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Your Words: Improve Your Child’s Wellbeing and Education!

I tutor English Language and am life coach. So I am very interested in language use. In particular, I am fascinated by how the language we use around children affects the way they perceive themselves and others. First, let’s explore a little some ideas I have come across recently. These are approaches that encourage your child to be resilient. Second, we’ll look at using gender-neutral language. Through this approach, you allow your children to believe in themselves, due to avoiding gender bias.

Growth Mindset Language

Growth Mindset is a theory from educational practice that states that children should not be praised for what they achieve, but how hard they work. Some people think this is impractical. They believe giving praise to children who never achieve high grades is creating an unrealistic view of the world for those children. However, my response to this view is twofold. Firstly, I believe strongly that the people making these claims do not understand growth mindset theory. Secondly, they also do not understand the potential damage done to the children’s confidence. If children get consistently low grades and also see others being praised instead of them, this increasingly makes them feel worse about themselves. 

Growth Mindset is saying “Well done for completing all the questions” when a child works slowly and doesn’t normally finish. It’s saying “Excellent! You remembered your folder today!” when a child manages to get organised, who doesn’t normally manage this. Growth Mindset literally makes kids want to keep doing the things you are praising them for. Then it starts to become automatic and you can start to set them new goals. “George, well done for remembering your folder today. Tomorrow I’d like to see you remember your homework!”

 

How Can Parents Use Growth Mindset Language?

Praise your kids who don’t normally do their chores, when they do them. Growth mindset is almost like the opposite of nagging. Children love praise. Nobody likes to be told off, but it is necessary sometimes. However, try to limit your nagging or telling off to a ratio of 1:5 – with 5 lots of praise for every nag! Use language like: “Well done for being kind to your sister and sharing with her” or “Great job that you wiped your feet before coming in today!” In particular, with education, you can praise children for completing their homework and taking an interest in their after-school clubs. 

A little goes a long way! They will start to believe in themselves!

 

How You Can be a Language Role Model

Don’t say to your kids “I wasn’t any good at maths, ask ____”. Studies have shown that kids can interpret this as “Well if Mum / Dad isn’t good at this, how will I be?” You can be a language role model by saying to your kids: “Okay, shall we research this online and see what we can find?” or “Do you find maths harder than other subjects? Do you want a tutor to support you and make you really confident?” This way, you are actively helping to find a solution without putting yourself down. You are not telling your child “I feel anxious about this and can’t help”.

 

Avoiding Gender Bias

Many studies have shown how little girls mostly get compliments that reflect their appearance. For example: “you’re so pretty” or “your dress is beautiful”. Boys, on the other hand, get complimented on how well they do things, rather than expressing their emotions or how they look. To improve your daughter’s chances of doing well, praise her for things that she accomplishes as well as how she looks! Likewise, boost your son’s confidence by commented on both his great achievements and decisions, but also how well he expressed his feelings. 

 

Moving Forward

This is just a whistle-stop tour of how language can help your child. If you are looking for coaching or a tutor to help boost your child’s confidence, then drop me a message to see if I can help! Email hello@bexharper.com for more information.

Easter break means easter eggs!

Easter Holidays: Closure Information

Easter Holidays Closure Dates!

Bex Harper Tutoring & Coaching will be closed for the Easter break between Saturday 6th April and Monday 22nd April 2019 (inclusive). There will be no tutoring lessons or coaching sessions during this period, as Bex and our administrator, Hannah, will also be out of the office, on annual leave.

 

Contact

If you need to contact us via text or email or send homework via email, you shall receive a response on Tuesday 23rd April, when we resume our normal business opening hours. Many thanks for your patience.

 

Revision

Good luck with your exam revision over the Easter period! Don’t forget to build in little tea breaks to eat those lovely Easter eggs!

2019 AQA GCSE REVISION WORKSHOPS: KEY INFORMATION

AQA GCSE REVISION WORKSHOPS: 

Dates and Times

  • Unseen Poetry: Sunday 12th May, 10:00am-12:00pm
  • An Inspector Calls: Sunday 12th May, 1:30pm-3:30pm
  • English Language Paper 1: Sunday 19th May, 10:00am-12:00pm
  • English Language Paper 2: Sunday 19th May, 1:30pm-3:30pm

What do the workshops include?

  • Never-seen-before exam questions to give you a real exam-simulated-environment.
  • Exam practice question walk-throughs & techniques to boost your grade.
  • Small group workshop for focus (i.e a maximum of 5 students per session).
  • Complete and detailed, individualised feedback on how to improve!
  • Workshops take place in Westcliff-on-Sea, only 5 minutes walk from Southend-on-Sea high street!
  • Experienced tutor and qualified teacher, with lots of enthusiasm!
  • Free drinks and nibbles for students.

I need this! How do I book my place?

  • Email hello@bexharper.com to book your place. Early booking is recommended.
  • You can pay by bank transfer, Paypal or cheque: £40 per two-hour workshop.
  • I look forward to seeing you there. If you have any questions meanwhile, feel free to email me!


Why I love teaching English (EFL) online

I work for a company in China teaching English to children three days a week from the comfort of my own home. I love this job for many reasons, some of which I have outlined below:


1. Regular students

I work with regular students each week – some even twice a week – and this is great as you get to know the students really well over time. You get to know their strengths and weakness, celebrate their achievements and get to know their likes and dislikes.

2. Regular hours

You get set hours with the company I work for, so this helps you plan your week. I know I will always be working during my contracted hours, so it makes planning the rest of my schedule much easier.

3. The time difference

The time difference between the UK and China means that whilst I tutor people in the UK during my evening, I don’t have much opportunity to tutor people here in the UK during the daytime. However, China’s evening is during the middle of our day, which means I can still be working during the day, and so I can work 11am-9pm most days.

 

4. Bonuses and supply teaching

The company I work for offer nice bonuses and allow you to pick up supply work (They call it “part-time hours”) so if you have a free day, you can get some extra work.

 

5. Courseware is provided

As all the courseware is provided, you don’t need to do much preparation. All you need is a variety of classroom props and a lot of enthusiasm. The lessons are varied, with grammar points built in, so you can make the most of the courseware with minimal preparation time. The app used for teaching also has a whiteboard, so you can play games virtually and there is a chat box with a translator tool to allow you to converse with your students in either English or Chinese.

 


6. Flexible to suit your lifestyle

Shifts are between up to three hours and ten minutes long (6pm-9.10pm Beijing time) and you decide how long you want to teach for and how many days per week you want to work. You can travel the world whilst you teach, as you only need a stable broadband internet connection to be able to carry out your job! It is great for those who have dreams of becoming a remote worker!

If you are interested in working online from home and want to teach Chinese kids English then click here to apply.