Online Teaching: Virtual Prof Leslie Bowman

Leslie was one of my inspirations for trying online tutoring.  She teaches for a variety of colleges that have online classes.  As it says on her blog, Teach Online: Leslie Bowman is a full time online professor specializing in course design, development and instruction in the following fields/subject areas: English Comp Developmental English Professional Writing Developmental Writing Personal and Professional Communications Educational Technology Online Teaching Criminal Justice. Leslie graciously allowed me to write a guest post, Effective Online Tutoring, which describes the process I’m currently using with one of my tutoring clients who is in another state....

Inside Story Flashcards: Vocabulary Fun

I just received my flashcards from Inside Story and they are wonderful!  All kinds of fantastic words, illustrated by cats and dogs in one set, animals of all kinds in another, and the city of Seattle in a third set. There are more than 900 free, printable flashcards on the website as well.  They range from cards for Kids and English Learners (Basic and Easy) to SAT words (Medium) all the way to words for the GRE and beyond (Hard).  You can hear the words pronounced, study the words by hiding the definition, or print the cards.  New words are added often, according to the website. I learned something while perusing the Hard words—I am NOT an Ailurophile, a person who likes cats. However, I DO love them in their hilarious poses on these cards!...

Squishing Squash, Pinching Peppers!

Dexteria, Jr. averted a cupcake meltdown this morning!  This new app by Binary Labs was a lifesaver with my 4 1/2 year old grandson. He was immediately fascinated by the games and stayed engaged for nearly an hour.  His favorite comment, “Awesome!!!”  His next favorite comment? “This is Awesome!” According to an email from the developer: We developed it in response to the OTs, parents, and teachers who love Dexteria but say that sometimes the activities are too hard for the younger kids.  So we designed new activities for smaller hands and younger minds. We added music, characters, sprite animations, and some surprises to make it fun and engaging for preschoolers and toddlers. The Science Behind Dexteria Jr. – The Motor-Cognitive Link It’s common knowledge that fine motor skills help a child succeed in school with tasks like handwriting, using scissors, manipulating objects, etc.  However, recent research shows that fine motor skills also develop the same brain function as used in reading, mathematics, and science.  Research shows there is a strong relationship between the development of fine motor skills in early childhood and later success in math, reading, and science. Dexteria Jr. targets the sweet-spot age group for developing fine motor skills and associated cognitive function. It’s important to master fine motor skills by age 6 to help ensure later academic success. After playing with my grandson, I can say that Dexteria, Jr., meets its goals.  In Squish the Squash, the child taps a cute little squash, which goes flat and makes a satisfying ‘splat’ sound.  The app tracks how many squash are tapped and how long it takes for...