Turning Point Tutoring
All parents want the best for their children yet some parents are better suited in facilitating their children’s progress in learning. These parents are able to identify and describe what the student needs to learn. Example – one parent gives me the material to teach, another parent tells me specifically what their children need help with. Interestingly, these students are respectful and fully engaged in the learning process.
Parents ask similar questions. …. they want to learn how to best help their children. In the same way that I identify learning needs of students, I now focus on identifying the needs of parents and then devise a strategy to best meet their needs.
Education is political and as much as educators aim for equity, there is injustice in the air. The superior students receive better treatment and more privileges.
Knowledge is power. Parents who are well-informed about curriculum expectations, assessment methods, and learning styles can effectively advocate for their child and keep teachers accountable and on their toes.
LESSONS LEARNED FROM TUTORING
Last year I started tutoring students again. I noticed that much of student success is dependant on the parent’s ability to be aware of and describe the learning needs of their child. This should come as no surprise as parent involvement is a well known factor in the successful education of children.
Comments on lessons learned
When I think back on the times of raising children through the many years of education, certain truths stand out in my memory. Education success depends in large part on the parent's involvement whether helping with homework, going to parent teacher meetings, attending student concerts and/or being genuinely interested in what they are doing.
A story which illustrates this is about Ben Carson. He is the head of paediatric neuro surgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital. As a child, his mom knew that her children would have to learn to read and write so she made them stay in and read and do homework and then had them read to her what they wrote which they did. Years later they discovered that she could not read or write herself. Her interest was enough for them to be successful in their chosen field.
- Jan Gledhill
Summary of Articles
Parents play a vital role in the education of their children. ‘Lessons Learned from Tutoring’ describes how parents can help their children achieve academically. Parents are looking for the best education for their children. With this in mind I organized a trip to Montreal to tour ‘University of McGill’ so parents can learn firsthand about one of Canada’s finest universities. Part of the trip included a dance performance by McGill’s dance company, Mosaica a crew of other-oriented, self-motivated and independent thinkers and dancers. The learning that occurs outside of the classroom is described in ‘Beyond Books’. Finding the right university for your child can be an exhaustive search. ‘Finding a university’ provides an interesting reflection on this subject. Not everyone has the opportunity to attend university as discussed in ‘Who goes to university?’ The article on ‘St. Thomas University’ is an insightful description on this unique Canadian university.
Lessons Learned from Tutoring; What parents can do to help their child succeed in school
University of McGill Montreal, Quebec
Beyond Books; Learning that occurs outside the classroom
Finding a University How to find the right university for my child
Who goes to University? Socio-economic factors and cognitive ability
St. Thomas University Halifax, Nova Scotia