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Question: My student seems advanced for his age. He’s 11 and can complete most of the homework we do with only a little prompting. I’m looking for a way to challenge him in our sessions. Any ideas?
It’s wonderful that your student seems to be doing so well in school. First, I’d suggest making sure you are covering all of the bases in your sessions and not just working on homework that he knows is easy for him. Some students don’t want to work on their more difficult assignments in order to avoid looking ‘not smart’ in front of someone else. However, if this isn’t the case, there are several things you can do to challenge your student.
See what he would like to learn. If your student has a very inquisitive mind, it is likely he would enjoy exploring some of his interests. For example, if he enjoys science, he might enjoy doing an experiment with you. If sports is an interest, you might do some research together on a particular player or team. If he is an avid reader, maybe the two of you can select a more advanced novel or nonfiction book to read.
Introduce him to one of your passions. Whether it is your career, a hobby, or a subject you are very knowledgeable about, hearing about your interests will be inspiring to your student. Better still, bring in some props to illustrate–books, photographs, tools–anything you think will be a learning experience for him.
Chelsea invited our very own Skid Row Learning Center Instructor, Allison Maldonado on her show to talk about why education is important and what we should be doing to help more students learn.
Chelsea asks her dinner party guests about the teachers who made meaningful impacts on their lives. From the nun who saved Mary McCormack from first-grade humiliation to the ethics professor who could’ve made Rashida Jones throw her own ethics code out the window – it’s safe to say that a good (or good-looking) teacher can truly make a lasting impact.
Here are a few sound bites from the show:
Education is the antidote to ignorance
Education is the great equalizer
I want to empower my students through education to break the cycle of homelessness and help them to feel powerful and to feel strong.