We had a lot to cover at March’s meeting, especially since February’s meeting was canceled due to snow. The most exciting development was the brand new Indie Ed business cards that were presented, thanks to Roberto Bianco and Sylvia Keepers (I gave my first one out that afternoon!).
Following introductions, Roberto Bianco gave a very interesting talk on the logistics of tutoring math and science remotely and in person – a subject near and dear to my heart. Roberto covered all aspects of a tutoring session, focusing on math and science, but with takeaways that tutors of all subjects can benefit from. My favorite part of his presentation was the description of his set-up for remote sessions. He had a detailed explanation of how to build an inexpensive and reliable webcam holder to easily record and share the tutors work with the student. My remote sessions so far have consisted of emails and phone calls, and I am excited to build my own webcam set-up now.
There are some exciting ongoing and upcoming workshops that were discussed. Anthony Riske, of Collegiate Coaching Services, talked about the support group he is running to help individuals with problematic internet use habits. Pam Allen brought up the idea of a summer workshop on note taking skills, which many of us expressed interest in being a part of.
Annika Erickson-Pearson and Patrick Wilson are preparing for a workshop that they are holding in late April, aimed at young adults entering their senior year of high school or freshman year of college. The focus will be on getting ready for the transition between high school and college. Their goal is for students to walk away from the workshop feeling less stressed and more clear about the changes in their lives, and will contain lots of practical tools on how to handle what’s happening around them.
As with every IndieEd meeting, I walked away feeling inspired by the great work my peers are doing and invigorated and excited about my own practice. Bring on the Spring!