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Make sure you make an effort to connect with a student personally before launching into the material for the day. It’s especially important to engage on this more informal level with online instruction, when being on a screen can, in...
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That heartbreaking scene: a father or a mother gasping for breath, quarantined in the hospital, cared for by a nurse with a mask strapped on so tightly and for so long that it bruises her and makes her eyes bulge,...
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It’s been a strange month. One of my students asked me what my day was like and the length of my answer was surprisingly long. The tedium I feel apparently doesn’t fit reality. “I wake up when my son starts...
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Make sure your backdrop looks professional (or at least marginally presntantable!). The angle of the screen matters… Seeing your cat napping casual side up on a pile of dirty socks might be cute to you, but it’s not a great...
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Make sure that you and the student have all of the same hard copy materials you will need. If it’s a math or a science that probably means a textbook. Spring for a cheap, used copy if needed. It will...
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HELPFUL TIP: How many times have you worked through a problem for more time than you probably should only to put down the answer for X in the wrong units, or forgotten a negative sign that threw off the answer,...
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HELPFUL TIP: This applies particularly to the SAT, which is notorious for “trap answers,” the ACT to lesser degree. On certain question types, it is wise to cover the answer choices (literally, like with your hand!) and predict the answer,...
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Program to help those disenfranchised students stuck at home watching YouTube videos and driving their parents CRAZY! Given that the Corona Virus has struck and cancelled and delayed most schools, I realize that many students are stuck at home, climbing...
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HELPFUL TIP: Slow yourself down a bit and make sure you understand what the question is asking you. Is it asking for meters or cubic meters? Is it asking for X or X+Y? Is it asking which sentence to eliminate...
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HELPFUL TIP: Avoid eating sugary or greasy foods on the day of the test, and limit what you eat a few days ahead of time. Ever had a stomach ache when you took a test? Doesn’t exactly make for ideal...
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