This year has been the first time I have tried weekly tutoring with kids in addition to teaching classes of young children.
Why is tutoring so rewarding?
- I can build a strong cooperative relationship with the child.
- Our time together is a respite – a quiet time in a supportive environment.
- I can target the work to meet exactly what the child needs – whether it is blending sounds for an early reader or understanding the relationship between fractions and percentages – using hands-on materials wherever possible.
- As the child develops proficiency at his/her work, his/her confidence grows.
- With greater confidence, we can venture into new areas of learning.
- Every once in a while, I take a minute and show the child the things that he/she can do well – too many people have usually told the child what he/she does not do well…
- Don’t tell the older kids, but the younger ones get some time to choose what they want to do in the classroom…making it more interesting.
- So far, the children and I are enjoying ourselves…and both of us are learning…which is why tutoring is becoming my main line of work.