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         Historically employers, teachers and parents have all had the situation where a novice employee begins working with a novel program, a student transfers into a new classroom or a child fails to grasp an original concept from an otherwise great teacher. In order to tutor or train this individual we try to engage a diverse group of very different people with whatever is at our disposal. Many times the trainee will not be entirely enthusiastic or engaged. Technology offers the latest trends at lightening speeds, and the student is distracted easily. Proven, successful and learner-centered classes are readily available online. In this day and age of “Google it!” tens of thousands of results may materialize, therefore we need to examine, index and choose what resources are vital, acceptable and result-oriented to suit our needs and the needs of the learner.

 

Many of our foremost and provocative thinkers, writers and industry leaders continue to meet the old fashioned way, in person at the Aspen Institute in Colorado. Traditionally the Institute and its partner The Atlantic sponsor a week long retreat to create opportunities for dialogue and inquisitive discussion between leaders in a myriad of fields. At an intellectual exchange just a few years ago Bill Gates mentioned that his children were supplementing their education with classes from Khan's Academy, (at the time,) a YouTube video channel he found which offered the best math instruction he could find. Following this enlightening discussion many were intrigued and offered to invest in Salman Khan's offerings. The evolution has brought the channel to become a not-for-profit organization with an ever growing number of classes, videos, exercises and ideas to help educate students around the world.

All types of courses are increasingly being made available online from some of the most premier colleges and universities. Harvard, MIT and the colleges at Oxford; all teaching everything from painting to physics, Microsoft PowerPoint to basic algebra in MOOC's (Massive Open Online Courses) or other similar design formats. Similarly, Khan’s Academy has been so successful and intriguing, millions have used the ever expanding resources they offer at no charge. School districts around the nation have begun to implement programs in their curriculum and the Academy has even aligned their course offerings with the "Common Core Standards" adopted in over forty states in the nation.

There are so many options available, however and what teachers, and coaches, need to be trained on is how to utilize what may be most advantageous for their needs. In order to guide these teachers so they may in turn tutor students struggling with math concepts I propose training teachers to coach students through Khan Academy's proven website; in The World of Math!

 


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