I just got an email from Bramble inviting me to a webinar about how to use their services. The webinar’s host apparently has a thousand hours of tutoring through Bramble. So I looked at mine. I have 1091.27 hours of tutoring through Bramble. This doesn’t include through my own server’s whiteboard or Microsoft Whiteboard. I think I’ll skip the seminar.
ESL, education, tutoring
ESL (English as a Second Language), Lethbridge College, EDDT (Engineering Design and Drafting Technologies), going to school, learning, teaching, and everything else is covered here.
origins (or, etymology)
Last night I ran into a funny website. Rather, it’s a website showing the origins of funny compound words.
The Origins of 12 Silly-Sounding Compound Words
I discuss with one of my students the etymology of various word spellings and, thus, the cultures and languages from which they came. I think this may be interesting for him.
online learning – comic … and not so comic
I find various articles on my home page when I first start up Firefox. I found this one this morning. In comic form, it almost seems comedic.
Tutor of the Year nomination
Wow! Good news! I’ve been nominated by TD for 2020 Tutor of the Year for Canada! A student’s mom wrote a very positive report on me, and now I am in the running to win this year. This is most pleasing. It comes with a gift card of $xxx.xx and … who knows what else – likely a news release of some sort (in the tutoring world, that is). I’m grateful to TD for all their support, and I’m grateful to have such great students. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again – my students make me look good!
ain’t got no good grammar
Okay, I get a little excited when people use bad grammar – or diction, vocabulary, idioms, etc. I saw this article header on my Firefox web browser. Okay, I get a little excited when someone gets it right!
43 Embarrassing Grammar Mistakes Even Smart People Make
Oh yah. That’s what it’s all about, people.
about teaching kids
I found this article while surfing the web today. It’s about how kids learn and the resulting issues that pop up.
Want to Raise Successful Boys? Science Says Do This (but Their Schools Probably Won’t)
M, one of my students, made his first goal for his team a few days ago. He plays lacrosse. I see him in the front yard tossing the ball back and forth with his mom sometimes. “Good work, sir!”
auto stop & start students
The same day I posted my last entry on M & F (students, not Mom & Fl0yd), F quit. He’s gone with another tutor. His schedule has changed, and I can only tutor after 5:30pm, so F is no more.
At the same time, another student started. Students come, students go. This time, however, the student isn’t in Coaldale like F was; he’s in Lethbridge. Good for me. I don’t spend $5 in fuel driving to and returning from a student’s house to make $17 / hour.
a good measure
My students have been improving considerably. Two in particular, M & F (no, not Mom & Floyd, but another M & another F!), have caught the I-want-to-learn bug.
M has improved his mathematics skills considerably (among other skills). It’s not easy to do ‘mental math’ without guidance and practise. We’re using the practices of 1) using fingers to count, 2) memorization (as in the multiplication table), 3) writing out problems long-hand, and 4) using a calculator for complex calculations or to check one’s work. Because M is in a Montessori program (and, no, it isn’t just for playschool, preschool, and kindergarten – it’s valid all throughout elementary school and beyond), it involves practical life (understanding everyday activities), sensorial (tactility, sound, vision, etc.), academic (mathematics, language arts, histories, the sciences), and societal (creativity, games, group work, social activity). It’s not just reading, writing, and ‘rithmatic anymore, folks. So, part of yesterday’s homework is fractions and their uses. What’s the good in knowing fractions unless you can use them? He’s a creative fellow, so he could go on to use this skill in everyday life.
No, he’s not helping me build the trailer. He’s reading the tape measure in the pictures.
F has improved his reading skills. It started with not knowing the phonics of letters and combinations of letters of the alphabet, having difficulty writing letters in patterns, and knowing sight words. Now he’s sounding out words he doesn’t know and breezing through those he does. It’s about not being intimidated by the written word, I think, and he’s come a long way in this. He says he enjoys writing, so hopefully this will pull him along in the reading thing, too. Plus, I promised him a prize (a notebook from Korea) if he reads really well – something to shoot for.
some interesting (science) videos
I found some interesting videos. Then again, there are probably thousands of videos out there that fit that description. Nonetheless, enjoy.
What If the Earth Does Not Exist?
Banned TED Talk: The Science Delusion – Rupert Sheldrake at TEDx Whitechapel
The Simulation Theory