Challenging Advanced Level Students

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?

There are many online resources you can use to challenge your student if they seem too advanced for their grade level. Recently I have been using Khan Academy to differentiate instruction for my students who are either advanced or below grade level. If you set up an account, you can actually add on your student (or as many as 30 students if needed) and assign them lessons to work on.

You can also monitor their progress as well and see exactly what skills they need help with. Once you have them start completing several lessons on Khan Academy, then you can see what your student has mastered or what your student needs extra support with. The best part about Khan Academy is that all the videos, lessons, and activities are completely free!

The most important thing to remember with advanced students is to keep them continuously challenged! If they feel as if they content they are learning is too easy, look up the beginning of year standards for the following grade level and teach them the content. They’ll be excited to learn something new and expand their learning!

Other great resources for reading and math that are standards based is IXL. Although IXL is not a free website, you can choose the subject they want to learn (Math or Language Arts) and choose the topic. Make sure you click carefully about which topic to learn because IXL only gives out a few free problems per day.


Changing Attitudes and Behavior in your Tutoring Session (Webinar with School on Wheels)

As some of you know, I currently volunteer with the amazing organization School on Wheels which provides academic tutoring and other services to homeless children living in shelters, motels, foster homes, and on the streets in Southern California.

Recently I had the opportunity to host a webinar for tutors on how to positively change the attitude and behavior of the homeless students when participating in a tutoring session. It was lots of fun, and I just wanted to share here as well some of the strategies since they also work in the classroom.

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Google Slides Presentation 

Here is also a video of the entire webinar on YouTube!