I've found, especially since it's an online learning environment, students don't tend to put as much effort into their homework as I would like. Instead, homework will be done as a journal entry. The students and I will choose a book to read for the semester and the students will be required to complete a journal entry about the section of the book they've read. Students can write about anything: a summary of what happened, new vocabulary, questions about the reading, or general information. The focus on the homework is output and effort, not the student's individual grammatical/phrasing ability.
The purpose of the reading journal is to empower the student to be responsible for their own education. It's about learning good study habits and being responsible for one's self. It's a lesson that's challenging for some students to learn. As a bonus, in each of the classes, I will choose one student whose work on the reading journal has been consistently good or one who has shown the most improvement. That student will receive 50% off for the next semester!
For the English writing classes and ESL classes, each semester parents will receive a progress report detailing strengths and weakness I observed during class and a summary of what was covered. For the other classes, no report is given because the classes are based on learning a couple of particular skills as opposed to learning the language.
As of now only Interac e-Transfer (email) is used as a payment method. If there is enough interest, VISA and MasterCard or WeChat Pay will be considered.
Currently, each payment will be for a spot in one of the classes for the month. Don't forget to book early to ensure you child gets a spot in the class for next month!
Of course, each month the student can choose a different level if they find the current one too easy or challenging. Ideally, the student finds the class that gives the most value for their education.
Each semester classes will change based on parent and student feedback. Classes I can knowledgeably teach are English, Literature, ESL, History (Both high school and AP history), SAT, IELTS, TOEFL test prep, and even beginning Chinese. Drop me a line in the contact page to discuss what you're interested in.
Currently, I am working out a way to also teach China/Taiwan GMT+8 timezone.
I will try to have the next month's schedule ready by the 15th of each month.
These are books that are often taught in high school:
1. To Kill a Mockingbird 14. The Hunger Games
2. The Giver 15. Charlotte’s Web
3. The Outsiders 16. Pride and Prejudice
4. Animal Farm 17. Macbeth
5. 1984 18. Jane Eyre
6. The Great Gatsby 19. Holes
7. Lord of the Flies 20. Night
8. The Diary of a Young Girl 21. Hamlet
9. Romeo and Juliet 22. The Little Prince
10. The Hobbit or There and Back Again 23. Of Mice and Men
11. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe 24. A Wrinkle in Time
12. The Catcher in the Rye 25. Brave New World
13. Fahrenheit 451 26. The Scarlet Letter
Some of the books my daughters have read and loved are Holes, Wonder, the Running Dream, the Kite Runner, Are You There God It’s Margaret, The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind, and the Boy in the Striped Pajamas.