I've had hundreds of "Ah ha" moments spread out

over the six decades I've lived. Those would be times

when I finally understood something that I had only

marginally understood a few moments earlier. And,

more often than not, "Ah ha" happened because I

was learning something for a second, third or fourth

time, or from a second, third or fourth person. I've

learned best when I was taught from different

perspectives. There was always something new to

be picked up.

Naturally, I bring that personal characteristic to my

style of teaching. I believe that students learn best

when they are taught in a variety of ways and

settings. Teachers try to stimulate kids every day, and

we maintain an atmosphere that encourages

students to learn wherever they may be, and from

every possible teacher they may encounter. Sooner

or later they will have their "Ah ha" moments, where

deeper understanding replaces uncertainty.

Now that I'm a personal tutor, I get to hear my

students when that happens since I'm sitting along

side them. (It is now May, 2020, and personal

tutoring has been suspended). I can't be with

student-viewers when they watch one of my shows,

but I can hope that youngsters who need to hear an

explanation just one more time, from just one more

teacher, benefit from my math videos. My goal is to

provide them with a new perspective; and my hope is

that I can get them towards "Ah ha."

I've also enjoyed the pleasure of being a reading

teacher, both at the primary and intermediate grades.

I developed a reading instruction program that

assigned homework five nights a week: the students

had to read aloud, for at least ten minutes, to a

parent. Then they had to paraphrase what they read

in a graded journal (all grading was based on

improvement, not grade level performance).

The Home Read Aloud Program (HRAP) was very

successful. So a few years ago (2015) I video taped

four local students reading a short novel to one of

their parents. I later added sound effects, text, and

images to help viewers connect visual and auditory

stimuli with words on a page. The students

completed the entire book over two weekends. You

can view the HRAP Trailer here.

You can view the individual episodes via these links:

HRAP Episode One

HRAP Episode Two

HRAP Episode Three

HRAP Episode Four

HRAP Episode Five

HRAP Episode Six

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