Giving Your Students an Appreciation of the Arts

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Giving Your Students an Appreciation of the Arts

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When you set out to become a teacher, it isn’t always enough just to teach a rote set of knowledge. You want to give your students an appreciation for the each knowledge area so they not only know things and how to do things, they also understand the history behind the knowledge they have and have an ability to appreciate the nuances of what they have learned. There may be no area of learning that this concept applies to more than art.

By art, we mean the arts which may include music, vocal interpretation, creative writing and the visual arts. Now in many schools, art programs have gone by the wayside due to budget cuts. This is even more of a reason that if you want to learn to teach the arts to your students, you should come to the task with enthusiasm and some creative thinking so you can take advantage of this time when you can offer lessons in artistic development and appreciation.

Perhaps the biggest challenge of offering art classes as part of the curriculum at the school where you teach is to get kids who may not think they have artistic talent to take the course. In most cases art classes are not required but you still want to be able to touch as much as the student body as possible with an appreciation of the arts and give everyone a chance to take a stab at making a bit of art themselves.

Much of the work that will go into letting kids know its ok to take art even if they do not feel they have artistic talent comes from the attitude of the teacher. Too often art teachers send the message that they expect every student to show noticeable artistic talent and that their grade may depend on their ability to produce art that can be judged as “good” by the teacher.

This creates huge stress in the students because nobody can just “become artistic.” And sending that message defeats the purpose of offering a program in the arts to the students at your school in first place. But if you can encourage a spirit of play and exploration so that even students with no artistic talent at all are willing to take the class just to “give it a try”, learning how art is made by making some of their own will be an enriching experience that may instill a love of art in the student that could last a lifetime.

In the movie The Music Man, the professor got two tone deaf children to sing “I love music mommy” as part of his effort to bring band music to a small town in Iowa. The pride those children and their parents showed more than offset that the song they offered to their portents was pretty unrecognizable as real music. But that scene is instructive in what you want to achieve in your students by giving them a chance to learn to create art with no regard for their talent one way or another. And don’t be surprised if a student takes home a perfectly hideous artwork with pride and that piece of art becoming a precious heirloom for that family not because it is good art but because it is an expression of artistic feeling from a child who wanted to try something new and did it.

Along with giving our students the basic instructions in how to create works of art, don’t miss out on the opportunity to give them a basic education in art history and art appreciation. This may be the greatest gift your art classes can give a child. If they come from your class with an awareness of why Michelangelo is one of the greatest artists of all time, that is a part of our cultural knowledge that will demonstrate that this child has been given a broad and well rounded education.

Teaching art and art approbation can be one of the most fulfilling forms of teaching that you can offer to the next generation. Not only will the children have a lot of fun discovering the artists inside them, you will have a great time showing that side to them as well. And all of that fun will make them better people which, after all, is the goal of being an educator in the first place.


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Teaching With Powerpoint

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The software tool, Microsoft PowerPoint is one of the most versatile tools that the huge software giant has given to us. Business has already discovered the power of this amazing tool. But there are a lot of lessons plans that would benefit from the tools and resources that PowerPoint can offer to make your lessons more fun and interesting for your students. But you have to know how to use it for maximum advantage even before you start designing your slide slow.

Almost everybody has seen PowerPoint used and witnessed what a fun and creative presentation tool it is. You can take classes to learn how to use PowerPoint and to tap the power of the amazing animation and graphics tools it has to present information to your students. This is why PowerPoint is such a great tool for teaching. It gives you the chance to supplement what might have been a boring lecture with some colorful and quickly moving slides that will keep your kids riveted throughout your presentation.

PowerPoint is also easy to use. The genius of Microsoft is that they do facilitate us in using this great tool by making it so easy to take advantage of all of PowerPoint’s fantastic tools. In a classroom setting, PowerPoint alone could represent one of the biggest revolutions in how to present information to students in a long time. But it’s a good idea to think through how to use the tool and have some ground rules for how to use it so you get the maximum value from PowerPoint without becoming abusive of its powers.

When designing the way you will use PowerPoint as a teaching tool, don’t give in to the temptation to let the slideshow do all the work of teaching for you. Remember that PowerPoint is great as long as it is a supplement to your lecture or presentation to your students. The best kind of PowerPoint slide presentation uses bullet triggers to take you through your lecture but you do all the work of actually teaching your students. When it comes to putting a large amount of information on a PowerPoint slide, in a word, don’t. This will lead to reading the slide presentation to your students which will become boring causing you to lose the “punch” you hoped PowerPoint would bring to this lesson plan.

Another tip when working with PowerPoint in an educational setting is to never turn your back on your students. You need to have eye contact with them at all times when you are teaching. So know your presentation well so you don’t have to turn and look at the screen during the course of the lesson.

PowerPoint gives you the ability to use a timer fiction so the slides change on their own after a set period of time. This is a slick function but one that few actually use. And in your setting of trying to integrate PowerPoint into your teaching, you should avoid the timer function as well. The only way this function can work is if you are in a teaching situation where there is no chance there will be an interruption or a delay. And since in a classroom setting you can almost guarantee interruptions in your presentation, the timer function then would become your worst enemy rather than a good tool to help you.

Maintain a consistency to the design of your PowerPoint slides. This means using one single color or background scheme for the entire show. Consistency also applies to the motion of bulleted lists. There are dozens of presentation styles for bulleted lists that PowerPoint supports. You can have your bullet points fly in from the side, bounce in or fade in from nothing to something and then fade away again.

Avoid the temptation to use a different effect on each slide. By establishing one text management strategy, you will avoid creating a PowerPoint lesson that is distracting and disjointed. And by using common sense and good advice in how to put together your PowerPoint lesson plan, you will create a resource for that lesson that can be a valuable part of your teaching arsenal for years to come.


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Good Reasons to be a Tutor

The tutoring profession is a unique career field in a lot of ways.   Because you are taking on the challenge of educating children or teenagers, along way you will become very much a part of their society with all the positive and negatives that go with that.  Its for that reason that before you make even the first step toward making tutoring your career, its good to examine your motivations to make sure you have good reasons to teach.

The downsides of tutoring are well known.  Tutoring historically does not pay well, particularly if you teach at the public school level.  You can find niche situations that pay well like working for a wealthy private school, tutoring or working for a “for profit” tutoring operation.  But by and large, you don’t go into tutoring for the money. 

That said it is also true that if you are a good tutor and your resume is strong, you can expect strong job security.  There is always a need for good tutors.  Unlike going into business, you do not have to make your employer profitable to be a success tutoring.  You are judged in lives and in the results of your tutoring that is evidenced in the grades and strong academics of your students. If you can learn to teach young minds and bring them wisdom and knowledge, you will have a job for life.

Many people go into tutoring because they love the academic environment.  For those who grieved the closing of each school year and who never wanted to leave high school and then college, tutoring lets you take up residence in that part of society that fits your personality so well.  To those who have no idea how the calling to teach works, this seems insane because for many getting out of school a stronger motivation than continuing on in the academic world.  So if you have an affinity for the social setting of a school system and the idea of taking up residence in a culture that the pursuit of knowledge is, at least in theory, the primary goal of the institution, tutoring is for you.

Another motivation many have for going into tutoring is love of your subject matter.  If you have always been passionate about math, history, philosophy, art or physical education, one way to feel fulfillment of your passion is to pass along not only your knowledge about your field of expertise but your passion as well.  This is particularly true of a field of study where there is no direct corollary in the business world such as history or philosophy.  By making a career in academics tutoring the field of knowledge you love and excel at, you keep the legitimacy of that area of knowledge alive by passing it along to the next generation.

If the core reason you love to teach is the love of your subject matter, you do have to be a realist especially if you find yourself tutoring in the public schools.  Don’t go into a classroom of 30 high schoolers and expect every one of them to be come a zealot about your field of expertise as you are.  Yes, from time to time you will light a fire under a kindred spirit and see the light come on about the love of your subject area.  That experience alone can make the sacrifices of tutoring worth it.  But be reconciled that if all you do is at least hold the attention of the students and broaden their knowledge and appreciation of your field of knowledge, for many that is all you can expect.  But you are still an educator and you have done a good thing at even that very basic level.

Tutoring is a calling no matter what your core reasons to teach is.  A true tutor does not go into the field for the money or for a glamorous or exciting career.  The excitement of tutoring is seeing young minds come  alive in class and to take youth people one step further along their path to becoming truly educated individuals.  And if that is your passion and what gets you out of bed each mooring to go to that school and deal with the negatives of a tutoring day, they you have found the right reasons to teach which means you will be successful, well liked and remembered by your students as a great tutor.


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Can You Teach as a Tutor if You Are Old?

If you are just preparing to enter the ranks of professional tutors and you are not a recent college graduate, its easy to feel a bit insecure and ask that question, “Can you teach if you are old?” Its a fair question even if you are not so far along in life that you consider yourself to be “old”. But it is easy to feel old if you are a middle aged or senior adult among 20 year olds in teacher college and if the competition for the teaching jobs are kids that could be your own sons or daughters.

There are a lot of jobs where there is a noticeable age bias against older workers. In the business world, sometimes companies prefer to hire younger workers because they work cheap and if they work out, there is such a longer career life ahead of them. But even in the business setting, many forward thinking employers are beginning to realize that the ranks of older workers contain a group of workers who are stable, hard working and devoted employees. So too schools are realizing more and more that hiring an older worker is not a disadvantage at all but that you bring a lot of good with you that the school should be thrilled to have.

If anything the profession of tutoring is a perfect environment for someone who has seen a bit of life and who has matured and perhaps raised children of their own. Tutoring full time while rewarding can be a huge challenge because it is sometimes hard to establish your authority in the class room and there are so many ways for a disruption to hurt the flow of tutoring that is so important to accomplish your academic goals each day. An older worker is less prone to panic about disruptions or sudden problems that might come up as you teach and you have the experience and maturity to handle the problem efficiently without upsetting the rest of the class and get everyone back on task quickly.

It could be that one concern those who hire new tutors might have with an older worker is energy. Younger workers are able to keep up physically with children and they need to know that you won’t tire during a long school day and that you have the physical stamina to get through a school day and come back for more tomorrow. There are a number of ways you can demonstrate that you are in shape and up to the challenge of teaching. You can put on a show of energy and enthusiasm during the interview. Or you could go so far as to offer to substitute teach or be a tutor assistant for a day so the administrator can witness first hand our energy and ability to “keep up” with those kiddos.

There is a good chance that not only will you encounter no age based bias or discrimination from school administrators, you will find that they already have a number of older tutors on staff so they know the value the school gets from that experience and wisdom. But the relationship that may give you more concern is whether the students can accept an older teacher and give you the same respect and regard that they would give to someone just out of college.

It may come as the biggest surprise of them all that children and even teenagers really do not mind older teachers or older people for that matter. After all, to a child, every adult is an older teacher so they may not even notice that you are 20 years older than their last teacher. To a kid, old is old so what’s the difference? Moreover, children have relationships with parents, uncles and aunts and grandparents that are loving and respectful so if they lump you in with those role models, you have it made.

What students don’t like are older people who try to deny that they are old, who are ashamed of their age or who try to act younger than they are. Youth crave honesty. And youth are also quite aware that older age awaits them down the road so the last thing they want to see is you showing shame or discomfort because of your age. By being honest about your age with the kids, they will embrace you easily and you will have no difficulty teaching them.


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What advice do experience home tutor have for a part time new home tutors in Pune?

Sonlinetutor.com have more than 16000+ home tutors in Pune and keep growing its network . We just share experience of our existing experience personal tutor with you. So you this can help you for starting part time tutoring jobs in Pune for you.

Mukul’s Experience.

I’m a private maths home tutor in Pune and have been teaching from last 7 years now so I can share my experience  with you and give your some general advice.

Always have your schedule and plan it

Don’t available for anytime anywhere as that’s what parents  will expect from all home tutors. You have to plan your time for tutoring and note down time slots you are comfortable to take. For example if you are not comfortable for early morning tuition than never say yes for it. Take your comfortable time, as it will become hectic for you. You will not be  able to manage your whole day if you do not have habit to wake up at early morning. Trust me it is frustrating after sometime so  I always preferred evening time or late afternoons. That is what’s work best for me. So you can check your comfortable times.  In addition to that always make schedule of your time slots. Just check you are not giving same time slots to two different parents. That’s why I recommend you to have Google Calendar or calendar APP to take care about your schedule. It will help you to manage yourself and able to give idea about your time availability. After two years of tutoring I understand it better and now make it a habit. Getting students for tutoring is not a problem because Sonlinetutor helps me to fix my slots in very less time.

Transportation

Always decide at first  what distance you can  cover for tutoring. Never try to cover long distances because you will ended up with less tuition and your maximum time just go into travelling. Do not do it even if you have your own vehicle to commute. Because travelling time and travelling cost both are high for it. When I started tutoring ,I was like to accept each kind of tutoring proposal, which results I was travelling 20 KM each day. After sometime I left all long distance tuition and take students from one area. You have to wait for sometime but you definitely get students in your locality.

Prices

You might know few tutors who get paid Rs 750 to Rs 1500 for  an hour tutoring but for fresher part time tutor always  put your rates bit lower than other tutors . This will help you in two ways , you are able to book a demo class at least while having a less experience and chances for tuition  conversion also increase. Always  look for  what other tutor charge in your area and go little bit low , not to gain more clients by undercutting the competition, but because you’re new and inexperienced tutor.

Experience

Make sure you have all documents and references from previous clients with you while going for the demo. I always recommend new tutor to make a mini CV which includes your local address, permanent address, mobile number,Qualification and previous clients references etc. You can also includes  ID proof xerox with it to increase your credibility. Always try to include previous student’s grades and what subject tutoring you’ve done in CV. Don’t lie. If you haven’t done before than never say yes for it.

In first demo class never say “I’ve never done any part time tutoring before but I would like to start from you ” say something more like: “I have experience in part time tutoring other students in my school as well as I was teaching my friends and family, and am now become a full time tutor.”

Contact

Always try to set up a connection between you , student and parents in first demo class. Do not start you demo class from teaching. Try to talk with them , discuss why they want a home tutor. In case you want can use Sonlinetutor’s checklist, print it and take with you. Ask this questions to parents so you know much about student. Afterwards try to get familiar with student because you have to remember it is personal face to face tutoring. So make student and parents comfortable with you.  

Planning lessons

This is very important after a demo session. If you got selected than always try to make a lesson plans for a week at least. Always try to  find out in advance when they are having  exams, time table for exams,subjects to be covered,portion to be completed, aims etc. and plan accordingly  a schedule for each student. Always maintain a file for it and record each student plan with you. So you can check later what to be covered and what to be teach. Try to take a xeros of syllabus and keep record in your personal file so that you know what to be get done for the classes. Once you’ve done for one student you will understand how much easier and  relaxing for your to take care about each and every student.

The lessons

Be flexible to teaching methodologies. Adjust to student’s  preferred learning pace.Never go with only tradition teaching methodologies. Try to include visuals, animation and other charts to explain the concept. Try to find out which methods work best for your student and design custom teaching plans and teaching methodologies for him.

If they learn well from short notes, give them extra notest which you will get from Sonlinetutor. Sonlinetutor.com having third party tie up for student material. So you can request it from them, they will provide you in free of cost.

Other

Be lenient but always ask payments on time. For payments you can use free invoice tools, Generate invoice and send them before month completion.  If they forget to pay tuition fee then just send a reminder email or text on What’s App. Never refuse a lesson for money reason because it give bad impression that you are money minded. So focus on money but in flexible way.

Never Lie

Don’t lie with student or pretend to know something you don’t. Student will catch up with you eventually and you have bad impression with student .So If you don’t know the answer to a particular question then ask for time.  Tell them you’ll get back to them after a day. But it does not mean you leave that question, try to solve it by your own and explain in next class. Always do it. That will increase your trust and repo with student.

Finally

Hopefully this experience  helps you , Feel free to ask anything with me or Sonlientutor, They are good mentor for tutors. So you can take any kind of help with them.

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