Please check out the article on Learning Pods. Ivie was pleasantly surprised to receive a call from the Easy Reader a couple of weeks ago and low and behold here is the article:)!
Corona virus has forced many districts to re-evaluate the amount of learning screen time using 1 to 1 computing programs. Middle and high school students can focus and work much longer unsupervised; however, elementary students more easily lose focus and attention.
Although students having laptops at a young age can boost their tech skills and possibly allow them to produce more creative work, experts worry that too much screen time may affect brain development. “Researchers from the National Institutes of Health recently offered a glimpse of the answer, based on preliminary data from the Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development study (Radcliff 2018). The MRI scans found significant differences in the brains of some children who reported using smartphones, tablets, and video games more than seven hours a day. Their brains had premature thinning of the cortex, the outermost layer of the brain that processes different types of information. Additionally, children who reported more than two hours a day of screen time got lower scores on thinking and language tests (Radcliff 2018).
At this point parents may not have much choice, but to have their children use laptops/ipads for hours for distance learning. Unfortunately, this will likely have negative consequences. In addition to brain development, students need socialization to thrive and mature. They also need breaks in which they can relate and interact with same age peers. Students may also feel frustrated when asked to complete classwork without much explicit instruction. Targeted lessons should take place before students are expected to complete the assignments and students should be provided with opportunities to ask questions and discuss. At the elementary age, we do not want to stifle curiosity.
Creating learning pods with a teacher/tutor is one solution to reducing screen time and providing students with additional instruction, question time, discussion time, socialization and breaks. Although this may not be ideal in every situation, it will more closely resemble normal classroom interaction that students are lacking during quarantine. Additionally, encouraging children to do other activities that do not involve screens, such as, board games, puzzles, riding their bikes, surfing, walking the dog, doing arts and crafts will help reduce screen time and keep children’s minds and bodies healthy.
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Thank you for your interest in Beach Cities Tutoring. Summer is a great time to take advantage of the most experienced and best tutors as they have more availability!
For Fall, We can definitely help you with one on one tutoring AND small groups, but you would have to find your own group members as we are swamped right now. I have pasted the costs below for the homework/schoolwork part but this does not involve creating additional curriculum so there may be a slight added cost for that. We can also do a combination of individual and group tutoring.
Why is Beach Cities Tutoring So Unique?
Because Beach Cities Tutoring was founded by a special education teacher and many of our tutors are current or former teachers, we have a strong passion for helping students as well as the formal education training and knowledge of curriculum and pedagogy. Also, our director wants to make sure you are completely satisfied with your tutor match so you will receive a follow up call after your first session. We guarantee your satisfaction. We also offer lots of flexibility, accommodate different learning styles and disabilities, as well as do not lock you into a certain amount of months or hours per week. Finally, our tutors/teachers are well screened and selected to make sure they have strong experience and familiarity with South Bay schools and expectations.
How to Sign Up?
- Gather your pod member and decide on the amount of hours and days per week
- Have all members complete their contracts and send together OR send separately with the title being one parent’s name . Ex Sally Smith’s pod so that we can keep the contracts together.
- Based on the hours and TIME RANGE (NOT SPECIFIC TIMES), and days you want we reach out to the tutors and see which are available.
- You will receive an email with available tutors’ bios and exact costs
- You will be prebilled for the upcoming month and receive a credit card receipt. The tutor will receive all your info and you can also call the tutor.
Communication with Classroom Teachers
We do recommend that you provide the tutor/teacher of your pod with the regular teacher’s email and our website so she can see what material is coming up.
Beach Cities Tutoring Reviews
There is no registration fee and the tutors come to your home (backyard, garage with open door and masks) or can do online if you prefer. We will call you after your first session to make sure you are happy. If for any reason you wanted to try another tutor you could. Hopefully, you had a chance to visit our Yelp as well. We have over 60 reviews, but do not pay for Yelp so if you go to the bottom where it says “Currently Not Recommend Reviews” you can see 50 more.
I would be happy to call you on the phone if you like to give you more info, learn more about your daughter/son and answer any questions you have. Our services are not the cheapest, but you are paying for the quality and flexibility. See our one of our recent blogs on private tutoring as an investment and savings. The cheaper option in the short run is often the more expensive one in the long run.
I hope that helps. Please feel free to forward this email. You also can earn $20-40 off one of your hours if you refer a friend that books at least one month separately from you. Also, to move forward I would need the contracts of each family in your pod. I am happy to speak with you on the phone about that. The contracts don’t lock you into a certain amount of months or sessions per week. You just can’t ever pay the tutor directly, talk to them about money or schedule additional sessions with them directly that are not through the company. Look forward to hearing from you.
Ivie Sherman, MA in Special Ed
Founder and Director of Beach Cities Tutoring
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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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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!
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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Just because you are an adult and not taking college classes does not mean you can’t learn new skills! Beach Cities Tutoring is offering discounted summer rates on tutoring for adults in the following areas: computer coding, screenwriting, essay writing, creative writing, piano lessons, Spanish tutoring, French tutoring, all levels of math tutoring, business finance, and Chemistry tutoring. We will customize the sessions to your interests and current skill level as well as work with your schedule to match you with the best tutor fit.
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We know that parents have limited safe options with COVID, and we have many summer programs including math previews, Book clubs, screenwriting, computer coding, writing workshops, test prep, Launchpad reading camp, Spanish tutoring and more. Our tutors and teachers are super qualified, and there is no registration fee or minimum amount of hours/months that you need to sign up for. We also have programs for students with special needs.
If you do need any support at all this summer or 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.
If want any more information, please feel free to reach out to Ivie at (310) 210-4415 or visit our website at http://www.beachcitiestutoring.com. 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. Hope you have a smooth week ahead! I have taught special ed for the last 17 years and am personally looking forward to getting back to regular school as well!
Ivie and the Beach Cities Tutoring Team
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Would you like to review the fundamental concepts of chemistry before the Fall semester? Let’s work through the following concepts to build a strong basic understanding of important chemistry concepts to aid you this upcoming year! Class taught by extremely popular tutor and Chemistry teacher, Vanessa. Vanessa was the most requested tutor last year and we were so sad to loose her when she moved to Washington state. Now through zoom, she has rejoined our staff and we are so happy to have her back!
Recommended worksheet booklet:
- Chemistry Workbook Grade 9-12 By, Carson Dellosa Education
- A composition book for student notes
|Chemistry Concepts covered: States of Matter Nomenclature* Stoichiometry* Chemical Reactions* Bonding Solutions* Gases Acids & Bases Thermochemistry*||Commonly challenging topics: Nomenclature Stoichiometry Chemical Reactions Thermochemistry Solutions|
Topics above are a general guideline, how much is covered is dependent on the student’s progress and understanding. The goal will be to cover all of the following topics.