IndieEd began it’s new year strong. We rededicated ourselves to the mission of bringing quality education to as many students as possible. With a remarkable set of teachers and therapists, IndieEd covers subjects from life coaching to test prep, from music to math, from making the transition to college to Philosophy and physics, from reading comprehension to writing; all these are areas of our expertise. Each monthly meeting we discuss topics that are salient to our profession. With over a dozen qualified educators in the room, there is no topic we can’t tackle.
This month we discussed a number of things, such as bridging the gap between a student’s goals and their parent’s expectations. The facilitation of communication between parents and students is a crucial skill found in any educator. Addressing the hopes and fears effectively can remove uncertainty in the learning process and make things run smoother all around.
We also discussed the neurological diagnosis of the developmentally delayed, whether in reading comprehension, visual and spatial processing, or just the delayed reaching of milestones. This topic was of particular interest as we are finding that the strategies for dealing with this diagnosis are not quite as clear cut as we’d like. Programs developed for this diagnosis are at their beginning stages and cannot begin to account for all the variances of human behavior. Truly a fascinating subject we will continue educating ourselves on. This is part of our commitment to continuing education.
Finally, we discussed the ever-changing landscape of standardized testing, and how best to assist our students and parents in choosing which test to take. Three of our educators are specifically test-prep tutors, with over 20 years of experience in this field. With the ever increasing reliance on these measures for college admissions it is imperative that these tests be taken seriously. Navigating the in’s and out’s of this difficult season is keeping us busy, to say the least.
IndieEd is poised for a banner year, as our ranks have swelled, and our organization is streamlined. With such a professional and diverse group, we can all be sanguine about the future.