Megan was born and raised in the South Bay. She is happy to now be assisting students in her hometown! In December of 2019, she graduated from Biola University with a degree in Liberal Studies: Elementary Education. She is able to tutor in all subjects, as she has a multiple subject degree. Through her schooling, she was able to have the opportunity to observe 1st through 4th grade classrooms, where she wrote and taught lessons in all subjects, tutored students one on one and in small groups, and learned from the master teachers. After graduation, she worked at two different elementary schools as a substitute teacher, where she got the opportunity to teach 1st-6th grade classes. Megan loves working with children and wants to teach them for the next few years while she finishes her credential. After that, her long term goals are to teach high school English. She loves students of all ages and has a passion to see them grow in their academic knowledge as well as their personhood.
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Although there are many negatives of distance learning, there are some positive effects to note as well. Although the rapid shift to distance learning was frustrating for many teachers at first, 87% of teachers reported in an EdWeek Research study that their ability to use educational technology has improved and they plan to use their newfound skills even when school reopens. Teachers have been pushed to innovate and create online resources such as youtube videos, cloze notes, online assignments, and other materials to teach students with and without disabilities outside of school. Although teacher’s opinions about technology are improving they are not quite as positive as administrators’ outlook. On another positive note though many students were given more access to technology and computers than before the pandemic. Greater access to 1 to 1 computing will make high quality teaching easier. Additionally, teachers have had to deal with a wide range of tech issues and as a result have become a lot more competent at troubleshooting tech problems. This skill will help them when they return to in person teaching as well. No one would argue though that teachers do need professional development and training on how to incorporate computers into instruction, but the pandemic may speed up the incorporation of technology into instruction for students across the board rather just in wealthier districts. We would love to hear your views on the impact of technology on your child or teen’s education within the last few months.
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I know you are wondering what exactly is digital literacy? Is it just what the term sounds like? “Digital literacy is the ability to use information and communication technologies to find, evaluate, create, and communicate information, requiring both cognitive and technical skills.” Digital literacy has three main components:
1) Finding and consuming digital content
2) Creating digital content
3) Communicating or sharing it.
The first component is pretty much the same as reading a print book. Besides the difference in turning a page on an e-reader, reading digital content is not much different than reading print. However, this type of reading is not interactive unless students are taught additional skills on how to annotate. Highlighting, taking notes, sharing content with added comments all are part of annotating which allow the student to be more engaged in reading. This is not only helpful for comprehension, but it is necessary to become an active learner who retains information and can apply it for later use. Another important aspect of digital literacy is learning to search for content in an online space. Students have to determine the most effective keywords to yield the best results as well as assess the reliability of content and websites.
The second component of digital literacy involves content creation.This includes writing in digital formats such as email, blogs, and Tweets, as well as creating other forms of media, such as videos and podcasts. Creating digital content requires creativity, collaboration and risk taking. Because the purpose of digital writing is to communicate with others, it is more often shared than printer writing. This enables students to actively share their views and participate in civil discourse.
Sharing content is the third component of digital literacy and related to creating content. Although It is amazing that children/teens can contribute to society more easily than in the past, with that privilege also comes an added responsibility. Sharing content can have consequences such as risks to students’ safety, privacy and reputation. Students need to be taught appropriate internet behavior. We, as teachers and parents, cannot assume they know these rules.
Whether we like digital literacy or not, it is here to stay and more likely possibly replace literacy of the past. With this realization, digital design, coding, and problem solving will be important skills for students to learn in the future if they will succeed in the future, global society and job market.
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Lea is currently working on her Ph. D in Educational Psychology ( specialization in Instruction & Curriculum). She ultimately seeks to teach graduate level Psychology, Abnormal Psychology, Research Methods, Instruction & Curriculum or Special Education courses to psychology majors or master level special education teachers, and small groups of students across the South Bay. Lea has 20 years of experience in teaching students with special needs ( i.e., ASD, ADD, ADHD, dyslexia) as well as general education students in all subjects K-12th grade. She not only teaches the subject matter, she also focuses on how the student learns so he/she will develop positive study habits and study skills. Additionally, Lea has a background and is certified in ABA (applied behavior analysis). Lea has compassion for her students’ differing learning styles and makes sure to engage them academically as well as socially.
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New research shows that standing desks have reduced classroom management issues and produced a calmer environment. In addition, students have more stamina for learning. Studies at Texas A & M suggest that standing desks help students’ ability to stay on task and pay attention by an extra 12 percent which equals 7 minutes extra of instruction time per hour. In addition, there are health benefits in relation to reducing childhood obesity and relieving stress on spinal structure. Even at low levels, physical activity may benefit cognition. If this helps some students, it can help the whole class because it can save the teacher and students’ time in regards to behavior issues. It also shows students that everyone learns in different ways and make accommodations for those who need to wiggle a bit more. Thumbs up for standing desks:)! It is something you can try at home as well.
If you are interested in reading more please see the links below!
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Recently, we have received a ton of tutoring calls and the first question many people ask is the cost or rates of tutoring, but really this should not be so important. In the long run the less expensive option is often more costly. Think about it, if you go with a tutor or tutoring company in which the teachers are not highly qualified, do not have the proper curriculum materials, do not challenge and motivate the students, then they will not succeed to their highest potential and you will end up having to pay for tutoring longer or more often to catch up with the time you lost from the poor quality tutoring.
Additionally, investing in a child’s education at a very early age will give them a leg up that can help establish good study habits, provide a strong foundation of academic skills in math/reading, and build a work ethnic that might be harder to develop later in their middle or high school years. Students who push themselves and earn the best grades will more likely earn scholarships that will save parents lots of money in the future.
I know this is a touchy subject, but it is an important one to address as some of my credentialed teachers have complained to me, “We are not valued. Education is not valued.” We will pay $100/hr for a personal training session and $80/hr for a plumber, but then we want to pay teachers $25/hr-$50. These are professionals that not only greatly impact our children’s lives and futures, but also typically have years of schooling and degrees. Does this make sense to you??? Just something to think about when you are considering the cost of tutoring. The cheapest or even cheaper options are often far from the best and in the long run will cost parents more money.
Leanna earned her B.A. degree in Child Development and Family Studies from CSU Long Beach. Since then, she has served children, and their families, as a Tutor, Teacher, and Director for the last 20 years. Her specialty lies in English/Language Arts and loves to assist children in learning early reading skills. She is currently enrolled in a Master’s program to become a Marriage and Family Therapist. Leanna looks forward to continue working with children, and families, while encouraging healthy development.
Nik has been teaching piano/music in Los Angeles for over ten years. With 25 years experience as a musician he enjoys passing on his knowledge of genres ranging from traditional Classical to Pop/Hip-Hop and R&B. He believes “whether a student is 5 or 95 they should all have a chance to enjoy the gift of becoming a musician”. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Music History from UCLA. Nik’s piano teaching style focuses on obtaining a high proficiency of fundamentals, learning to read music, basic music theory, ear training, and improvisation. He is also highly skilled in music composition/production and digital multitrack recording. He has produced songs for many local recording artists. When he’s not busy teaching and making music he enjoys relaxing trips to the beach, playing basketball, and working out at the gym.
In order to prevent the spread of the coronavirus schools must adapt to changing conditions. Social distancing will involve limiting class size in order to keep students 6 feet apart, closing communal spaces, and restricting non-essential visitors. This is the antithesis of how schools usually operate as well as the antithesis to their core values of socialization and collaboration. Although schools cannot 100% eliminate the possible spread of the coronavirus, they can work to reduce the risk as much as possible. These are the challenges and decisions that school leaders must make to make ensure students have a safe return to in-person schooling.
School officials must factor in not only the logistics but the cost. Schools will need to have deep cleaning on a regular basis which may require increasing janitors’ hours. Staff needs to have accessible hand sanitizer for all students in the classrooms, bathrooms, lunch rooms. Also, smaller class sizes may require teachers to work more hours increasing their pay. This could cost districts millions of extra dollars.
In addition to cost, school and district leaders need to consider the new school rules. Should students and staff be required to wear masks all day? Is this safe? Should schools screen for fevers before allowing students and staff to enter? How will high risk staff and students be protected? These are just some of the questions that districts need to consider in their reopening plans.
Schedules must be changed in order to ensure that 6 feet distance can be accommodated in busses, hallways, cafeterias and classrooms. What will this look like? Some schools are planning a hybrid approach that combines distance learning with in person learning. Some other options include, a multi-track system, a staggered school day, a “bubble” method that keeps students in the same groups, a cyclical lockdown strategy, and converting to a year-round schedule. Some of these options may be used simultaneously.
While this is not a simple challenge and may have numerous solutions, the US needs to compete as schools around the world are reopening and employing strategies from opening one day a week to requiring all students to wear masks. Rules and regulations may look very different from district to district which could also widen the education gap depending on where you live. To say the least, It will be an interesting return to school.
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You are not in this alone! We can totally sympathize with parents’ anxiety about this summer and possible Fall homeschooling. We know for parents who work full time, it has to be so difficult to then be teaching multiple children multiple subjects. Not only do you have to teach the content but also implement the structure that students need to focus. If you need any support at all this summer or this fall, Beach Cities Tutoring can provide credentialed teachers as well as very experienced tutors who are not credentialed teachers to do private in home tutoring or ONLINE. We also do group tutoring if you would want to hire one for a group of families. Additionally, we have many summer programs and workshops since many camps will be closed.
If want any more information, please feel free to reach out to us. We are locally owned and operated. We have been serving Manhattan Beach families for the last 7 years and are on Yelp and Google Reviews. We hope you have a smooth summer ahead!