peer tutoring

Otter Perry ottertee at
Wed Dec 15 12:37:03 EST 2004

On Tuesday, December 14, 2004, at 07:23 PM, HSchinske at wrote:

> Even without such problems, other kids who know the subject aren't 
> necessarily ideal tutors anyway. There was a girl in my daughter's 
> class last year who as far as I could tell had dyslexia, or some other 
> processing problem. She was bright and imaginative, but couldn't write 
> properly at all, and had terrible troubles with math (just getting the 
> problem written down without an error was difficult for her). I was 
> incensed when I found that my daughter was ending up helping her most 
> days. This kid needs a professional tutor who can disentangle what 
> she's having trouble processing and work with her considerable visual 
> skills, fostering mental math and using pictures and manipulatives and 
> all that. *I* would have trouble meeting her needs as a math tutor. 
> She most certainly does NOT need my daughter's confused, wordy, 
> nine-year-old explanations. (Sophia's pretty good at math, but 
> explaining math in words is very, very far from being her strong 
> point.)

This whole discussion reminds me of a book I learned
about from this very list, and thank you all ever so.

_How to Write Really Badly_ by Anne Fine.


- It doesn't make any difference what you do in the
   bedroom as long as you don't do it in the street
   and frighten the horses.

                                    -- Mrs. Patrick Campbell

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