An Educational Perspective

Today’s post is from our Educational Director, Mr. Jerry.

Why is teaching at TRC Tutor so much fun?

It is the freedom you get when you can work one on one with a student. When we look at a student as a whole person, we see both cognitive and emotional intelligences, and we see how these intelligences interact to support or impede learning. The freedom comes in having a much larger number of approaches to use in solving a school performance issue.

One approach of traditional tutoring is the pencil and paper, drill and repeat routine with a knowledgeable person beside the student showing him or her what to do. Another way is the electronic computer approach with a game-like presentation of information and repeated practice with much color, movement, and sound. Neither of these approaches consider emotional intelligence. Becoming proficient at one particular subset of a subject does not automatically eliminate the stress and anxiety that came with the learning issue in the first place.

Our combination of the many fun therapeutic recreation techniques for stress reduction and anxiety management along with our unique differentiated academic approaches make us different. (We rarely sit at a desk or use pencil and paper in our sessions, but we are seriously working.) Seeing the student as a whole person and using that person’s natural strengths makes each tutoring session different from the previous session. The student changes with each session and so do our teaching strategies. It is creatively challenging to find new approaches and very rewarding to see a student become a resilient and confident learner.

That is what makes teaching at TRC Tutor so much fun.

By Enjoying Life!

I am a NC Licensed and Nationally Certified Recreational Therapist, a wife, parent, friend, band geek, photographer, nature lover, swimmer, and artist. Actually, I'm interested in just about everything since I have an "insatiable curiosity". Managing stress, relaxation, and the mind-body connection is a favorite interest of mine. What is known about the brain is absolutely fascinating in its complexity and the effects it has on the body and this knowledge is developing by the second. The research is astounding! Since I have been involved in learning and public education through contracting work for decades, it just makes sense to start TRC Tutor, which is why I went back to school to get my Master's all of those years ago!

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