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I’ve talked to many parents whose struggling students are counting the days until the whole terrible, horrible, self-esteem-sucking experience called “school” is over, and they all have one thing in common: they know their kids are bright but they can’t put a finger on why they are failing! So if your bright child is struggling in school and you don’t know why, you may be wondering what your options are. That’s where I come in.


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WHO AM I?

I am a teacher at a small private school with over 17 years experience teaching my own kids. I have two kids who are very different learners. My oldest, who is now in an honors program at a private college, LOVES school! She’s the kid who studies from 8am-5pm using colored pens and highlighters because she thinks it’s fun! She is extremely detailed, she is classically-minded, and she would probably make school into a career if that were possible. She’s left-brained.

My youngest hates school with as much passion as his sister loves it. He finds it boring, repetitive, and unnecessary. He’s as quick-witted as they come, is an accomplished track runner, and can draw people to himself by just existing. He rolls around the pros and cons of “finishing school early” (quitting), but since being in high school is a requirement for running high school track, he bears the burden. He has started watching videos on real estate and investing because that’s interesting to him. He knows without a doubt that sitting behind a desk sounds like torture, and he has no interest in extending his schooling any longer than necessary by going to college. He’s right-brained.

Can you guess which was the easier kid to teach? My oldest, but don’t think she is smarter; it’s because most curriculum is written for the way she learns and is the absolute opposite of what kids like my son need. Only in recent years have programs and curricula become available for those who have different learning styles, but they still have not been adopted into most school programs. So these students struggle, feel like they aren’t smart, and wish it were over. Sadly, some even “finish early” without discovering how bright they are.

WHO NEEDS TUTORING?

Kids who come to me for tutoring are usually not doing well with a traditional school curriculum, and it is often assumed that they are not trying. The truth is, they could have visual dysfunction, a known (or unknown) learning block, or they just need to find out how to process material in their natural way. This means they are often working much harder than their classmates to achieve half the results.

CHARACTERISTICS THAT CAUSE PARENTS TO HIRE A TUTOR:

OFTEN THOSE SAME KIDS ARE ACTUALLY:

Doesn’t that second picture sound wonderful? Isn’t that the kind of adult we want our kids to become? It is, but often it isn’t the kind of KID we want our kids to be! We value these characteristics in adults. Think of how much money we spend watching movies, sporting events, and concerts. Do you think those people spent their childhoods diagramming sentences? Most likely, they spent them in trouble!

And these traits are often very inconvenient for adults (ahem…teachers and parents).

3 PATHS TO EXPLORE

Visual dysfunction is often overlooked and can be misdiagnosed as dyslexia. What if your child’s learning struggles could be resolved or greatly improved through the use of vision therapy or corrective lenses?

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Does your bright child shut down during timed tests, answer questions inappropriately, or struggle to get his thoughts from head to mouth? Does she cry when asked to write a sentence? This may not be mere child’s play; they may be trying to tell you that you’re not speaking their language.

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Are you thinking about switching your child to a new school? Did your district recently adopt a new math curriculum and your child just isn’t “getting it”? Does your child need help staying organized or keeping up with schoolwork during sports seasons? A little help in a specific area might be called for.

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So what should you do if your bright child is struggling in school and you can’t figure out why? Or if you know he or she has more potential but can’t seem to “unlock” it?

I can help.

My approach to tutoring focuses on identifying your child’s learning style and issues that may be blocking success. After an initial consultation, I will be able to guide you down a path of success by providing unique tools and resources that use your child’s gifts and provide a means to the desired end goal, even in a traditional classroom.

TRANSLATION: I do school their way.

If your bright child is struggling, don’t wait! The more information your child misses, the longer it will take to fill in the gaps. Email me at laineteaches@gmail.com to set up a 15-minute Q&A session. From there we can schedule a consultation to decide on the best, fastest, and least expensive course of action that will benefit your child the most.

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