I am please to announce that I will be offering Summer Therapeutic Math Tutoring for students who have had a hard time in the math course this past school year and would benefit from individual sessions this summer to address their academic and emotional challenges with math and gear up for their next math course this fall. Here are some things that students and I will tackle together this summer:
Re-Learning the Hard Stuff -- Students will identify the math areas that were confusing and/or did not make sense to them in their last math course, and have opportunities to understand and master these skills and concepts. Not only does this boost the knowledge and skill base they will have for their next math class, but it helps to teach students to process of identifying what and how things in math are difficult for them and what they can do to address those difficulties.
Reflecting on Math Experiences -- Students will have opportunities to talk about what went well for them in math this year and what was difficult and frustrating. Through these conversations, students begin to learn more about themselves as math learners -- e.g., their strengths, their challenges, how they react when math becomes hard... As students learn more about themselves in relation to math, they can begin to ask and advocate for the types of support that they need.
Developing Active Learning and Metacognitive Skills -- Students will get lots of practice in engaging in active learning and metacognition. These skills are things like learning how to preview a textbook chapter, how to take meaningful notes, learning how to monitor and regulate your problem solving skills, knowing when you are stuck and what to do to get un-stuck. Different strategies work for different students, and we will be investigating which strategies work best for yours.
Learning Self-Regulation and Coping Skills -- Whether it's frustration, anger, anxiety, avoidance, or indifference, students will learn how to identify their negative reactions to math, and learn and practice techniques to regulate the emotions and behaviors that come up for them when math gets difficult.
I'm very excited to be working with students around these areas this summer. If you have any questions or you think your student might benefit from Summer Therapeutic Math Tutoring, please do not hesitate to contact me!
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Blending her backgrounds in mathematics education and educational/school psychology, Adena offers an integrated perspective to understanding and supporting students who struggle with math.