Always ready to learn

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A big thankyou to those of you who watched my attempt at a promo video and especially those who gave some feedback.

Someone spotted a grammatical error – corrected

Somebody else felt the music didn’t quite fit. I agreed and so changed it to something hopefully more suitable (I think so!)

Another said that it ended a bit too abruptly and didn’t give enough focus on how to connect with the business. I paid attention to this and made some changes.

Of course, there are parallels here with both being a tutor and being a student. We are all on a learning journey and it’s good to reflect on how we’re doing and when appropriate, to bring others on that journey.

How can I be a better student?

How can I improve my tutoring?

These are questions we need to ask ourselves and to ask others who might be able to help. We need to answer honestly and positively (this is not a ‘self bashing’ exercise!) and then we need to respond by beginning to apply those suggestions as to how we might ‘get better’.

Notice I used the word ‘beginning‘. In the past I’ve made the huge mistake of trying to change too many things too quickly. Instead take small steps, and if done with honesty, purpose and determination these should lead to bigger steps in the long run.

Happy learning folks!

Anyway, here’s the final promo, not perfect but hopefully improved …

Now to see if it makes any difference …

It’s okay to break the routine

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Pssst … this is mostly aimed at parents with Primary aged kids

I’m talking about homeschooling.

You’re in lockdown and you’ve been at this for what might seem like forever and with varying degrees of success:

They love the writing and hate the maths (or vice versa)

One day they are really ‘up for it’ and the next day … they’re from a different planet!

They’re learning something new and BINGO! … your little input helps them see the light. Then same child, different topic and no matter what you say or do the light just doesn’t come on and the tantrum begins or the mood descends.

Easy for me to say I know, but give yourself a break. This is what learning is all about and reflects the daily experience of the majority of wonderful teachers out there, itching to get back to the classroom (yeah they really are!)

If you were doing any planning or research at the beginning of lockdown, you would have discovered the importance of routine. Most of the advice was ROUTINE ROUTINE ROUTINE.

This still holds true. Most children and young people need that structure to their lives and I’m sure it’s contributed a lot to you keeping your sanity.

Don’t lose the routine. But it’s okay to break it.

What exactly do I mean?

Plan something different for a day, a couple of days or maybe longer (you know your kids better than anyone).

Tell them in advance, even better if they’re old enough and sensible enough (!) get them involved in the planning process. They’ll love it.

I don’t want to turn this article into a suggestions list, as it could go on for a very long time, but here are a few:

Make puppets, write a short play then video the mini production. They can post it online for their friends to view.

Do a mini topic (again let them choose)… Space, Romans, Insects, Clothes … the list is endless. It can include pictures, drawings, factfiles, quizzes & why not get them to write to an expert or a company. You’d be surprised what they might get back!

Have an Art Week, a Music Week, a History Week … add your own idea here:

I hope I’ve inspired you not stressed you out. If the latter then simply ignore!

Finally there are a few links below which you might find helpful:

https://sciencebob.com/category/experiments/

https://www.itsalwaysautumn.com/20-kid-art-projects-pretty-enough-to-frame.html

https://craftsbyamanda.com/kids-puppets/

https://babbledabbledo.com/80-easy-creative-projects-for-kids/

Happy routine break!