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Tutor profile: Jeanne M.

Jeanne M.
Experienced Language Arts Teacher

Questions

Subject: Writing

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Question:

Write a realistic fiction story in which you have development of characters, a clear problem and resolution, and dialog.

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Answer:

The bell rang for the first period, and the kids came sauntering in. Immediately the hands went up. Julie started it by saying, “Mr. C can I use your charger, mine is only at 14%.” Then Jude, Jason, and Josh chimed in that they needed one as well. All I wanted to do was begin the lesson and assign the class work so the kids could work and I could finalize my starting line up. “Enough,” I said. “How many times have I told you to charge your chromebook at home?” The kids settled in after I roared, and I explained to them the different benefits of the the Three Gorges Dam, and they started on a Newsela article. I made sure the kids were all on task and then I had time to work on my final lineup for the game. Today was the championship game for the FCIAC tournament. In my 10 years as a coach for Smith High School, we had never gotten this far. I was determined that this year we were going to win. We had the talent, and the kids were pumped. The day proceeded excruciatingly slowly. In my mind, all I could think about was the big game. By the time I got to lunch, I was so nervous that I could not eat my salad and chicken. Every time I thought of a game plan, I just got more nervous. I walked into the faculty room and Phil said, “You ready, Coach?” My response was, “These kids deserve this spot after a great season. Let’s hope they bring their A game.” Period 6 came, then period 7 dragged along. Finally it was the end of the day. At 2:28 I let the kids put their chairs up and I grabbed my coat. I was just about to grab my keys and phone when all of a sudden the fire alarm went off. Kids were dumbfounded, and I was in a panic. I grabbed my emergency folder, and I yelled at the kids, “Everybody line up in a straight line. You guys are not in preschool anymore.” Step-by-step we went down the stairs and walked over to spot 19. Everyone was in a panic because fire drills are not supposed to happen at 2:30. Miss Linda went over to the front, and she told all the bus drivers they had to move to the lower level so the fire trucks could get through. I lined up my homeroom and went to get my phone out of my pocket to text the assistant coach, and I realized my phone was on my desk. I thought to myself, “Can anything else go wrong?” Ultimately, it was just a sensor that was going off. Still it took time for the fire trucks to come and the fire captain to give the all clear. Mr. Schultz let us into the building and back to homeroom. Donna stormed in to cover my homeroom as Mr. Johnson dismissed the buses one at a time. I grabbed my things, making sure that I had my keys, phone, and playbook, and I ran to my car. On my way over I phoned my assistant coach. “Bro,” he said, “Where are you? The boys are in the locker room already. The ref has asked me if we need to forfeit.” “Not a chance,” I said. “I will be there in 10 minutes. There was a fire alarm at the end of the day.” I hung up and sped down Lake Avenue. Luckily I had a green light and I flew to Trumbull High School. I ran into the gym exasperated and got there just in time to have a pregame huddle with the boys. Then Captain Andrew said, “Coach, you look like you went through a war. What happened?” I told him, “Last minute fire alarm but we are all good. Now heads in game.” The team played their hearts out and two hours later we lined up to receive the best thing ever, the championship trophy.

Subject: Study Skills

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Question:

What are some ways that you can best keep organized?

Jeanne M.
Answer:

Using an online calendar program like Google Keep is one of the best ways to stay organized. You can list assignments and highlight them as you complete them. Other ways to stay organized is by having a devotee time and place for homework, keeping worksheets in proper folders, and reaching out to teachers when you need help.

Subject: English

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Question:

Many school districts across the country are considering changing schedules so middle and high schools begin later. In a well developed paragraph, explain how a later start time would be beneficial or detrimental to students.

Jeanne M.
Answer:

A later school start time will have a positive impact on school performance for teens. One 2006 poll from the National Sleep Foundation stated that “19% of students said that they fell asleep in class at least once a week” (Morgan). If a student falls asleep even once in social studies class, he will miss out on important notes. Without these important notes, he cannot study for his test. His grade will suffer because of the lack of sleep. In addition, there was teen sleep study conducted by the University of Minnesota in 2017 that had many findings that prove a later start time is beneficial for students. The later start times contributed to better attendance rates, higher grades and less depressive feelings in teens ( Doyne). When kids slept longer, they were able to get to school on time and be more alert. You cannot have good grades if you are missing or sleeping through class, and this study proved what a change in start times could accomplish. Finally, a 2018 study by the University of Washington also showed similar findings. The final grades for students were 4.5% better in schools with a later start time. The number of tardies and first period absences also decreased (Urton). Studies have clearly proven that students will perform most optimally when they have had adequate rest. Starting school later will enable teens to get the sleep they need to perform their best in school.

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