Reflections from Brenda

Tutoring

What do you do for a small cut or scrape? Wash it and apply a band aid, right?Band-aid What would you do for a major cut? A trip to a doctor and some stitches might be necessary. Sometimes band aids are the right approach. They are for a short term purpose and then aren’t needed. Sometimes you need the more comprehensive approach to handle a deeper problem.

Tutoring can be the exact solution needed for some students. They just need help to get their thinking working, to get some polishing done on some skills, or a boost to get back on the academic track. But sometimes tutoring is like applying a band aid to a cut that really needs stitches. It looks fine on the surface for a short time, but the underlying problem really needs to be addressed for a real solution. If tutoring isn’t solving the problem for your learner, you may need to look deeper for a solution.

 


Reading Comprehension

How many times have you heard this: “Your child needs to work on reading comprehension.” Do you realize that reading comprehension is one of the most complex learning skills that we expect our children to master? It involves several parts of the brain that have to integrate information and process it to produce a result. And, to add to the fun, those several parts of the brain are not lined up nicely next to each other and they work at different speeds. So not only are we asking children to fire neurons from left brain to right brain and front brain to back brain and lower brain to upper brain, we are asking them to get these centers to coordinate and integrate their information. The vision pathway must read the letters and punctuation accurately; the language center must process the words into meaning; and the memory must be able to connect life experiences and previous learning to enhance what is being read so it all makes sense to the reader. The miracle to me is that some children come with brains wired and ready to handle such a complex task. The best readers are those who become unaware of the words themselves and begin to run a movie in their head of what the words say. But this process is not automatic for many children.

Yes, your child needs to work on reading comprehension. It is important. But which component of reading comprehension do they need to work on?

It will only be viable when your child has the underlying skills that let his brain function at the optimum level.

 


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