30-11-2018

So … this evening was a short one as Master R took an hour out from his evening with friends to work on his Shakespeare introduction. It’s a subject I’ve always enjoyed from Twelfth Night to Midsummer Nights Dream. Was great for discussion and research this evening! Well Done 👍

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24-11-2018

My day began with Master H who was on form with a record breaking speed maths attempt, reading homework on the Christmasaurus completed like a legend and a really positive attitude before his best friend’s birthday party!

Then onto Miss C, who came up with a great acrostic poem for her reading homework and is starting to master those tricky 3 and 4 times tables! Well Done 👍

My Middle Man K is feeling better after missing his lesson on Thursday and boy… he is back on form! With practise SATS questions, four pages of Singapore Maths. Sight words mastered and on the final level of Teach your Monster to Read!

My last man today, Mr T did some great sight reading and has been working on his reading with the help of Reading Eggs. Two books demolished and some independent writing! A fab session 🙂

Last but by no means least … My bigger Miss C! Looking at sentence structure, blending and segmenting unfamiliar words and building up Monster Reading 🙂

And now I’m going home to relax….

23-11-2018

My Friday nights are spent with Master R, who challenges my teaching with his creative and questioning mind. After a few weeks of Animal Farm, last night went back to creative writing, my favourite!

But writing with a twist… by being restricted to a 100 word limit, the importance of planning and word choice definitely was the order of the evening!

A busy few weeks…

I’ve had the pleasure of starting with seven new pupils ranging from five to twelve years old.

Over the next week, I will be meeting five new pupils too!

It has given me a new respect for Ipswich and some of its lovely aspects. I’ve been able to pop into Christchurch Mansion and Holywells Park. As well as walking along the developing waterfront, I’ve been spending more time in town than I used to and remembering nice restaurants and cafes, parks and buildings.

Trust Yourself

Trust Yourself. You know more than you think you do.

Dr Spock

It’s a quote I use with my pupils quite a lot (usually once I’ve explained who he is!)

Boosting my pupils’ confidence is one of my key aims. There are many quotes I could throw around along the lines of “If you believe it, you can do it!” And motivation is important too, but self-esteem is a huge help to confidence, motivation and success. 

I am not lost…

Working with pupils of different ages and learning styles – this quote definitely relates. Not everyone learns the same and the routes and directions always change! But the destination stays the same, just maybe with some different stops along the way. That’s why one-to-one tutoring can benefit so many pupils just by eliminating some of the distractions in their world.