May 18, 2008

Fourth Annual National Tutoring Survey Sheds Light on Training and Assessment

by Bob Lasiewicz, Managing Director, Crossroads of Learning

The first round of the Fourth Annual National Tutoring survey was conducted in March, 2008 by Crossroads of Learning. The focus of this year’s survey was to gather data on tutor assessment and training practices in the professional tutoring community. Following are some of the highlights.

The source of the email invitations were:
20% NTA membership
55% Trio-Gear Up Programs
10% Commercial tutoring centers across the U.S.
15% Crossroads of Learning proprietary list

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Filed under: Academic Learning Centers,Assessment,Commercial,Research,Training/Education

May 12, 2008

12 Brain/Mind Learning Principles in Action – One Author’s Personal Journey

by Renate Nummela Caine

Where do powerful questions come from? Those deep questions that drive some of us and determine a life’s path? I didn’t have the questions yet, not until much later, but even as a child I was observing or participating fully in learning.

My belief in myself and my ability to learn began with an exceptional teacher. She had a great deal of freedom because I grew up in Germany, which was just putting its educational system together after the war. She taught history by way of stories that intrigued us. She combined information and romance in order to capture our attention and young minds. She took us to the local museum where we could see a real Viking ship and look at the Viking mummy, which had been retrieved from the moors. Vikings often punished criminals by throwing them into the moors and watching them disappear. This was a horrible death, but to eight year-olds also terribly real and interesting. She took us on long hikes through meadows and woods and taught us about trees and where springs came from.

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Filed under: Academic Learning Centers,Assessment,Coaching,Home Schooling,Pedagogy,Research,Small Private Practices,Tutoring Practices

May 9, 2008

Five Lies About the SAT – An admissions coach separates fact from fiction about the dreaded exam.

By Connie Leslie | Newsweek Web Exclusive

Just a few weeks after an intensively competitive college-admissions season, the game is on again, with high-school juniors prepping for SAT tests in May. SAT performance may become even more important with the number of high-school graduates hitting a new high this year of 3.32 million, according to the Department of Education. That means stiffer competition for college admissions. The stakes are huge: This year, Harvard accepted 204 of the 721 students with perfect 800 SAT scores in critical reading and math—an admit rate of 28 percent vs. 7.1 percent for the 1,948 students accepted from a pool of 27,462 applicants. "People feel the SAT is the one thing they can make a difference on," says Lisa Jacobson, who employs more than 100 tutors at her New York-based college-admissions coaching firm, Inspirica. Jacobson spoke with Connie Leslie about what she calls "the five biggest SAT lies of all time."

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Filed under: Assessment,Coaching,Pedagogy,Small Private Practices,Test Prep,Tutoring Practices

April 24, 2008

A Tutor’s Guide to Individualized Education Programs

By Shari Nielsen,

It is not uncommon for parents to use education lingo during the initial consultation with a new tutor. One term that seems to come up quite often is the "IEP" or "Individualized Education Program." This article will highlight what a tutor needs to know about the IEP process so that they may better communicate with the parent.

Any child in a public school who receives special education services must have an IEP. Regular education teachers, special education teachers, parents, school administrators, related services personnel such as a speech therapist, and often the students themselves work together to create a document that reflects a student’s individual needs and goals. Members of this IEP team discuss their experience with the student, the student’s disabilities, strengths, and weaknesses, and decide how the student can be most successful with the general curriculum offered by the school. They also set annual goals for the child and determine how progress toward these goals will be measured and reported.

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Filed under: Academic Learning Centers,Admin/Management,Assessment,Coaching,Government,Pedagogy,Small Private Practices

April 21, 2008

Students want more use of gaming technology

By Meris Stansbury, Assistant Editor, eSchool News 

More than half of students in grades three and up would like to see more use of gaming technology in their schools, according to a new survey.

Educators are largely missing out on what could be a huge opportunity to capitalize on their students’ appetite for electronic games and simulations to teach them about core curriculum topics, results from a new national survey suggest.
Project Tomorrow’s fifth annual Speak Up Survey, the largest annual survey addressing the attitudes and opinions of K-12 students, teachers, parents, and school administrators toward the use of technology in education, reveals that online or electronic gaming is one of the technologies that students use most frequently—and that educational gaming is one of the emerging technologies that students would most like to see implemented in their schools. Yet, only one in 10 teachers has adopted gaming as an instructional tool.

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Filed under: Academic Learning Centers,Assessment,Pedagogy,Productivity,Study Tools,Technology,Test Prep

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