Tutoring is not a dirty word
Jul 14, 2015 Tutoring/Home School 1980 Views
As a parent, can you cast your mind back far enough to remember what school was like for you? Chances are you were told to be quiet, learn random facts off by heart so that you could stand up and regurgitate them and compete with 30 other children for the teacher's attention. You probably had to sit in rows of desks facing a blackboard and listen to a teacher ramble on for 45 minutes before being expected to complete a worksheet that every other child in the class was also doing.
If this style of education seems archaic, it is. But the scary thing is that things have not changed.
There are, of course, a scattering of innovative teachers in the system who push struggling students, extend advanced students and find time to be with the 'under-the-radar' students. These teachers differentiate learning, give quality feedback, use innovative ICT and content delivery techniques such as flip learning and generally understand that no student is the same. The sad truth is that these teachers are few and far between. If your child is lucky enough to have one of these teachers, the chilling reality is that it only takes one year of having a ready-to-retire, burned out teacher who has a generalist, tick-the-box approach to not only dent your child's motivation for learning but also put them behind the eight ball for the years ahead.
A truly perfect education system would see students learning at a pace and level that suits them, meeting standards in the curriculum but also having the time, support and encouragement to pursue interests and hobbies. But so often, this is not the case. Often it is the parents who are creating extra hours in the day to get their children through math homework textbooks and assist with generic spelling lists. It is the parents who must provide the opportunities to learn music, sport and the arts at a suitable level and it is the parents who must help those who struggle and extend those who achieve.
Opponents of outside tutoring will tell you that tutoring is too expensive and that it produces student achievement on a linear factory line. Opponents of tutoring will proclaim that it either only benefits the over-achieving know-it-alls or the slow-coaches because of its generic, recycling approach to learning resources. These opponents are often right. But if you can find a tutoring service that guarantees small class sizes, you can bet your bottom dollar that your child will be receiving more one-on-one time and personalised instruction than their school classroom can offer.
If you can find a tutoring service that guarantees that student learning objectives will not only match curriculum standards taught at school but specifically target individual areas of need, you can rest assured that regardless of your child's ability, they will reach a higher level of achievement. If you're paying top dollar for empty promises and an unhappy child who sits in a lake of generic worksheets, then maybe tutoring is a dirty word. The very fact that you're exhibiting a desire to help your child reach his/her potential means that you are a good parent. If you don't need tutoring to get them there, you're one of the lucky ones. - See more at: http://www.striketutoring.com/blog#sthash.lCEPFkgd.dpuf
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