Embrace “Miss Takes”

“Miss Takes” …   No I don’t need spell check…I’ve purposely spelled “miss take” like this!  I invite you to think of making miss takes like how movie producers view a “miss take” when they are making a movie. The whole movie isn’t thrown out because someone makes a “miss take”, they just re-do it. Imagine if like was like …

Failing the Exam

  Tips for Studying Use these questions to start a conversation NOW with your son/daughter about their upcoming exams! By asking your child the following questions, you can give them the solutions found below each question!   1. Study Schedule:  “Let’s look at your exam schedule. And now, where is your study schedule?”     -Yes! Your child needs a study schedule! -When …

auditory learner

How to Succeed as an Auditory Learner

Imagine a school where you don’t have to take notes and you get to explain your understanding out loud every time you learn something new. In this school, completing homework just means you have to listen to a few songs before bed. And instead of composing essays, you can have a verbal discussion about the essay topic without writing a …

How to Read a Report Card…

 How to Read a Report Card & Not Judge or Compare our Kids… No Matter What the Grade! An A is great for certain kids, but some kids B is amazing. How to we help our kids to not judge themselves compared to others? Let me demystify grades for you! Our children’s worth in school is evaluated against preset standards …

Making Summer Count

Summer Learning Loss Individuals, regardless of background, age, or aptitude, exhibit deterioration of skills after prolonged periods of inactivity of the skill. Research from the mid-1950s to the present consistently confirms this idea. Depending on the task, level of initial proficiency, and duration of inactivity, human beings forget skills and knowledge over time.  In terms of summer breaks from school, …

Learning & Physical Activity

Learning and Physical Activity Every day we hear how we, and our children, need to be more physically active. The  Canadian Physical Activity Guide (CPAC) suggests that children need to accumulate at least 60 minutes of activity each day. They should also participate in vigorous activity and strengthening activities at least three days per week each. (http://www.csep.ca/CMFiles/Guidelines/CSEP-InfoSheets-child-ENG.pdf0).   This can …

Why not teach to the Test…

When I graduated from my Bachelor of Social Work and knew that profession wasn’t for me a natural leap was into teaching as the four years of communication skills and relating to people would make me a perfect candidate for a teacher…right?! I’ve always taught my students first, rather than the curriculum from the very moment I entered my first …

The Twist…explained :)!

  Let’s sum up the Twist, in Tutoring…With A Twist like this!We treat every child we meet like this iceberg. We don’t only work with what we see on the surface, we dig digger and unravel all the layers. It’s what makes The Twist so unique but it’s also what has our tutors so passionate about the work that they …

Using Media Effectively…

  In our house, we have some pretty tight restrictions around media. For instance, our children have to do something active to earn their media time. And then once it’s earned, they only get an hour of media on weekdays. And on Sundays, it’s a no-media day. So, anytime I see an opportunity where I can combine one of their …