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How to Change Passive Learners to Active Thinkers

Embracing a Curiosity-Driven Approach to Education

A Wiseman said, “never explain things to people without them first asking you.”1

I agree with it because this statement is usually interpreted to mean that you should not force unsolicited advice or explanations onto people. Instead, you should wait for them to ask questions or seek your input before sharing your knowledge or opinions.

There are a few reasons why this approach can be beneficial. First, when someone asks you for an explanation or advice, it shows that they are interested and engaged in the conversation. They are more likely to be receptive to what you have to say and to remember it better.

Second, when you offer unsolicited explanations, it can come across as patronizing or condescending, especially if the person already knows or understands the information. This can create tension or resentment in the relationship.

Finally, waiting for someone to ask for your input allows them to take ownership of the conversation or situation. They are more likely to feel empowered and confident in their decision-making if they have actively sought out advice or explanations.

A good teacher can use the advice of “never explain things to people without them first asking you” in their teaching method by fostering a culture of curiosity and inquiry in the classroom. By creating a classroom environment that values curiosity and inquiry, teachers can encourage students to ask questions and engage more deeply with the material. When students feel empowered to ask questions and challenge ideas, they are more likely to retain information and develop critical thinking skills. Here are some tips:

  • Make it clear that you welcome questions and that there are no stupid questions. Encourage students to ask for clarification or to challenge their ideas.
  • Rather than giving students all the answers, use open-ended questions to prompt them to think critically and engage with the material. For example, instead of asking “What is the capital of France?” ask “Why do you think Paris is an important city in Europe?”
  • Use real-world examples and case studies to make the material more relevant and engaging for students. Encourage students to apply the concepts they are learning to real-life situations and to ask questions about how the material applies to their own lives.
  • Use group discussions and debates to encourage students to engage with each other and to ask questions. Encourage students to challenge each other’s ideas and to ask follow-up questions to deepen their understanding.
  • When students do ask questions, provide them with thoughtful and constructive feedback. This can help to build their confidence and to encourage them to ask more questions in the future.

By creating a classroom environment that values curiosity and inquiry, teachers can encourage students to ask questions and engage more deeply with the material. When students feel empowered to ask questions and challenge ideas, they are more likely to retain information and develop critical thinking skills.

If you are interested in this subject like me, I encourage you to dig into the following resources:

Center for Curiosity: The Center for Curiosity is a nonprofit organization that is dedicated to advancing the understanding and application of curiosity in all areas of life, including education. Their website includes resources and tools for educators on how to promote curiosity in the classroom.

Edutopia: Edutopia is a website that provides resources and tools for educators on a wide range of topics, including how to promote curiosity in the classroom. Their website includes articles, videos, and other resources on how to create a classroom environment that values curiosity.

The Foundation of Critical Thinking: is a nonprofit organization that is dedicated to promoting critical thinking skills in education and society. Their website includes resources and tools for educators on how to teach critical thinking skills in the classroom.

TeachThought: Teach Thought is a website that provides resources and tools for educators on a wide range of topics, including how to improve critical thinking skills. Their website includes articles, videos, and other resources on how to teach critical thinking skills in the classroom.

Also, there are many books that can help you enjoy teaching even more:

  • The Power of Questioning: Opening Up the World of Student Inquiry” by Starr Sackstein
  • The Power of Curiosity: How to Have Real Conversations That Create Collaboration, Innovation and Understanding” by Kathy Taberner and Kirsten Taberner Siggins
  • “Curiosity: The Fuel That Drives Learning” by Bryan Goodwin and Tonia Gibson
  • “Teaching for Curiosity: Fostering Students’ Own Questions” by William F. McComas
  • “The Curious Classroom: 10 Structures for Teaching with Student-Directed Inquiry” by Harvey “Smokey” Daniels
  • Inquiry Mindset: Nurturing the Dreams, Wonders, and Curiosities of Our Youngest Learners” by Trevor MacKenzie and Rebecca Bathurst-Hunt
  • “The Big Book of Curiosity: Teaching for Curiosity in the Classroom” by Jim Stovall and Raymond Hull
  • “The Inquiry Approach to Science Teaching and Learning” by John L. Luft and Ronald A. Beghetto
  • “Empowering Students to Inquiry: Using the 5Es for Guided Inquiry Learning” by John D. Carpinelli and Heather L. Petcovic
  • “The Curiosity Manifesto: Creating a World Where People Ask Questions and Explore Freely” by G. Michael Maddock and Raphael Louis Vitón
  • Teach Like a PIRATE: Increase Student Engagement, Boost Your Creativity, and Transform Your Life as an Educator” by Dave Burgess.


1 The quote “never explain things to people without them first asking you” is often attributed to Paulo Coelho, the Brazilian author, and philosopher, but it’s unclear if he ever actually said it. In fact, the origins of this quote are difficult to trace, and it’s possible that it was said by someone else entirely. Nevertheless, the sentiment behind the quote is widely recognized and has been echoed by many other thinkers and writers throughout history.


AI: Redefining the Way We Live and Work

Technological advancements in recent years have given rise to the development of artificial intelligence (AI), which has become a widely used and talked-about concept. While some people are wary of the potential impact of AI, I have always been a patinate believer in its ability to provide numerous benefits to society. My conviction in the potential of AI to transform our world was bolstered years ago when one of my close friends was part of the AI linguistics project at Sorbonne University in Paris. I was excited about the project’s potential to provide access to big data in one place, and I continue to believe in the values that AI can bring to our lives.

One significant benefit of AI is that it can make our lives more convenient and efficient. For example, personal assistants like Siri and Alexa can help us to manage our daily tasks, such as scheduling appointments, setting reminders, and playing music, among other things. Additionally, AI can be used in healthcare to help doctors and researchers to identify patterns in medical data, and to develop more effective treatments. AI can also be used in the transportation sector to improve traffic management and optimize routing and scheduling for public transportation systems.

Chat GPT also known as GPT is a large language model developed by OpenAI and it has been said that it is a leader in its field. When I asked Chat GPT “Why is Elon Musk Afraid of You?” it responded:

“As an AI language model, I don’t have a physical form or consciousness, and I don’t have the ability to cause harm or be feared. It’s possible that you are referring to the concerns that Elon Musk has expressed about the development and use of artificial intelligence in general. Musk has expressed concerns that AI could potentially become too powerful and eventually surpass human intelligence, potentially leading to a future where AI dominates humans. This has led him to advocate for responsible AI development and to support research into ensuring that AI is developed and used in an ethical and safe way. However, it’s important to note that his concerns are not specific to any particular AI system, including myself as a language model.”


It is clear that some people believe AI has the potential to take over the world and that it is being used for nefarious purposes. These conspiracy theories are often exaggerated or unfounded, but they continue to persist in popular culture. One such theory is that AI will eliminate many jobs and lead to widespread unemployment. While it’s true that some jobs may be replaced by AI, new jobs will also be created, and AI can help workers to be more efficient and productive in their work. 

Some other conspiracies about AI are: 

  • The AI agenda: This theory suggests that powerful individuals or organizations are using AI to further their agendas, whether that be to control the population, manipulate elections, or carry out other nefarious activities.
  • The AI deception: This theory proposes that AI is not what it appears to be and that it is actually being used for hidden purposes that are not in the best interests of humanity. Some people believe that AI is being used to collect personal data and monitor people’s behavior, without their knowledge or consent.
  • The AI singularity: This theory proposes that at some point in the future, AI will become so intelligent that it will be capable of improving itself at an exponential rate. This could lead to a rapid acceleration in AI development and an unpredictable future for humanity.

Despite all these horrifying theories, and as a consultant, I believe that small business owners can benefit greatly from using AI to improve their businesses. For example, AI can help business owners to analyze customer data and to identify patterns in customer behavior, which can inform business decisions. Additionally, AI can automate routine tasks and reduce the workload for business owners, which can free up time to focus on other aspects of the business.

For example, if you have an online teaching business you might think of the following ways of using AI to improve your business: 

  1. Data analysis: AI can analyze student performance data from past courses and provide insights on which topics and skills were most challenging for students. This can help teachers identify the areas that require more attention and tailor their course objectives accordingly.
  2. Natural language processing: AI can analyze textbooks, scholarly articles, and other sources of information on a given subject using natural language processing techniques. This can help teachers identify the most important concepts and skills to focus on in their course objectives.
  3. Personalized learning: AI can analyze student data and provide personalized learning experiences based on each student’s strengths and weaknesses. Teachers can use this information to adjust their course objectives to better meet the needs of individual students.
  4. Content creation: AI can help teachers create course materials, such as quizzes, exercises, and assessments, that are aligned with the course objectives. This can help ensure that students are learning what they need to meet the learning outcomes of the course.

I remain convinced that AI has the potential to provide numerous benefits to society. While some people may be wary of its impact, I believe that AI can help to make our lives more convenient, efficient, and productive. Small business owners can benefit from using AI to improve their business, and I hope to see more widespread adoption of this technology in the years to come.

Introducing My Ultimate Guide to Building a Successful Online Teaching Business

Are you passionate about teaching and looking to turn your passion into a profitable career? If so, I have great news for you! As a seasoned business consultant with extensive experience in helping small business owners, I have compiled my knowledge and experience into a comprehensive guide to starting and running a successful online teaching business.

For years, I have shared my expertise through blog posts or Twitter, but now I’ve taken it one step further by gathering those posts together and adding my own experiences to make it an even more comprehensive guide. This eBook is the result of my passion for helping individuals turn their love for teaching into a fulfilling and profitable career.

In my book, I cover every aspect of starting and running an online teaching business, from initial planning to marketing and beyond. I emphasize the importance of strong communication skills, empathy, and a deep understanding of the subject matter for success in the coaching, teaching, and tutoring professions. I also highlight the possibility of delivering these services both online and in-person and the ongoing nature of the project as the industry evolves.

I’m thrilled to share my book first with you and even more thrilled to announce that it is free on Amazon Kindle for the next 5 days. This is a great opportunity for those who are interested in starting their own online teaching business to get their hands on this valuable resource at no cost.

I would love to receive your feedback and hope that my book will be a powerful tool for those looking to turn their passion for teaching into a thriving online business. So, don’t wait, grab your copy today and start your journey toward financial freedom and professional fulfillment.

Influencer Marketing: A Powerful Tool for Online Teaching Businesses

Influencer marketing

Influencer marketing refers to the practice of partnering with individuals who have a large following on social media or other online platforms to promote a product or service. The idea behind this approach is that people trust recommendations from individuals they follow, so when an influencer endorses a product, it can have a significant impact on the audience.

Influencer marketing can be beneficial for a wide range of businesses, but some types of businesses may see a particularly large impact. Some examples of businesses that may benefit from influencer marketing include fashion and beauty, food and beverage, travel and hospitality, technology, and electronics.

Online teaching businesses can use influencer marketing as a way to reach a wider audience and increase brand awareness. Here are a few ways an online teaching business can utilize influencer marketing:

  • Partnering with education influencers: Online teaching businesses can partner with educators or influencers who have a large following of students or parents to promote their services and reach their target audience.
  • Sponsoring online education events: Online teaching businesses can sponsor online education events hosted by influencers and educators to increase their exposure and reach a wider audience.
  • Product demonstrations: Influencers can demonstrate the features and benefits of the online teaching platform in a way that is relatable and appealing to their followers, generating interest and encouraging sign-ups.
  • Collaborations: Online teaching businesses can collaborate with influencers and educators to create unique and engaging educational content that can be shared with their followers.
  • Influencer-led courses: Online teaching businesses can work with influencers to create courses taught by the influencer, tapping into their expertise and appealing to their followers.

Influencer marketing can be a time-consuming task for teachers who are starting an online small business, but it can also be a highly effective way to reach a large audience and promote their services. The amount of time involved will depend on the approach and strategy chosen, but here are a few things to keep in mind:

Researching influencers: Identifying the right influencer to partner with can take time, as it’s important to find someone who aligns with the business’s values and has a following that matches the target demographic.

Building relationships: Building a relationship with influencers takes time and effort, as it’s important to establish trust and communication in order to work together effectively.

Creating content: Creating content with influencers can also take time, as it’s essential to ensure that the content is high-quality, engaging, and relevant to the target audience.

Tracking results: It’s also important to track the results of the influencer marketing campaign and adjust the approach as needed, which can also take time.

While influencer marketing can be time-consuming, it can also be a highly effective way for online small businesses to reach a large audience, increase brand awareness, and generate leads. It’s important to balance the time and resources invested in influencer marketing with the potential return on investment to determine if it’s a good fit for the business.

Influencer marketing can be a powerful tool for businesses to reach their target audience, but it also has some disadvantages that businesses should be aware of:

  • Cost: Influencer marketing can be expensive, especially for businesses that partner with high-profile influencers.
  • Lack of control: When working with influencers, businesses may have less control over the messaging and tone of the content, which can lead to inconsistent or unexpected results.
  • Questionable authenticity: Some influencers may not actually use the products they are promoting, which can lead to a lack of authenticity and trust among their followers.
  • Difficulty measuring ROI: It can be challenging to accurately measure the return on investment (ROI) from influencer marketing, as it can be difficult to track the impact of the campaign on sales and brand awareness.
  • Misaligned audiences: Choosing the wrong influencer can result in a misalignment with the target audience, leading to ineffective campaigns and a waste of resources.
  • Reputational risk: Influencer marketing can also be risky for businesses if the influencer engages in controversial behavior or has a history of making inappropriate comments. This can negatively impact the reputation of the business and its brand.

Here are a few books related to influencer marketing that you may find useful:

  1. “Influence Marketing: How to Create, Manage, and Measure Brand Advocates in Social Media Marketing” by Stephanie Diamond
  2. “The Art of Influencer Marketing: How Brands and Influencers Work Together to Create Authentic Content and Drive Success” by Joeri van den Bergh and Mattias Behrer
  3. “Influencer: Building Your Personal Brand in the Age of Social Media” by Brittany Hennessy
  4. “The Influencer Playbook: How to Launch and Build a Successful Influencer Marketing Program” by Mark Schaefer
  5. “The Business of Influence: New Marketing Strategies for Uncertain Times” by Ryan Deiss and Russ Henneberry
  6. “Creative Strategy and the Business of Design” by Douglas Davis

Implementing “Referral Marketing” as a Business Strategy

For Your Online Teaching Business

Referral marketing is a type of marketing strategy that encourages customers to refer their friends and family to a business or product. It works by providing incentives to customers who refer their friends and family, such as discounts or other rewards. When a customer refers someone, they receive a unique referral code or link, which they can then share with their friends and family. When someone clicks on this link or enters the code, they will be directed to the business or product website, and the customer who referred them will receive an incentive.

Here are some ways you can use referral marketing as a strategy for your online teaching business:

  • Offer incentives: Offer discounts or bonuses to current students who refer new students to your online teaching business.
  • Leverage your satisfied students: Encourage satisfied students to spread the word about your business to their network.
  • Partner with complementary businesses: Partner with other online education businesses or websites that complement your services to cross-promote each other’s services.
  • Use email marketing: Send an email to your current students asking them to refer their friends and family to your online teaching business. Offer them a discount or bonus for each successful referral.
  • Implement a referral tracking system: Set up a system to track referrals and reward referrers for their efforts. This can be done through a referral code or a referral tracking link.

By implementing these strategies, you can tap into the power of word-of-mouth marketing and grow your online teaching business through referral marketing.

Pros and Cons:

referral marketing can be a successful strategy. According to a 2018 survey by Nielson, 84% of consumers said they either somewhat or completely trusted referrals from people they knew. Additionally, referred customers are more loyal and spend more than customers acquired through other methods. However, you should consider both pros and cons before using this strategy.

Increased trust: Referrals come from trusted sources, which can increase the likelihood of new customers making a purchase.Limited reach: Referral marketing relies on the network of your current customers, which may limit the reach of your marketing efforts.
Lower acquisition costs: Acquiring new customers through referrals is often less expensive than other forms of marketing.Reliance on current customers: Your referral marketing success is reliant on the willingness of your current customers to refer new business.
High conversion rates: Referral marketing often results in higher conversion rates compared to other forms of marketing.Lack of control: You have limited control over the message that is being spread through referrals, which can result in inconsistent messaging.
Positive word of mouth: Satisfied customers are likely to spread positive word of mouth about your business, which can lead to even more referrals.Difficult to measure: Measuring the success of referral marketing can be difficult, as it is often hard to track the source of new business.
Referral Marketing Pors and Cons

Why Online Tutors Should Prioritize Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in their Business

Diversity, equity, and inclusion (DE&I) are critical concepts that are becoming increasingly important in today’s world. DE&I is about creating an environment that values, respects and includes people of all backgrounds and identities, recognizing that we all have unique experiences and perspectives that shape how we see the world. This can be achieved through a commitment to recognizing and addressing the effects of historical and systemic discrimination, promoting fairness and equity, and creating an inclusive culture where everyone feels respected and valued.

As an entrepreneur or small business owner, understanding and implementing DE&I principles is essential for the success of your business. Failure to consider DE&I can lead to a homogeneous workforce, lack of understanding of your customer base, and ultimately, lack of innovation and missed business opportunities. This is particularly important for online tutors, as they have to be very mindful of how they conduct their business and ensure that they are creating an inclusive and equitable environment for their students and employees. DE&I is not just a “nice to have” or a “box-checking” exercise, but it is a critical aspect of running a successful and sustainable business. By committing to DE&I, entrepreneurs and small business owners can create a more innovative and empathetic workforce, better serve their diverse customers, and ultimately achieve better business results.

Online tutors should be careful to follow DE&I guidelines because it is important to create a safe and inclusive environment for all students, regardless of their background or identity. This includes being aware of and addressing any unconscious biases or stereotypes that may influence the way they interact with and teach their students. Additionally, DE&I helps to ensure that all students have an equal opportunity to succeed, which is essential for creating a fair and just society. Failure to follow DE&I guidelines can lead to discrimination, marginalization, and exclusion of certain groups, which can have negative consequences for both the affected students and the overall learning environment. It also will put your business reputation at risk. 

Here are some situational examples:

  • Unconscious bias: An online tutor may unconsciously assume that a student from a certain cultural background is not as academically capable as their peers, and may therefore not provide the same level of support or challenge to that student.
  • Stereotypes: An online tutor may assume that a female student is not interested in a certain subject, such as math or science, and may not provide as many opportunities for that student to engage with those subjects.
  • Discrimination: An online tutor may treat a student differently based on their race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, or other aspects of their identity, and may deny them opportunities or access to resources that are available to their peers.
  • Marginalization: An online tutor may not take into account the unique needs and experiences of students from underrepresented groups, and may not provide them with the support and accommodations they need to succeed.
  • Exclusion: An online tutor may create an environment in which certain students feel unwelcome or unsupported, and may discourage them from participating in class or seeking help when needed.

There are several ways to train oneself to DE&I in daily life:

Educate yourselfLearn about the different forms of discrimination and bias, as well as the ways in which they can manifest in daily interactions. Read books, articles, and research papers on the subject, and attend workshops or training sessions on DE&I
Reflect on your own biasesTake the time to examine your own beliefs and attitudes, and consider how they may have been shaped by your upbringing, environment, and experiences. Try to identify any unconscious biases or stereotypes that you may hold.
Seek out diverse perspectivesMake an effort to engage with people from different backgrounds and perspectives. Listen to their stories and perspectives and try to understand their experiences.
Take actionOnce you are aware of an issue, take steps to address it. This could mean speaking up when you witness discrimination or bias, or actively working to create a more inclusive environment in your workplace, school, or community.
Continuously learn and improveDE&I is a continuous process, so it is important to continue to educate yourself and reflect on how you can improve your own practice.

Effective Strategies for Branding Your Online Tutoring Business

Start by building a solid online presence through a professional website, social media, and online marketplaces. Building a strong online presence is crucial for reaching and attracting potential students for your online tutoring business. There are several ways to do this:

  • Create a professional website: A website is the foundation of your online presence. It should be easy to navigate, visually appealing, and contain information about your qualifications, experience, services offered, and contact details.
  • Utilize social media: Social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn are powerful tools for building relationships and connecting with potential students. Use them to share updates, helpful resources, and testimonials. (Read more here)
  • Join online marketplaces: Online marketplaces like Craigslist, Upwork, and Fiverr can be a great way to reach potential students. You can create a profile, list your services, and connect with potential students.
  • Optimize for search engines: Make sure your website is search engine optimized (SEO) so that it appears at the top of search engine results when people search for online tutors.

Networking is a key part of building a successful business, and it can be especially valuable for online tutors looking to expand their reach and connect with potential students. Networking with other educators and tutors in your field can be a great way to build relationships and grow your online tutoring business. Here are some ways to do it:

  • Attend online conferences: Online conferences are a great way to connect with other educators and tutors. You can learn about new teaching strategies and technologies, and network with other attendees.
  • Join online groups: Join online groups related to your field of expertise, such as Facebook groups or LinkedIn groups. Participate in discussions, share helpful resources, and connect with other educators and tutors.
  • Reach out to other tutors for collaborations or referrals: Collaborating with other tutors can be a great way to expand your reach and attract more students. You can also ask other tutors for referrals, which can help you build your client base.
  • Join professional organizations: Joining professional organizations such as the National Tutoring Association or the International Association of Tutoring Professionals can also be a great way to network with other educators and tutors, access professional development opportunities and resources, and learn about industry trends.
  • Make use of online tutoring platforms: Online tutoring platforms such as VIPKid, Preply, and italki offer opportunities to work with other tutors and educators, and also provide a platform for you to connect with potential students.

Finally, don’t forget to always be professional. Providing excellent customer service is essential for keeping your students satisfied and returning for more tutoring. By providing excellent customer service, you can establish a positive reputation and build long-term relationships with your students, which can help to grow your online tutoring business. Here are some ways to do it:

  • Be responsive: Respond promptly to any inquiries or questions from your students, and make sure to be available during your scheduled tutoring sessions.
  • Be flexible: Be open to working with your students’ schedules and preferences, and make adjustments if needed.
  • Provide valuable feedback: Provide regular feedback on your students’ progress and offer constructive criticism to help them improve.
  • Tailor your teaching style: Adapt your teaching style to suit each student’s learning needs and preferences.
  • Continuously improve: Continuously improve your teaching methods and stay up to date on the latest teaching strategies and technologies to ensure that you’re providing the best service possible.
  • Show genuine interest in your student: Show a genuine interest in your student’s progress, and make sure they feel heard and understood.
  • Be professional: Maintain a professional attitude and demeanor at all times, and avoid discussing personal or controversial topics during tutoring sessions.

Online Tutoring Business – Create Your Own Planner

In my busy life with a child and two jobs, I realized that I need to plan to keep track of multiple tasks that I had. Daily planning helps to improve our lives because it allows us to prioritize tasks, set goals, and manage our time more effectively. By creating a plan for each day, we are able to focus on the most important tasks and ensure that we are making progress toward our goals. Further, daily planning can help to reduce stress and improve productivity by ensuring that we are not wasting time on unimportant tasks or getting bogged down in distractions.

Tutors can use daily planners to help them stay organized and on track with their teaching efforts. Here are a few ways that daily planners can be useful for tutors:

  • Scheduling lessons: Tutors can use daily planners to schedule lessons with students, ensuring that they have enough time to prepare and that they’re not overbooked.
  • Preparing lesson plans: Daily planners can be used to prepare lesson plans, outlining the material to be covered and the activities that will be used to teach it.
  • Tracking student progress: Tutors can use daily planners to track student progress, noting areas where students are struggling and areas where they are excelling.
  • Setting goals: Tutors can use daily planners to set and track progress towards goals, such as improving student test scores or helping students achieve certain grades.
  • Managing time: Daily planners can help tutors to manage their time more effectively by breaking down work into smaller tasks and creating a schedule to follow.
  • Communicating with parents: Tutors can use daily planners to schedule and record communication with parents, such as phone calls or meetings, to keep them informed about their child’s progress.
  • Recording and analyzing performance: Tutors can use daily planners to track and analyze the performance of their lessons and make adjustments as needed.

To create a daily plan, you can follow these steps:

  1. Set specific, measurable, and achievable goals for the day.
  2. Prioritize tasks based on importance and deadline.
  3. Break larger tasks into smaller, manageable chunks.
  4. Allocate specific time blocks for each task.
  5. Consider including breaks and leisure time in your plan.
  6. Review and adjust your plan as necessary throughout the day.
  7. Track your progress and reflect on what worked and what didn’t at the end of the day.

Daily planning is a valuable tool for helping us achieve our goals and live more fulfilling lives. I share one of my daily planners with you that you can easily edit in Canva or make your own. Use this link to have access to this free template. Canva sign-in is needed.

Online Tutoring Jobs for Teens

A Volunteering Chance with Many Beneficial Aspects

Encouraging teenagers to join volunteering tutoring programs can be a challenging task, but it is an important one as it provides many benefits to both the students and the community. Here are a few strategies that can be used to encourage teenagers to get involved in volunteering tutoring programs.

First, it is important to educate teenagers on the benefits of volunteering. This includes the personal satisfaction of helping others, the development of leadership and teamwork skills, and the opportunity to gain valuable experience that can be applied to future education or career opportunities.

Second, it is important to make volunteering opportunities accessible to teenagers. This includes providing transportation to and from tutoring sites, as well as offering flexible scheduling options that accommodate the busy schedules of students.

Third, it is important to create a positive and supportive environment for teenagers who choose to volunteer. This includes providing training and resources to help them succeed, as well as recognizing and rewarding their efforts.

Fourth, it is important to promote the program by reaching out to schools, parents, and community organizations to raise awareness about the program. This can be done by creating brochures, posters, or even videos showcasing the program and its benefits.

Finally, it is important to make the tutoring experience a fun and enjoyable one for teenagers. This can be done by incorporating games and activities into the tutoring sessions, as well as by matching teenagers with students who share similar interests.

There are volunteer tutoring job opportunities available for teenagers and senior high school students but the main place for them to start is their own school. Many schools and community centers have after-school programs that offer tutoring services. Local libraries also often offer tutoring services and maybe looking for volunteers or paid tutors.

Yes, Paid tutoring! Introducing the idea of paid tutoring jobs to a teenager can be an effective way to motivate them to become involved in tutoring. The opportunity to earn money can be a powerful incentive for teenagers, as it can help them gain financial independence and provide them with the means to pursue their own interests and goals.

In addition, being a paid tutor can also help teenagers develop important skills such as responsibility, time management, and communication. As they work with students, they will learn how to be responsible for their own schedules, how to manage their time effectively, and how to communicate effectively with their students.

However, it’s important to keep in mind that the main motivation for teenagers should be the opportunity to help others and make a positive impact in their community. Therefore, when introducing the idea of paid tutoring jobs, it’s important to emphasize the benefits of volunteering and the importance of giving back to the community.

Encouraging teenagers to join volunteering tutoring programs can be achieved by educating them on the benefits, and making opportunities accessible. By implementing these strategies, communities can help create a generation of civic-minded and engaged young people who are committed to making a positive impact in their communities. It is also worth noting that for senior high school students, being a tutor is also a great way to gain leadership and mentoring experience, which can be an asset when applying to colleges or job opportunities.

Mindful Teachers, Teaching Mindfulness

Improve your teaching, and your students learning

Mindfulness can certainly be beneficial for growing a business. It can help individuals stay focused, manage stress, and be more creative. It has been found to improve decision-making, communication, and overall work performance. Additionally, it can help to foster a positive and productive work culture, which can lead to increased employee satisfaction and retention. However, it’s important to note that mindfulness alone will not grow a business, it should be combined with other strategies and tactics.

Here are a few mindfulness exercises that can help reduce anxiety and stress before or after each teaching session, or at work. I made a card deck for you to print and keep handy. (Download the full deck here in Canva, a sign-in is needed)

It’s important to note that mindfulness practices should be practiced regularly to achieve the best results. It’s also a good idea to consult with a therapist or counselor to help you develop a practice that works best for you.

You can also help your students to overcome their fear, stress, and learning challenges by practicing a few mindfulness exercises. It’s important to remember that mindfulness is a personal journey and each student may have their own pace and preferences. Encourage them to find what works best for them, and remind them that it’s okay if they don’t feel the immediate result. Here are a few ways you can encourage your students to use mindfulness exercises for achieving better results:

  1. Lead by example: Model mindfulness exercises in class and demonstrate the benefits of mindfulness. Share your personal experience with them.
  2. Incorporate mindfulness into the curriculum: Incorporate mindfulness exercises into the curriculum, such as deep breathing exercises before a test or a guided imagery exercise before a class presentation.
  3. Make it accessible: Provide resources for students to learn about mindfulness, such as books, videos, and apps.
  4. Provide incentives: Offer rewards for students who regularly practice mindfulness exercises.
  5. Make it fun: Make mindfulness exercises interactive and engaging, such as a mindful coloring activity or a mindful movement break during class.
  6. Communicate the benefits: Share the research on the benefits of mindfulness, such as improved focus, reduced stress, and better mental and emotional well-being.
  7. Create a safe space: Encourage an open-minded and non-judgmental attitude towards mindfulness practice, this will make students feel more comfortable and willing to try it.