ONLINE TIPS FOR TUTORS 2021
THIS YEAR TIPS FOR TUTORS IS VIRTUAL!
Below is an overview of what will be covered the next 4 weeks. Although we are sad we won't be together with you in person, we hope you will find all these resources helpful in working with your student.
WEEK 1 - KICK OFF
TIPS FOR TUTORS KICKOFF
Good news! If you missed our kick off zoom call on Saturday you can watch the recorded version here! Hear from Shawn Johnson and get a quick walk through of the Tips for Tutors resources on our website.
PLANNING FOR YOUR TUTORING SESSION – MATH
Need help thinking through how to plan for math for your tutoring session? This video walks you through what a typical planning process could look like, giving you ideas and prompting you with questions you should be thinking about.
PLANNING FOR YOUR TUTORING SESSION – READING
Need help thinking through how to plan for reading for your tutoring session? This video walks you through what a typical planning process could look like, giving you ideas and prompting you with questions you should be thinking about.
SHARING YOUR SCREEN
Still having trouble sharing your screen? You're not alone and these videos may help!
WEEK 2 - MATH WEEK
TIPS FOR HOW TO TUTOR WITHOUT USING TECHNOLOGY - MATH
If technology is frustrating you and you’re looking for ways you can work with your student on math while relying on technology as little as possible check out this video for tips and tricks.
MAKING SENSE OF WORD PROBLEMS - MATH
Does your student shut down or struggle with solving word problems? Here are some tips and tricks to help your student tackle those word problems with success.
CHOICE BOARD - MATH & READING
Need some ideas for math activities to do with your student? Choice boards help motivate kids by letting them choose which math activity they would like to do.
MATH TERMS TO KNOW
Is your student using math terms you've never heard of? Confused on what the instructions on their homework are even asking them to do? Here are some common math terms used today that you may not be familiar with.
MORE MATH VIDEOS & RESOURCES
Just a reminder - here are some other great math resources that we've had on our website that you can use for working with your student.
MATH SKILLS & STANDARDS
Click below for access to hundreds of math games, skills and standards. Be sure to Sign In first so you can access everything.
CAN'T REMEMBER HOW TO DO SOMETHING?
Click the button below to watch hundreds of instructional Math videos organized by grade and topic.
MATH WORKSHEETS BY GRADE
Here are links to math worksheets that are organized by grade and topic.
MATH ACTIVITIES BY GRADE
Click on this button for different math activities that are organized by grade and topic.
WEEK 3 - READING WEEK
TIPS FOR HOW TO TUTOR WITHOUT USING TECHNOLOGY - READING
If technology is frustrating you and you’re looking for ways you can work with your student on reading while relying on technology as little as possible check out this document for some ideas!
READING TERMS TO KNOW
Sometimes we don’t recognize a reading term our students are using, or that’s written in their homework instructions.Here is a cheat sheet of some common terms used in reading that may be new to you.
Poetry can be a great reading resource for short text that can be completed in a tutoring session. Reading poetry is perfect for practicing how to read smoothly by rereading the poem several times. Poetry develops vocabulary and comprehension by talking together to figure out the meanings of the words and the poem. You don’t have to be a fan of poetry to discuss a poem together and figure out what it means to you as a pair.
Poetry Selections Handout (Poetry you can read with your student)
Word work activities develop a student’s ability to sound out unknown words in reading, writing and spelling. These activities play with letters and letter sounds so that the student can apply what he/she learns to words that they do not know. As a student develops a better understanding of our English letters and sounds, their reading, writing and spelling will improve.
MORE READING VIDEOS & RESOURCES
Remember, the overall goal of reading is comprehension. Hopefully the activities suggested here will help stimulate your imagination.
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WEEK 4 - KEEPING KIDS ENGAGED
BEHAVIOR MOTIVATION & CALMING
Need some ideas to help motivate your student? Need more ideas on how to tutor without relying on technology? Check out this video by Jackie Long for more tips and ideas.
Sometimes it's hard staying focused for a long period of time, especially if it's something you struggle with. Here are some new brain break ideas you can use with your student to give them a fun short break before diving back into learning.
Have you ever finished what you had planned for tutoring early and needed a short filler? Here are some ideas you can use when you only have a couple minutes left with your student and you want to maximized that time together.
Many children with learning challenges struggle, in part, due to being disconnected from their bodies. This disconnection can impact their ability to take in and process information and to focus and attend. In this presentation, learn a couple activities and gain some resources to help children get better connected to their bodies for better success with and motivation to learn!
WEEK 5 - WRAPPING IT UP
Bo Mitchell is a long-time friend and supporter of Whiz Kids and good friends with our founder and former Director Don Reeverts. He serves as the chaplain and senior advisor for the Colorado Rockies and served as chaplain for the Denver Nuggets for 18 years. He is a former minor league baseball player and has a master's degree in Christian leadership from Denver Seminary. Bo co-founded several organizations and nonprofits including Cherry Hills Community Church, Teammates for Kids, Providence Network, Crosswalk Fellowship, and Game Day Memories. Bo and his wife, Gari, have been married over forty-five years and have two married children and four grandchildren. Please join us February 6th to hear from Bo and close out our 2021 Tips for Tutors Event.
After hearing from Bo, participants will be divided into break out rooms where they will be able to share and hear from others. Tutors will have a chance to share their best take-aways from tips, what has worked well with their students, and glean ideas and tips from one another.