- Reimagine Learning
- How It Works: Sessions
- Mottos For Success
Many people claim to know what should be happening in a classroom today that indicates true learning is taking place, but if you are not a professionally trained teacher, then what are you using as a reference to believe this? More than likely, you are thinking about how you were taught in school. It was the one size fits all teaching model where everyone progressed at the same pace. Think about this for a minute and then agree or disagree with the following statement.
Students working quietly on their assignments is an ideal classroom learning environment.
Is this an ideal learning environment for students to receive a quality education in or is it a learning environment where we are teaching our students to be obedient? Better yet, what is an ideal learning environment for our students that will maximize their education? Does student failure have the answer? Does predicting the future answer the question? Does a certain type of teacher hold the answer? Do successful people hold the key to the answer? The best way to answer this question is to show you this short video and for you to make up your on mind.
Meet Raquel Lima, a Pre-K teacher in Clifton, NJ
A Helpful Strategy - The Wheel of Life - Learning Is For Everyone
Too many students are "left behind" because in time of need, those students for one reason or another do not find the help they need when the time arises. This is what we in public school refer to when we say, students "get lost" or "fall through the cracks".
It is estimated that 750,000 students per year in the USA do not finish public high school. Given the current lack of good paying jobs, the inequality gap and what will be the requirements for the jobs in the future this is not a good situation. Although the graduation rates are improving specifically among minority students, the number of students continuing their post high school education is not rising. This presents a not so good future for those that lack a real-world experience, the soft skills and the hard skills employers look for when they make a new hire.
The Wheel of Life is a model I created to help students address these issues found in public education and on college campuses. The Wheel of Life represents a model for all students to follow to help them deal with the things that happen in their lives in school and outside of school. It is a means for all the students to use to get help before the issue becomes overwhelming for them, which usually leads to the student quitting school.
How do you use the Wheel of Life?
The Wheel of Life is made up of twelve circles that starts at the center and moves outward. Each circle is a dial and can represent persons, categories, subjects, departments, clubs or organizations. Each dial can be moved to line up with the black north-pointing arrow. The idea is no matter whom the student finds in the fourth dial or circle that person will direct them, assist them or help them directly to get into contact with the correct person or people that can help them. In either case, the sessioner (helper) makes sure the student's issue has been addressed and resolved. I hope that over time, students will continue to seek out the sessioners they feel comfortable with to address and resolve their issues. Consequently, sessioners and students will forge working relationships that will prevent students from "getting lost" or "falling through the cracks", but instead will lead to students graduating from high school with all the necessary tools, skills, experience and wherewithal that will make them successful in all facets of life that includes their chosen career.
Note: The cream colored cells represents what can typically be found in a public school and does not represent exactly what can be found in every public school in the USA. Yet, there will be some overlap of the departments, clubs, organizations and services available for the students to use as well as those that are particular to that public school. The most important point to remember here is for students to know how to use the Wheel of Life and for the Wheel of Life to reflect what clubs, organizations and services that are available at their public school or in their community. Overtime, the Wheel of Life will enable students to create their own pieces of pie that reflects what they consider to be the best way for them to resolve their issue(s).
What is a Session?
A session is a pre-determined academic or non academic meeting between a student or a group of students and a sessioner (aka Tutor, etc.) that will take place at a particular time or at a specific place using a specific mode of communication and technology. Note: A session can also be an asynchronous session too for those students who are independent learners.
Are you wondering what a sessioner is? A sessioner is person who can be a tutor, a parent, an educator, an administrator, a support staff member, a member of a non profit business, a government employee, a person in private business, a member of the community or a college student who conducts online or offline sessions for free, for a fee or for a cost.
At isessioner.com, sessioners create sessions that can last for one day or they can last indefinitely. It just depends on what the sessioner is trying to accomplish or what the student is requesting.
How It Works
You search for a session or a sessioner and verify the sessioner's credentials. You then send them an inquiry with questions you want answers from. Once you have selected the sessioner for the session you will take, you register for that session through your account. If the session is free, you will receive an email confirmation that you have successfully registered for that session. If the session has a session registration fee or cost, you will be taken to paypal.com to make the payment. If the session has a post session fee or cost, you will be required to make the payment through paypal.com after the session has been completed. You don't have to have a free paypal.com account to make a payment, but you must have a valid credit card to complete the payment.
| A session can be open or it can be scheduled. An open session is open to any student or attendee to register for as long as there is space available and once you register you will be able to conduct your session at that time in real-time. Think of it as an on demand (open) session. A scheduled session takes place over a given period of time with the days and the times prescheduled.
| A Public Session is open to anyone to register for as long as there is a slot available. A Private Session is only available to the student/tutee or the sessioner who receives a personal invitation from the sessioner through the Internal Messenger. The Private Session is initiated by the attendee be it a student or another sessioner contacting the sessioner through the Internal Messenger (IM) or email. If the sessioner agrees to do the session or not, they will let them know. If the sessioner agrees to the Private Session, they will create the session and then, notify the student or attendee on what they need to do to complete the session registration process.
The purpose for a session can range from academics to volunteering. Even though there is a list to choose from for the purpose of a session, the sessioner has the option to create their own session purpose too. Its really a matter of what you want to do and what you can do with what you have, but the main focus will always be on helping the students and thus, helping their family too.
There are four different session modes. Each session mode name is specific as to how the session will be conducted. The telephone session mode though could be conducted through a landline telephone or through a cell phone. The online session mode requires the use of a online collaborative whiteboard. Currently, the online collaborative whiteboards being used on this website are Together JS, Bitpaper and Google Meets for virtual group meetings.
1. In Person
Each session can last from thirty minutes to a few hours. The specific time can be found in the session's listing. To find a session is a matter of using the Session Search: Subject page. The entire Session Subjects list is below and you must have an account to use it. Once you find the session you are looking for, you can view the sessioner's profile too and contact them using the Internal Messenger (IM).
Once you've decided on the session you will take, your next move is to click the register link for that session to register. If you don't have a account, you will need to get one in order to be able to register for that session.
The clickable flowcharts below is another way of looking at how a typical session process would work for tutoring. This does not mean every session created will be an exact replica of each other, because each session must be created to fit the needs of the student(s) or attendee(s) and incorporate a teaching method that best fits the learning style of the the student(s) or attendee(s).
If the session is free, you will receive an email confirmation that you have successfully registered for that session. If the session has a session registration fee or cost, you will be taken to paypal.com to make the payment. If the session has a post session fee or cost, you will be required to make the payment through paypal.com after the session has been completed. You don't have to have a free paypal.com account to make a payment, but you must have a valid credit card to complete the payment.
- College Readiness
- Community Hours
- District Tests
- Family Sciences
- Industrial Education
- Language Arts
- Life Skills
- National Assessments
- Parenting Skills
- Performing Arts
- Professional Development
- Social Sciences
- Social Skills
- Social Studies
- State Assessments
- Student Mentoring
- Teacher Mentoring
- Test Prep
- Vocational Education
- Video Production
- World Languages
Session Flow Chart: sessioner
Session Flow Chart: Student
Many people claim that taking classroom notes and being tested over those notes is the best way for a student to learn the material. After all, it was exactly the way they were taught and tested, but would that student be able to make a living or pursue a carreer in today's global economy from all that note taking and testing they did? When you were in school, what activities did you do that you learned the most from? When you have the answer, please take a moment to agree or to disagree with the following statement.
Taking classroom notes and being tested over them is an ideal strategy to learn the material.
Learning Anew Success Mottos
Today, we know taking a lot of classroom notes and being tested over those notes is not an ideal strategy to learn the material. Students learn the material the best when they are actively involved in producing and applying the learning material in new ways from the old ways or using project based building that will develop meaningful skills beyond the normal classroom learning. It isn't absolute, but you get the idea. In each case, the student seeks to find the answers to what they are looking for and in doing so, they will meet other people, and through those interactions, they will learn what is to be learned and, from what is learned, they will in turn educate others. This is what I call S.M.I.L.E. (Seek, Meet, Interact, Learn, Educate) and it's a philosophy you will find in any successful session program list.
This bullet list below represents some of the main things that should be present in a successful session program.
- sessioners are able to seek and receive ongoing training.
- Communication is happening on a regular basis between all the participants.
- Collaboration is seen as an essential component for any session created.
- Training material is always available for the sessioner to make improvments.
- There are established sessions for students to get immediate help.
- Students are able to find the best fit for them in choosing a sessioner.
- The sessions are structured to meet the needs of the students and help the family.
- The sessions and the services provided by the program are monitored.
- There is an amicable relationship between all the participants and the stakeholders.
- There is a strong sense of community between all the participants and the stakeholders.
No matter what you are seeking, you can be assured isessioner.com is not a century-plus old one room school thinking motto, but is in fact the right solution to help public education to change in the best interest of the students using the motto S.M.I.L.E.
Another one of our motto's is that ALL students are S.T.A.R.S. (Students, That, Are, Resilient, Succeed). Its not easy to become S.T.A.R.S., but with the right frame of mind, a positive attitude and a good work ethic it can happen. These attributes are necessary in order for students to become S.T.A.R.S. Using S.T.A.R.S. in conjunction with S.M.I.L.E. is a strategy that should generate positive results in no matter what you do. Not only will you be successful in whatever you do, you will also attract like minded people as well as other people who will help you. Success is not found in a vacuum. Success is the result of asking yourself the right questions, making the right decisions and doing the right things and utilizing the network you are part of that has your best interest in mind. When you build upon the successes you have and spread it to other people it makes it easier for the successes to continue for you and for others.