This post has nothing to do with tutoring. One of the great things about working as a freelance web writer and private tutor is that I set my hours. When an opportunity arises, I can usually alter my work schedule.
I was lucky enough to have the chance to go up North to see my niece and nephew and my brother and sister-in-law in Illinois this past weekend. Other than the cello concert by my niece, the highlight for me was returning to one of my favorite restaurants, the Landmark Cafe, in Galesburg. If you pass by the bustling metro that is Galesburg, be sure to stop on Seminary Street and visit the Landmark.
Everyone should have a bowl of Landmark’s spinach bisque and some peasant bread before leaving the planet. I have a dessert crepe too, but I’m crazy like that.
If you’re summer plan is to hunker down and study for the PSAT, SAT, or ACT, I feel sorry for you. Better still, I may be able to help you. Call Eric Anderson, the Tampa English Tutor, at 813.787.8959 or e-mail him at Tampa tutor at Tampa bay dot rr dot com.
Teaching writing is an amazingly subjective enterprise. I just finished a book about a middle school writing teacher and his students. I read it in hopes of finding some activities that I could do with my younger writing students.
As far as my goal for reading, mission accomplished. The book was well-written and contained a few good activities to teach story writing.
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Nevertheless, I was horrified by the sections describing the writing conferences and by the advice that the writing teacher reports having given to parents at several points in the story. He admits to steeling a set of student tests and to advising a parent who was considering private school that his son could be just as easily corrupted by classmates at a private school as by classmates at a public school. It’s hard to imagine someone so insensitive to a father that he or she would offer up that bit of unsolicited wisdom.
Some days I feel like I am not a good writing teacher, but I know better than to do that. I guess the dozen people who gave this writing teacher’s book five star reviews weren’t bothered by either of those details.
I looked at reviews of the book on Amazon, and everyone else seemed to have enjoyed it, but I found myself rolling my eyes and feeling sorry for the kids. I’m not naming names, just venting, I guess.
The book is a good reminder of how many different approaches there are to teaching writing and to dealing with people.
Eric Anderson is a writing tutor. He lives in Wesley Chapel, Florida, and tutors students in Pasco and Hillsborough Counties. If you have a student who would like help becoming a better writer, call Eric at 813.787.8959.
I really enjoy tutoring writing. I’m blessed to be able to do something that I like to do and get paid for it. Today I met one of my favorite students at the Panera on West Kennedy and worked with her on some ways to improve the assignments that she is doing for an online course at USF.
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I also got the chance to read a children’s book that I found at the New Tampa Friend’s of the Library bookstore. It’s Christopher Mouse: The Tale of a Small Traveler by William Wise. I think I will work on creating a writing prompt to go with the book for one of my younger students.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this story because it’s well written, fun to read, and nicely illustrated. I think it would appeal to 3rd to 5th graders who have strong reading skills. I hope my student will enjoy it as much as I did.
If your son or daughter would like some extra one-on-one help in reading, writing, grammar, or vocabulary, call Tampa English Tutor Eric Anderson. He tutors students in New Tampa, Wesley Chapel and Temple Terrace, Florida. Reach him at tampatutor at tampabay dot rr dot com or by calling 813.787.8959.