Base-ten Blocks Improve Online Math Learning

Kirk’s Tutoring stands out among math tutoring programs for a variety of reasons, but two are primary. First, I teach using a technique called multisensory math. Multisensory math uses visual aids and manipulatives to help students understand mathematical concepts. Secondarily, I adhere to the methods of Dr. Maria Montessori, whose beliefs support my techniques.  Dr. Montessori believed that children learn math best through manipulating...

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Why Multisensory Math

Why Multisensory Math

Not everyone understands what I mean when I say I am a “multisensory tutor” so I thought I would explain what that means to me. Foremost is the use of Mortensen Math base ten blocks to build math problems.  Building problems with your hands activates more areas of your brain.  In very simple terms, the more senses you use when learning something, the more likely you are to remember and understand what you learned. Maria Montessori hit upon this...

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Not What You Might Expect

Not What You Might Expect

What do you imagine when you think of your child receiving math tutoring? Are student and tutor sitting alongside each other with a textbook open? Are both heads down, diligently working through the assigned problems? Perhaps, you envision a corporate chain where six to eight students are at a circular table around one tutor? Kirk’s Tutoring is something different. In all honesty, it probably isn’t like anything you have ever seen before....

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What sets Kirk’s Tutoring apart?

What sets Kirk’s Tutoring apart?

  I am not a certified teacher. This needs to be said first as some people prefer certified teachers. My training and years of experience in special education classrooms. I worked as a special education paraprofessional (aka teaching assistant) for DeKalb County Schools for five years. My first career was as a pediatric respiratory therapist. Working with children, and their families, during stressful times has given me an unique ability to...

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Tutoring—Beyond Helping With Homework

Tutoring—Beyond Helping With Homework

One of the most common questions I am asked as a tutor is if I can help students with their homework—and many parents are surprised to learn that my answer to this question is not a clear cut “yes.” The goal of my tutoring sessions is to assess each student’s grasp of the area of study, and identify the skills and concepts that must be developed to improve their performance. Often, this requires focusing not on the current homework, but...

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