Janell is excited to be part of the Beach Cities Tutoring team! She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Social Behavior with a minor in Education from UC, Irvine. After receiving her BA, she earned her Combined Masters and Multiple Subject Teaching Credential Program from Cal State, Fullerton. Janell has 9 years of prior experience working with diverse groups of children as a recreational leader, tutor, instructional aide for special need students, preschool teacher, and elementary school teacher. She feels very blessed to have the opportunity to tutor students again. Janell was curriculum chair of the English Language Arts Department and has taught junior high (6th-8th grade) and fourth grade. She received training in Eureka Math, Collaborative Literacy, Onward Readers, Restorative Justice practices, and Tribes. She wants use her unique skill set to challenge students’ critical thinking process as well as their academic skills. It is important to Janell to provide her students with the encouragement and support they need not only to succeed in school, but in their life as well.
Rebecca has 10 years of experience teaching kindergarten, first grade, and Pre-K in Los Angeles and San Francisco. She has a BA in Psychology from Pomona College and a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential and M. Ed. from UCLA. In addition to being a classroom teacher, she has tutored students in language arts, math, and social studies in grades first through sixth. She also has experience working with children with learning disabilities, ADHD, and autism. She is passionate about helping young children learn to read and write and works to make learning joyful and fun. After teaching in San Francisco for the past 6 years, she is excited to have returned to the area and work with new students!
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.
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Private tutors not only help students academically, they also serve as a consistent mentor who can support students to stay focused and on task. Does your child have trouble sitting down, being attentive, and getting work done? There is only so much zoom a child/teen can handle. It is not a replacement for human interaction. Tutoring can also help provide some structure to a student’s school day. Private tutors can teach important study skills such as keeping a homework planner or online calendar. They can help with binder or google drive organization and turning in assignments. They can also help with goal setting and time management. These are important skills not only for school but for life.
Additionally, tutors can also help to motivate and energize students. If they build the right connection they can make learning fun and even make the child look forward to their tutoring sessions. Finally, tutors can reach out to children’s teachers and work as a team. Many parents are trying to work full time jobs while also being the homeschool teacher, nurse, and counselor. Private tutoring can ease the burden and allow for the family to have more fun learning time together that can include taking virtual field trips, reading, or going on a nature walk.
Many parents often think of tutoring only for students who are struggling. Private tutoring can help students who need extra support in remediation and academic core content, but it can also help students who need more challenging work. Do you find your child is done with all their homework by 1pm and playing video games the rest of the day? Depending on the school and your child’s pace of learning, many students can benefit from supplemental instruction that goes beyond the grade level curriculum. This enrichment could be in the form of creative passion projects, science labs, computer science coding classes, higher level math problem solving, essay or screenwriting classes, or even financial literacy content. For students who are struggling, tutors can revisit and reteach content, provide additional practice review problems, help students study for tests, and guide them through school packets.
For parents that do have reservations about in person tutoring, online tutoring through zoom offers a great alternative where the student and tutor can see each other through a screen while simultaneously using screen sharing and annotating tools to make the sessions very interactive. Some students even enjoy this more and it is definitely the safest method for now.
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Many of you have heard of the summer slide, but the Covid slide has dramatically magnified this learning loss. According to NPR, “Preliminary estimates suggest impacts may be larger in math than in reading and that students may return in fall 2020 with less than 50% of typical learning gains and, in some grades, nearly a full year behind what NWEA would expect in this subject in normal conditions.” Reading losses were estimated to be 70% of typical learning gains.
As a parent you can take action to reduce these losses by supplementing instruction with private tutoring, providing interesting reading material and requiring students to read daily, and incorporating math into daily life such as cooking or building projects. We know in reality many parents are working full time and have children at multiple grade levels to help. Additionally, children are suffering socially. Signing up for zoom summer classes or other activities online that provide social interaction will be important to support mental health.
To make sure students have a strong foundation for next year and to prevent the summer slide in addition to tutoring, we recommend the following educational websites for extracurriular activities.
Virtual field trips: https://www.travelandleisure.com/attractions/museums-galleries/museums-with-virtual-tours?utm_source=facebook.com&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=social-share-article&utm_content=20200313
In addition to the stress and responsibility parents likely feel due to the added burden of acting as teacher in addition to possibly working a full time job, students also are likely to feel confused and stressed. The following suggestions can help create a smooth transition to the homeschool environment.
- A structured routine is very important in order to help students complete their assignments. They definitely need structured break times where they can get up and move around and engage in leisure activities. It is important to set boundaries between the school and work environment from the beginning so that students don’t experience even more confusion.
- Writing out a schedule and setting goals for the day can also help students stay more focused and feel a sense of accomplishment once the day is completed
- If you have multiple children in different grade levels it is important to give each child their own study space and encourage them to interact during the breaks. This can limit distractions and arguments between siblings.
- As homeschooling can be boring and isolating for students, it is helpful to try to make their work fun by incorporating games such as creating a jeopardy game with questions relating to each student’s level of learning or a scavenger hunt relating to subjects that students are studying in school.
Hopefully, these suggestions will help students adjust to the new normal and stay engaged as much as possible. Parent support is crucial during the time but private or online tutoring can also help ensure that you are not alone.
While focusing at home can be challenging, there are many things that parents can do to create a positive learning environment even with the Corona Virus. First, it is important to create a quiet, dedicated workplace away from distractions. The workspace should have materials such as textbooks, notebooks, pens, pencils, highlighters, worksheets, and laptop/ipad that students can access for online learning. It is important to consider the lighting as well as making sure the area is clean and neat so students can focus. Creating a structured time schedule and checklist can help students stay on track and feel productive. The schedule should include structured breaks to recharge and include movement. Some students may benefit from having classical music or other soft instrumental music.
Especially for younger students, the learning space should not contain toys, games and other items that could distract students.. Providing a comfortable area for students for students to read should also be created as reading will improve students writing and spelling as well as strengthen their imagination. Having plenty of books in addition to online resources is important.
It is important to maintain a regular schedule during even temporary homeschooling so that students can be most productive and get back into the regular routine of school once the virus settles down. Holding students accountable may be challenging but it will be important so that they will be prepared for the next grade.
Beach Cities Tutoring is now offering discounted online (skype/facetime) tutoring. The spring semester is often the most difficult for the majority of students and with AP tests coming up as well as College Board Tests, Beach Cities Tutoring is offering online sessions in addition to in person one on one tutoring. Please inquire for more information. Online tutoring sessions are still tailored to the individual student. Tutors will still focus on answering specific questions, tackling study skills, helping with essay writing, breaking down ways to solve problems, and most importantly making studying and homework as fun as it can be.