October 13, 2014

Transform the Homework Struggle

Has the homework battle become a daily event in your home? You are not alone! Homework can be the most difficult (and, honestly, annoying) aspect of school for many children and their […]
July 16, 2012

Help Kids Find the Passion for Reading

A common concern we hear from parents is that their child doesn’t read enough. Some children dislike reading because they find it tough; others find it boring or pointless. No matter the […]
January 23, 2012

Mistakes as Opportunities

We have found that we are able to help students achieve even more with tutoring when we address their mindset, a concept we learned from Carol Dweck’s wonderful book Mindset: The New […]
November 22, 2011

Managing Technology Distractions

In today’s digital age, we are all constantly faced with technology distractions, such as Instagram, YouTube, and text messages from friends. These distractions are a big challenge, especially when students are trying […]
August 19, 2011

Why Doesn’t My Smart Child Try Harder?

Bright. Gifted. Quick learner. Exceptional. Smart. What parents wouldn’t want to hear these words about their child? When your child is described this way, the elementary years cruise by easily. In the […]
July 29, 2011

Jumping into the Deep End: Moving from Surface Structure to Deep Structure

In previous posts, Sara introduced the concept of surface structure & deep structure when it comes to problem solving. She then went on to describe the ways the surface structure of problems can help students understand […]
July 15, 2011

A Closer Look at Surface Structure

In her previous post, Sara described the difference between surface and deep structure in math word problems. Here, she talks about how students transfer prior knowledge to new situations. Applying past knowledge […]
July 12, 2011

Optimizing for Ownership

“Optimize for ownership” is a phrase we use often here at Nurturing Wisdom. With ownership comes a sense of control, of investment, and of pride. We believe that optimizing for ownership ultimately […]
May 6, 2011

Surface and Deep Structure

Longtime NW tutor Sara shares an “a-ha!” teaching/learning moment she experienced with her son. It’s so wonderful when we learn as much as our own children and students! Meters and Tracks My […]