Category Archives: education and career

Why do we require students to take history/social studies?

Why do I have to take history and social studies? Posted on March 19, 2014by Kate Kresse Why do I have to take history/social studies? That is a mantra that many of my students repeat, over and over. Of course, I tell them … Continue reading

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Path to successful learning

As you know, I am a tutor. I am already hounding my students to review, review, review. But this method can help all of us improve learning. When should you start preparing for finals? Map to success Final exams are … Continue reading

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The power of math can be exponential

When I was in elementary school, my parents made sure that I learned. They knew that all of my subjects were important, certainly. But I have special memories of discussing literature and history over the dinner table. They made sure … Continue reading

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The latest news: a math movement

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Standardized tests: What REALLY matters

I know that education and achievement matter. I know that students need to learn to be truly literate. They need skills. They need a depth of understanding across a spectrum of subjects. They need that and more. I wanted to … Continue reading

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A resource for a free SAT/ACT preparation class

My friend Katharine Trauger made me aware of a free SAT/ACT tool/preparation class. You pay a very small student fee, but that’s it. Of course there are other levels of instruction you can purchase, but most of my students will … Continue reading

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Leaping over obstacles

There are many things I love about being a mom/wife/teacher/tutor/manager/life coach. Now that I think about it, there is definitely a common thread in each of these. For me, that common thread is helping people to overcome obstacles.  After all, … Continue reading

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Let us build the city of God

“Many times a day I realize how much my own life is built on the labours of my fellowmen, and how earnestly I must exert myself in order to give in return as much as I have received.” — Albert Einstein … Continue reading

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A new school year looms

Here in Arizona, some school districts are on year-round calendars. They headed back to school the week of 7/15. The last districts will be in session by 8/7. No more post-Labor Day starts. Today I am thinking about my summer … Continue reading

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Reading is exercise for the mind and heart, isn’t it?

Augustine Birrell explained it well, “Any ordinary man can…surround himself with two thousand books…and thenceforward have at least one place in the world in which it is possible to be happy.”   Don’t get me wrong. I don’t mean to … Continue reading

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algebra in kindergarten

For my students, the regular school year is almost over. We now head into the summer school season. This is when I help them fill in the gaps. For those who think math is “a drag” what do you think … Continue reading

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Dreams are illustrations – part 2 of 2

Yesterday I began with this quote, which is appropriate for today’s conclusion as well. “Dreams are illustrations from the book your soul is writing about you”. Marsha Norman. My soul has been writing a metaphorical book for a long time. The … Continue reading

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You too can be special to the admissions office – yes, you!

I felt compelled to write this today. Many of my students are starting to stress about the whole college admissions process and planning their lives. Many of those who follow this blog may know someone in the same shoes. Could … Continue reading

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IEP time: ADA backs you up on this

Parents~   It is spring. That means it is time for IEP (Individual Education Plan) meetings with teachers and administration. Remember, if you have a documented diagnosis for your student, schools are required to prepare an IEP and hold meetings … Continue reading

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My latest project

I have been working on something for awhile now. I have started another website that is devoted to learning and learning difficulties. Right now i am gathering research related to various forms of dyslexia, and how to help students and … Continue reading

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Do you procrastinate? I do!

OK—I admit. Sometimes I am like the cobbler’s kids who have no shoes. I procrastinate sometimes. Here is how I teach the students I tutor to overcome their procrastination. Obviously, the same techniques will apply to me. I wanted to … Continue reading

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Why I became a tutor: Maybe you would like to, too

There are many reasons that teachers and tutors give for teaching. Typical reasons include the joy of seeing students learn. While this is certainly the case for me as well, an even more important reason to me was to help … Continue reading

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No not even one

I have written many many blog articles about teaching and learning, and believing in my students. What continually draws me to a student, and keeps me going? I will tell you. It is the chance to launch them. My favorite … Continue reading

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Pastures? This is my pasture

The movie To Sir With Love has ALWAYS been a favorite of mine…. I had a Sir as a teacher…. I have written about him. Many years later, a sequel of the movie was made, called To Sir With Love … Continue reading

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Off We Go, Into the Wild Blue Yonder…

For those of you who have been praying for my dear student Duncan, I got a call from him while I was in the midst of my very first 5K! He had received about a 46 the last time he … Continue reading

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Caring, discipline, and an amazing educator ~ I knew it all along

I know that I have written many things about my beloved teacher “Sir”. In searching for him, I discovered that he made big changes here in Phoenix after he left Minnesota. This article was in the Christian Science Monitor in … Continue reading

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Oh Happy, Happy Day! I Did Find Sir!

The plethora of students that I have this year has had me stymied at times. Some of my newer students are a true puzzle. Of course that is often the case when I get a new student. Sometimes people are … Continue reading

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A Loving Tribute to Sir: My Teacher of a Lifetime

In my previous post  https://believeanyway.wordpress.com/2012/10/14/do-you-repeatedly-make-the-same-discoveries-about-yourself/I wrote about my very cool pen and the consequence of losing it to my teacher. Out of the larger context, his actions sound unselfish and unfair. But this teacher was one for the ages. He … Continue reading

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Thursdays and Me

When I was a student, Thursdays were about my favorite. I still had another glorious school day, and I had family and friend time on the horizon. Lately coming up on Thursday means that I have just about made it … Continue reading

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Finger Paint, Calculus, and Music

The summer I turned 10 I had just finished 4th grade. Two of my classmates and I were given a wonderful opportunity. Each day for a few weeks we got to go to a very cool workshop at one of … Continue reading

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A Way to Teach History

I have included a story from CNN about teaching US history. I agree that it can be an outstanding way to teach US history. In light of the Olympics, a similar set-up could be used to teach world history. There … Continue reading

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The Night We Tore the Goal Posts Down

Do you remember the song Graduation Day (recorded by the Beach Boys among others?)….I love that sweet song. It is nostalgic, and talks of memories we each build as we move from beginning our education to completing it. No matter … Continue reading

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Ain’t No Mountain High Enough

“Somehow I can’t believe that there are any heights that can’t be scaled by a man who knows the secrets of making dreams come true. This special secret, it seems to me, can be summarized in four Cs. They are … Continue reading

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Remembering…..

I am feeling sentimental today. . . sentimental in advance. I tend to do that. This Friday my son will have his “make-up graduation ceremony”. What do I mean by that? I will tell you! He completed his coursework for … Continue reading

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Build A New Model

“You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.”–Buckminster Fuller I think that in my life I have often followed that advice. Not as a revolutionary, but … Continue reading

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I love math: Pi day

Today was pi day. Yep 3/14. I have always enjoyed algebra. I especially love linear equations. I find them to be fun. Single linear equations and solving systems of linear equations. I didn’t use to like geometry. But this year … Continue reading

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