# Tutor profile: Jennifer R.

## Questions

### Subject: Basic Math

How can I remember my 9's multiplication facts?

There are several strategies you can use to help you remember your 9's facts. It seems that the multiplication of 9 is one of the hardest to memorize. I can't help you memorize the list, you have to do that yourself, but I CAN tell you some ways to help you know if your answer is correct. Let's use the following 3 facts 9X3, 9X4, and 9X5 in the examples. There are 3 strategies you can use to help. 1. Remember that 9 is close to 10. Sometimes (especially when multiplying larger numbers by 9) it is easier to multiply by 10 and then subtract. So for example 9X3 --> 3X10=30...that is 1 too many groups of 3 so then 30-3 = 27 9X4 --> 4X10=40...that is 1 too many groups of 4 so then 40-4=36 9X5 --> 5X10=50...that is 1 too many groups of 5 so then 50-5=45 2. To check your answer remember that the sum of the numbers in the answer should equal 9 9X3=27 2+7=9 9X4=36 3+6=9 9X5=45 4+5=9 3. One of my new favorite ways to check my work is to take a look at the answer to determine if it is correct, and also to help me find the answer is to remember this: The first digit of my answer is one less than the number I am multiplying 9 by and then remember # 2 above 9X3=27 One less than 3 is 2 so 2 + __ = 9 ....27 9X4=36 One less than 4 is 3 so 3 + __ = 9 ....36 9X5=45 One less than 5 is 4 so 4 + __ = 9 ....45

### Subject: English as a Second Language

What is the difference between their, they're, and there?

The best way to answer this question is to provide a sentence using each word. 1. Their - means something belongs to someone. It is a possessive pronoun. For example: "This is Scott and Nancy. They left their coats in the car." In this sentence their shows that the coats belong to Scott and Nancy. It would be awkward to say: "They left Scott's and Nancy's coat in the car." so we substitute the word their to make the sentence sound better. 2. They're - is a contraction - meaning 2 words put together to make one word. In this case the words They and are are put together and they are becomes they're. The a in are is removed and replaced with an apostrophe. For example: "They're going to the store." is a shortened version of "They are going to the store." 3. There - this word is an adverb of place and indicates location or where something is taking place. For example: "The water fountain is over there."

### Subject: Education

How would you create an engaging lesson for students of varying abilities, cultural backgrounds, and interests so that all students have the opportunity to actively interact with the concepts being taught?

First I would be sure to have a well thought out goal in mind that incorporates supports for students both with limited English proficiency and other possible disabilities. Next I would explain and/or model the information to be learned. Stopping along the way to provide students the opportunity to process information and interact with their peers (i.e. quick write, think-pair-share, etc). I would incorporate visuals and/or realia or manipulatives whenever possible.

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