We are all being called on to do more than we are used to.
Schools are suddenly closed, and they are scrambling to figure out distance learning.
Parents are figuring out how to juggle their own work and their kids’ education (to say nothing of their own self-care).
Some students are trying to keep up with the new work. Some are struggling to make meaning from the new assignments. Almost no one yet knows how much they are learning.
For tutors, the job has always been understanding the student, and clearing away barriers to learning. It’s just that now, the barriers come in many more varieties besides just misunderstanding the material. Now students have more challenges:
Teachers struggling with new tools
Students’ need to manage their time more than they feel ready for
Students trouble owning their own learning in the face of reduced testing and other checkins
For all of us, the challenge is figuring things out fast, and changing things fast as we figure out what works.
That’s how tutors can step up, because: the fastest learning team is a motivated student and an expert.
We wanted to share some great news. (My son) presented 3 posters at the (large conference) in (major city) last week. One of his posters on (interesting math topic) got selected as one of the top posters and he was invited to present it formally at the Abstract session.
(My son’s) confidence in math because of you has helped him achieve these amazing milestones.
Believe me, I really would love to take this credit.
But let’s be fair here: this student has gifts you would hardly believe. The entire family is inspirational: hard-working and accomplished, appropriately demanding but also warm and witty. It has been my great privilege to work with them, and with many such families and students. I hope to continue meeting and helping people like this far into the future.
Even so, I’m going to permit myself to let this note make my month and reinforce the importance of AMC and math competition prep. There tends to be many excellent long term outcomes with this type of preparation.
I really do appreciate the opportunity to do what I do.
My sister-in-law recently wrote this piece on modern work and its relationship to family and community. So I’m taking this opportunity to thank Adam, Aidan, Amy, Audrey, Debbie, James, John, Michael, Michael, Owen, Ollin, Rora, and Stephanie: you past-or-present teammates have all contributed materially to our shared success, and every single one of you has done it on hours that corporate America would consider unworkable.
(Goes to show you what real A-players can do.)
Thank you all for making work fit into your lives instead of the other way around, without ever compromising the quality of your work.