Weekly Post #7

This week I attended 3 tutoring sessions. I have helped the students to finish their motion labs and have a better understanding of the scientific concepts. I have received positive feedbacks from the students, and they told me that they understood the concepts, which is pretty encouraging. I think the students worked better as a team.

From this week’s teaching I have learned that it’s important to use concise language when communicating with students. Students always understand simple and accurate language more than long and blurry language. Students didn’t understand my “long speech”, but they understood the few concise sentences. Using concise language is definitely one of the things I’m going to work on during the next tutoring sessions.

Weekly Blog #6

This week I went to one tutoring session. The science class have just started a new unit (force and motion), which is a unit I’m good at. In class they were required to do some online motion simulations. I did the simulations as well so it would be easier for me to help the students. I helped a few students on their worksheet, but I didn’t give them the answer straight away, I gave them hints for them to figure out the problems by theirselves.

One thing I learned this week is that it is a good idea to do the student’s work before teaching them. When students first asked me questions about the simulation I didn’t know what to do because I didn’t try the simulation . But after I played with the simulation I knew what to do so I can teach the students.

Mar 28-30 Blog

This week I didn’t attend any tutoring sessions because the Wednesday schedule between middle school and high school is different and the class has a test on Friday. However, there are still something to talk about. The thing is that I should didn’t discussed the schedule with Ms. Boardman before the tutoring session. That made me confused about whether I should go or not.

I have learned from this “lesson” that a good tutor should discuss the schedule with the teacher/student before the next tutoring sessions. By this way, both the tutor and the student understand when exactly the next session is.

 

Weekly Blog Mar19-Mar23

This week, I attended 2 tutoring sessions. Surprisingly, the students there are asking me for help! For the first time! I think the reason for that is that the students are more familiar to me. They are no longer shy, or hesitate to ask for help. As they asked fo help, I felt that I’m more “useful” in this class. I’m no longer the “idle” person sitting at the back of the classroom.

From this week’s tutoring, I have learned that a in order to become a good tutor, you need to be friends with the students. Mr. Dilts introduced me a method to become friends with the students – to chat about their lives and hobbies. I found that quite useful. I’ll use these strategies in my future tutoring.

Mar 12-Mar 16 Blog

I haven’t done many thing in tutor training this week because I only attended one tutoring session. But I still gained some insights on tutor training. I became more familiar with the students than ever before. Some of the students were hesitating in the the previous classes asked me for help. Because of that, I became more interactive with the students, therefore I became “busier” in classtime.

By this, I realize that keeping up good relationships with the student is the key to success in tutoring. Students won’t be friendly and familier to you at the first time, but as you communicate and get to know them more, you become friends with them and they are more willing to receive helps from you.

Mar 5-Mar 10 Blog

This week I went to the grade 7 science class to help out. Hey were starting on a new unit on the history of earth. I helped students to create their own timelines and small projects. I am still

I think that I need to get more interactions to students. Some students actually need help but they didn’t ask me. I need to find students who really need help.

Feb5 – Feb 14 Blog

I am continuing learning on the Crossroads Online tutor training course. I am almost finished. I learned a lot on understanding culture shock, how should I arrange classes, and further concepts on the role of tutors and students. I now have a sense of what a good tutor should be like. I had my first tutoring session on Wednesday on a Grade 7 science class. They are learning biology right now so I was a bit confused because I haven’t learned biology since grade 8. Some kids responded to my help, but some didn’t. Because it’s a subject that I’m not that good at, I find it hard to teach them about it. But luckily that class was their last class on that unit.

Before this two weeks I had no experience on teaching, but now I have. I understand that although teaching and tutoring look easy, they are quite challenging tasks. Through the online course, I also learned more on how to be a better tutor.

Jan 22 – Jan 28

i have been working on the crossroads online tutoring course for this week. I have learned many things such as the history of tutoring, the roles of tutors, how does tutoring benefit both the tutor and the student, and good ways of tutoring. Now I have a better understanding about the fundamentals of tutoring.

Before this week I literally didn’t know much about tutoring, especially how to be a good tutor. Now, I think that I can ask encouraging questions and use tutoring techniques such as the socratic method to teach students.

An analysis of a Dorothea Lange’s photo

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There are many similarities and connections between the Lange photo and “Of Mice and Men”.  First, the background of both the image and the story are the same. It’s all produced around 1930s. It’s the time which the Great Depression happened. People were all very poor at that time. In the picture, the background and middle ground, gives us the impression that they are really poor and they have lack of food. The carriage is empty, and the land is barren. In “Of Mice and Men”, George and Lennie is also two men who doesn’t have much money and had to work for other people to survive. However, these people were not desperate. They all have the “American Dream”. In “Of Mice and Men”, George dreamed that one day, he and Lennie are going to have their own piece of land. In this picture, the focal point is the four people’s faces. In their faces, they looked like that they are tense and worried. However, they are wondering something, they are wondering that they will be rich someday and exceed their “American Dreams”, because I can’t see desperate from their faces. The mood of the picture can be described as “difficult”. This family is experiencing a difficult life, there are no crops in the farmland. However, there are still hopes in their minds.

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