Weekly Blog – Tutor Training

I’m getting more and more familiar with CANVAS through the past week. I realized I have to set goals and complete each chapter per day to complete on-time. Once you started getting on track, online courses don’t seem that difficult anymore. I’m currently at Using Praise Effectively and the Effort Effect.

The stress I’m experiencing abated comparing to the past few weeks. If my progress continues, I will get the CANVAS course finished by March 15th.

Weekly Blog – Tutor training

This has been a progressing week on CANVAS! I tried to catch up a bit, and I’m currently at “Socratic Questioning”. I spent my weekend working on the essay assignment, and I will return to CANVAS next week.

Due to my procrastination, I’m still a little bit behind, but I will learn to manage my time and make some solid progress.

Mini Reflection on CANVAS

This is a short reflection on how well I’m currently doing with CANVAS. I encountered some problems in getting enrolled in CANVAS and lagged a bit behind. I will find some time to catch up with the rest of my peers.

Some advantages and disadvantages I found with CANVAS:

-CANVAS seem really professional. If you accidentally make a mistake or did not follow the instructions of the assignment, a special instructor will contact you and guide you.

-The problem I find is the unlocking assignment part. You always have to wait for your mentor to grade on the previous assignment before moving on to the next one. Sometimes it takes a long time for our mentor to grade, which affected our progression.

 

Overall, I’m doing alright:)

The Beginning of Online Course

This week, I have begun the “Student Orientation” course on CANVAS. I think this website is really precise and detailed, there are different kinds of instructions, you can also consult from the “help” button. The orientation taught me some basic instructions and how to use CANVAS. I think I still need time to familiarize myself with this website because I think its really complex. Although I have no idea what this website is about, I’m looking forward to learning some knowledge about how to being a tutor in the future.

IDU – Reflective Blog Post

Team 11 JAMMY DODGERS
Teammates: Jasmine, Angela, Monika

 

Our team had an amazing experience together during the IDU unit and learned the key to collaboration.

Teammate Angela is my good friend. But I didn’t interact with Monika for a long time. The last time I remember talking to her was in 6th grade ASA. But surprisingly, our team collaborated well throughout the project and succeeded in making it to the final. Based on the questionnaire we took, we all prefer democracy team relationship. I’m more a collaborative teammate, while Monika often brought out new ideas, and Angela always critic our thoughts. When we have conflicts, I tried to bring us back together, talk the whole problem out, and try to select the best decision.

For the norms of collaboration, our team rank them as follows:

-Put ideas on the table

-Pay attention to self and others

-Paraphrase

-Pause

-Probe

-Presume positive intentions

-Put inquiry at the center

Our team was doing really well at putting ideas at the table. This is also extremely important since we need everyone’s thoughts before the discussion. It is also an easy norm to implement: everyone just share what they think.

Collaboration really is, valuable, especially when it comes to the final presentation. Our team cannot reach the final step without any of us. Also when it comes to thorny problems, it’s better to solve it as a whole rather than one/two people’s arbitrary thoughts.

We did not really have conflict for most of the time. Expect once we were arguing hard on where to put the global issue in the script, in the end, Monika and I finally gave in and gave consent to Angela to put it in the conclusion. We always worked together, communicated together, shared thoughts together.

The whole project was challenging, to me, the most difficult part was the beginning.  At the start of the project, we eventually faced problems and setbacks, we have spent lessons after lessons trying to figure out ideas… But in the end, it worked out satisfactory. The things we worried about did not happen, instead, confidence and cohesive conquered fears. Our team always worried about presenting in front of the community, but we end up presenting in front of the whole grade. During the journey of this project, there were always surprises and unexpected challenges, but we overcame it, as a team.

When a team actually stick together, no conflicts and struggles can separate them apart. Being cohesive is also to not exclude anyone out, everyone is equal to share their idea and thoughts, like a circle. Just like our team JAMMY DODGERS this time, with enough amount of cohesion and collaboration, we reached success.

Picture citation:

BizGroup. “Training: Digital Learning: Team Building.” Biz Group, 2020, www.learningwithbiz.com/.

Tutor Training – About me

My name is Jasmine Zhou. I’m was born in Singapore, then moved back to Beijing when I was 4. I like to read during my free time, hang out with friends, or just watch movies online and enjoying alone. I play badminton, paint, and play the piano. The subjects that interest me are Chinese, Physics, Chemistry, Psychology, and Medicine. I dreamed to become a medical scientist when I grow up. The reason I choose tutor training as my elective was this subject interests me. Before 8th grade, the concept and idea of “getting trained as a tutor” was vague for me. Tutor to me, plainly, was someone you hire and receive guidance academically. When the teacher introduced me to this course, the idea of taking it immediately arose. I always liked teaching someone, I know learning is a slow process, the teacher instill students knowledge continuously. I always have the patience for this job.

 

I will never forget the trip I attended to the children center with the “Interact” Club on 10/26, 2019. I was assigned to assist a girl with her homework. She was in 4th grade, with a 6th-grade sister with her together. I was nervous. Mandarine is my first language, but tutoring someone was a first, too. I sat down beside her with nerve, answering questions she asked, and pointing out the mistakes she made. Soon, we went through 2 subjects already. I was shocked, even, to realize how much knowledge that slipped away in my head, the things I previously know but now forgotten. As I slowly grow familiar with her, I started to have side conversations and got to know her more. I realized tutor training is not an unconquerable task. Anyone in the world can tutor, but becoming a successful tutor is another thing.