“I Recently Heard the Saying ‘Ask and You Shall Receive.’ I don’t Know How True This is But We Are About to Find Out.”
A Dream to Help At-Risk Students for Free is Born
My dream is to tutor children (in financial hardship) who are struggling with learning reading, writing, or math skills, free of charge. After obtaining my Master’s Degree in Education and becoming a school psychologist, I did a great deal of research on hands-on and multisensory learning. I also worked as a tutor part-time for several years and what I found is:
A Multisensory Approach Works Best for Students.
Some students need to be able to touch and move materials and utilize those materials in practical ways in order to learn and retain information. Reading, writing, and math can all be taught this way and research supports that we should be teaching this way.
I’ve had a lot of success using multisensory strategies with students who struggle to learn with the traditional teaching methods of sitting at a desk, learning from books and the blackboard, listening to the teacher talk, etc.
Fifth graders I tutored who were still working on reading kindergarten-level words, and solving simple addition and subtraction problems were reading some fifth-grade-level words, and solving simple multiplication and division problems after a few lessons with a multisensory approach. Their faces were lighting up too!
The results are clear, but many families can’t afford to hire a tutor, and most traditional schools don’t offer this approach to the extent needed for many children, even those receiving special education. That’s when I realized that we need a free alternative option to provide at-risk or struggling youth with instructional strategies that work for them.
How could I solve such a large problem of thousands (if not millions) of children needing free tutoring?
I Have The Solution: My Free Educational Content Online Can Generate Income to Provide Tutoring to Families, Free of Charge
You will see detailed information below explaining how free online content at Education and Behavior (educaitonandbehavior.com) will generate tutoring income…but first some relevant background information about the free content.
Education and Behavior is an online library that provides free research-based strategies and information to support children, of all ages and abilities, in the areas of academic, behavioral, and social-emotional development. All content is in an article or video format.
What Topics Are Discussed on Education and Behavior?
Topics on Education and Behavior include ADHD, autism, learning disabilities, intellectual disabilities, special education, behavior strategies, reading and math strategies, writing and spelling strategies, bullying/cyberbullying, anxiety, multisensory learning, cyber school & homeschool, children’s fitness, social skills, and much more. Free materials such as graphic organizers and social stories are available on the site as well.
Who is the Target Audience?
My target audience includes parents, caregivers, educators, counselors, and therapists – really anyone who wants to find out what scientific research recommends for children.
Why Am I Providing Free Content in an Online Library?
To Close Gaps in Consistency
The main goal of the online library, Education and Behavior, is to help bridge gaps in consistency, specifically regarding how children’s academic, behavioral, and social-emotional needs are addressed by different adults within and across home and school settings.
Consistency and research-based strategies are needed for the best outcome for all children, but it’s especially important for youth who are at-risk for challenges or those who are already struggling with academic, behavioral, or social-emotional development.
To help close the gaps, I have written 215 research-based articles (and counting) which are free to view online at Education and Behavior The articles capture what the research says, in easy-to-understand terms, giving adults one central location to find what they need to effectively support children’s academic, behavioral, and social-emotional development.
To Improve Accountability and Confidence with Easy-to-Read Research
Many caring and supportive adults feel a sense of pride and accomplishment when they independently seek out the information to support their children/students, read and understand it, and implement it. It’s even more exciting for them when they start to see a noticeable difference in a child’s learning, behavior, or social-emotional skills. When adults do this, they are taking accountability for their situation as well.
To Reduce Frustration
Having the free library also minimizes the frustration that comes when people feel they are receiving unsolicited advice from others, who may or may not be suggesting research-based strategies or strategies that will benefit the child(ren). The site can also help with the frustration adults can feel when they are unsure how to best support a child(ren).
Improve Program Effectiveness and Parenting Skills/Reduce Meeting times
Having an online library of academic, behavioral, and social-emotional strategies allows us to plan more quickly and accurately for students’ needs and/or educational program.
All the team members (e.g., parent, teacher, counselor, administrator, etc.) can be armed with the same research-based knowledge as they head into the meeting to discuss a plan. They can also have the strategies in front of them at the meeting.
Being prepared and knowledgeable as a team means less frustration, more research-based practices, better programming for students, enhanced parenting skills, and in-turn an improved school and home life for children (overall leading to an improved world.
Where Do the Research-Based Strategies on Education and Behavior Come From?
1 – Scientific Research Studies: The strategies and information found in the content on Education and Behavior come from peer-reviewed research-studies found in scientific journals such as Education Resources Information Center (ERIC), National Center for Biotechnology Information (NBCI), Journal of Behavioral Health, Journal of Behavioral Education, etc.
2 – Experience: The strategies are also supported by experience in the fields of behavioral health, childcare, and education.
For more than 20 years, I have worked with hundreds of children, parents, and educators. I have been in the role of a babysitter, teacher assistant, tutor, mobile therapist, behavior specialist, and school psychologist. I have also been a mom for the past seven years, using the same strategies with my own kids
Fortunately, I had the opportunity to try the strategies I learned in my courses and research, in a variety of home and school settings, including my own home, which showed me how truly effective they were. My experiences also taught me what areas people most often needed support in, which led to the topics on the site (shown above).
I remember when I realized in January 2014 (upon coming home from work after a day of inconsistencies) that adults need a “go-to” database with scientific research, in an easy-to-read format, to support children’s development.
How Can a Free Online Library Pay for Tutoring for Children in Need?
I currently have about 3,000 views every day on Education and Behaior (educationandbehavior.com), which brings in a little extra income. Basically enough to run the site and maybe pay a small bill or two, but not enough to allow me to tutor multiple children for free.
The one thing that will make my dream come true, other than writing more articles (which I will do), is more visitors to the site (educationandbehavior.com). 3,000 views a day can easily be 6,000 views a day. I just need people to know about the free library.
The income is generated from education or parenting companies (or other related companies) advertising on the site. More views on educationandbehavior.com = more income, which means free tutoring for children in need.
More Details About My Dream to Tutor ‘Children in Financial Need’ for Free
My dream is that one day the library will bring in enough to support the kids’ free tutoring. I would even promise to find one child to work with every time the library hits a certain milestone. As an example, 1,000 more views daily for one week = one child who will get free tutoring. More shares also means I can purchase more hands-on/multisensory materials for tutoring.
Why Am I Doing This?
For many children, a multisensory approach is the only method that works, but they never receive this type of instruction to the extent that they need it. This holds them back from learning something they could absolutely learn if they just had the instructional support they need.
I know I can provide the support, but many families often can’t afford to hire a tutor. Those are the children and families who I want to help. The ones who likely won’t get the support they need without someone stepping in and doing it for free. With enough income, I can hire and train others to do the same.
Word of mouth and social media are great ways to share our free content at educationandbehavior.com. Shares = Free Tutoring for Children in Academic & Financial need.
How Will I Be Held Accountable for the Tutoring?
With parents’ permission, I can share (on educationandbehavior.com) pictures/videos and progress of students’ benefitting from free tutoring using a multisensory approach.
I am also thinking that I can set up a program in which individuals can sponsor a child’s tutoring for one year or another agreed-upon timeframe.
Research studies can be complicated and confusing for some, and others don’t know where to find the information they are seeking. With Education and Behavior, all the content is easy to read for the average reader, and it’s all housed in one location. The more people read and share the content, the more I can tutor children at-risk free of charge. Can you help? Will you click share?
Call Rachel Wise at (484) 201 – 3815 for more information about educationandbehavior.com and my dream to tutor children for free using research-based multisensory methods. References available upon request.
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