as needed.
Me: Is there anything else that you would like future clients or the public to know about me?
Anissa: I think bringing Miss Stena on as a tutor really opened up a great deal of confidence for Katherine. By taking the time and going over and finding some success in some of this work that Stena has gone over. She (Kate) thinks she can do this in school.
Before in school, Kate couldn't get as much individualized instruction as she can with Stena. Stena has specified just where Kate needs the most help and focuses on that. Kate is a kinesthetic learner and Stena encourages Kate to use note cards describing in detail each skill. These note cards can be used in class at school.
Kate's grades have gone up dramatically, grade levels in fact. She is very engaged in class. She has been taken off of her 504 plan. She is no longer fidgety
If you pay monthly, the price decreases by 50%. Which is great to meet online. Online feels just like in person tutoring.
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