Well, a new school year is upon us. All 4 One Tutoring is prepping for another awesome and meaningful school for our clients and potential clients. We are so excited!
We began to test our iPads, tablets, and headphones. They get the most usage in our after-school program. We do so many engaging and enriching activities with them!
Pairing activities not only engages students, but they also show how students can support on another to complete a task or assignment.
For those school-aged clients who participated in our summer learning tutoring, we supplied them with a back-to-school package. We want to send them starting the new school year on the right foot.
All 4 One Tutoring LLC 's mission is to educate and empower those who want to have a positive social change and succeed to the best of his or her ability.
by Dr. Charice Hayes
What is blended learning?
Blended learning is traditional teaching combined with digital media or online learning. I like to also refer to this type of learning as “hybrid” learning.
Why use blended learning?
- Research suggests that blended learning is more effective than learning in a traditional setting.
- Blended learning improves digital literacy, along with online learning skills.
- Some teachers/professors are using flip learning.
- Blended learning aligns with college and workplace readiness.
How can you transform a traditional classroom into a blended classroom?
- You can use online videos to supplement instruction.
- You can use the flipped learning model.
- You can incorporate chats and discussion boards.
- You can use software such as Socrative.com.
What are your thoughts on blended learning? Please share your thoughts.
by CEO Charice Wofford
As I sit here and think, in October of 2011, All 4 One Tutoring LLC was formed literally from my home office in my basement. When we were formed, we were strictly an online tutoring business that mainly focused on language learning and test prep with international clients. We then began to offer online tutoring services in other subject areas to people all over the world including the United States.
During the next couple of years, we began to offer private face-to-face tutoring in Baltimore City and County. A year later, we began to offer the same service in Charleston, South Carolina. This was an exciting time for us.
Since then, we continued to expand our brand and services through partnerships made possible through our wonderful board members. Those services include after-school programming, professional development and training, and writing services. With the growth, the company needed an official office. So, we opened up an office location in Pikesville, Maryland early 2015. In addition, we are looking to become an approved testing site for CASAS (Comprehesive Adult Student Assessment System). We hold sessions, trainings, and meetings at our office location.
With all of my hard work, dedication, and support systems (board members, family, and friends), I am truly elated with the growth All 4 One Tutoring LLC has experienced. All 4 One Tutoring LLC has been recognized two years in a row by the Baltimore Recogntion Program for “schools and instruction” and “educational services.” We also made it to the site visit stage for the 21st Century Community Learning Center grant in 2015. I just received a message that we have been chosen as a semi-finalist for a small business grant.(Vote for us)
As we continue to grow, what’s more important are the clients that we service and have serviced. Their growth is our growth!! Each client that is serviced, is our drop in the bucket of positive social change.
In education, real-life or world situations are important. Teaching and applying real-life situation make content easier to understand and enjoyable. Once a learner is able to connect a real-life situation with prior knowledge, the material is more receptive and understood.
In the content of math, we’ve found a couple of websites that explore math through real-life situations.
RealWorldMath.org provides lessons that build on traditional classroom instruction by providing students with real-life or world scenarios that engage them in the application of concepts combined with problem-solving. The lessons are technology based.
The YouTube based learning platform has a series titled “Math in Real Life.” The “Find and Flip” feature of TedED allows users to easily create customized lesson around any YouTube video. In a video titled “Time is money,” German Nande explains the math behind interest rates, revealing the equation that will allow you to calculate the future value of your money.
Connecting real-life situations with subject area content is a great way to connect learners’ prior knowledge. This would allow learners to be receptive to material and understand material.
by Charice Wofford, CEO
It’s been another fabulous year for All 4 One Tutoring. This past year, we’ve diversified and expanded our company and programming. Within the first few months of 2015, we established an office in the Pikesville, Maryland area. At our office location, we provide tutoring and training.
In the summer of 2015, we were able to run a summer tutoring program. We also added new tutors to our family this past summer. The summer of 2015 was spectacular.
During the last quarter of 2015, All 4 One Tutoring formed a partnership with another educational company in India. We’re looking forward to great things in 2016 with this partnership.
Our after-school program continues to get praise by administrators, community leaders, and parents. This school year, we initiated more project-driven instruction and projects. We are looking forward to finishing the school year with a field trip to a STEM center. How exciting!!!!
Last but not least, for a second year in a row, we’ve been recognized as the best in Baltimore for “educational services.” We would like to thank the Baltimore Recognition Program for such a prestigious honor. Being the owner of such a blossoming and empowering organization is such an honor. We are proof that when we work together to achieve a shared goal, we can expand quality education and learning so that everyone can strive for positive social change. We have more plans underway for 2016!!!!
Here’s a look at what’s coming in 2016:
-more partnerships (international and nationwide)
-becoming an approved testing site for CASAS testing (for adult education)
-offering more training and workshops
I’d like to thank everyone who has had a positive impact and who has supported All 4 One Tutoring. Together we can reach the goal of educational EMPOWERMENT.
From “Te@chThought” on 8/14/2015
Use Docs to collaborate with your colleagues on joint lesson plans or training materials in real-time, and to create shared calendars for cross-classroom activities.
2. Keep a running record of staff meeting notes
Take meeting notes in a Google Doc and share the notes with your fellow staff. Staff members can access the notes from any device at any time, as well as add comments or suggestions to the notes.
3. Improve your students’ writing skills
For group assignments, you can have students work collaboratively on a writing project, and give them ongoing and simultaneous feedback. Need visibility into which student did what? Use revision history to hold students accountable for their work.
4. Set up a peer review system
Give students responsibility for providing feedback on another student’s work by “Suggesting” changes and leaving comments in Docs. Students can also easily tag each other in comments to notify peers, or use the chat feature to communicate with other people who are viewing the same document in real time.
5. Share or publish student work
Multiple sharing settings allow you to publish student work by sharing it within your class, within your school or district, or by making it public on the web. You can even share a student’s work with their parents to showcase their accomplishments.
6. Translate letters home to parents
For convenience, you can use docs to translate letters, permission slips, and newsletters home to parents and guardians. Access Google Translate right from Docs and make translating a breeze.
7. Gift your students easy reference tools
Teach your students how to easily utilize reference tools with Google Docs’ built-in access to a dictionary, thesaurus and encyclopedia.
8. Liven up your assignments with visuals and graphics
You can search Google Images, Time Magazine, and stock photos directly from within Docs to add images and gifs to your assignments.
As an added bonus, you can make the text in images and PDFs editable by simply opening them within Google Docs. (YouTube example)
9. Work with any file type
We know that sometimes your students and colleagues use Office files, but don’t worry because Google Docs is compatible with other document software, making it easy to work with any file type regardless of which is used.
10. Work on the go or offline
Work on the go: Download and use the Google Docs mobile app to make last minute tweaks when away from your desktop or laptop.Work offline: Google Docs offers offline creation and editing, too. Enable offline syncing in order to download files to your device and edit them offline. When an internet connection is reestablished, Docs will automatically sync and update your files to the cloud.