Teaching Kids on the Road

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I have to say that one of the biggest benefits of having my own online tutoring company is that I can take my work with me wherever I am.  Specifically, this weekend I drove to Pennsylvania to the Penn State area for a KSRA conference.  This is a conference for reading teachers that are part of the reading association.  I had the honor of speaking at the conference as an author.  As a reading specialist I absolutely love attending this conference because it is all about reading all weekend long.

For this trip I had decided to enjoy the scenery and drive.  How often do we take time to slow down to enjoy the beauty of the world?  So that is exactly what I decided

to do.  I enjoyed the fall foliage and when it came time to instruct my students I pulled over at a service area and set up my remote office.

-remote office

All I needed to do was set up my computer, take out the child’s folder and begin working for the day.  Sometimes the WiFi at places works well and sometimes it doesn’t.  My trick to that problem is to use my phone as my hot spot.  If I have problems with my phone, then I use the free WiFi.  Either way, it ends up working, and my students are still able to get their session in even though I am not at my house.  I love it.  This was definitely not something that I could have done when I was teaching in the classroom.  I would have to get a sub and spend hours on creating lesson plans that sometimes didn’t even get taught.

During the conference I was able to set up my remote office in my hotel room, and I would attend the conference during the day and work with my students at night.  I have some people who say, wow that sounds like a lot of work.  It really isn’t.  To me I find peace in helping kids with their reading.  It allows me to come alive and be of service in a way that I have always wanted to be of service.  And I get to do it for children all over the world, not just kids that live close to me.

I also get to experience amazing opportunities all over the world.  I was asked to speak at a conference in Texas when I was a Reading Specialist in the school, and they refused to give me the time off to let me speak.  That no longer gets to be a problem today.  Not only that but I get to make amazing friends who are successful authors as well.

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I got to meet Debbie Dadey the author of the Baily School Kids and had her sign books for my kids.  I got Slime Wars for my daughter Katelyn and book 3 of the Mermaid Tales for Rebecca.  They have loved them so far.  Here is a review that Katelyn and I created about Slime Wars.  

http://youtu.be/HCMqlr5plKM

I got to spend a lot of time with Kathy Miller who is the author of a series called Chippy the Chipmunk and fall in love with her work.  She is an amazing photography and writer.

I also got to meet the dynamic duo Danny and Kim Adlerman who have more books than I can count.  We had the opportunity to sign books next to each other, so I was very excited to get to know them at such a deeper level.  My kids instantly fell in love with their book How Much Wood Could a Woodchuck Chuck!

If you could tutor online and go anywhere in the world, where would you go and what would you do?

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7 comments
  1. I think having a “mobile office” was the smartest business decision I ever made. It not only frees up my time and my life but allows me to provide clients with more useful knowledge and skills than if I was trapped to a desk all day. I’ve worked from a beach in Bali to a castle in Scotland all with success. I love the new tech realm. Have wifi will travel!

  2. Isn’t it amazing how we can now work out of our homes and reach a much larger audience simply by utilizing the internet! I loved reading your post today! Thank you for visiting my blog as well :)

  3. Love this idea!! Amazing how tutoring online can help children around the world. Great job! The internet has opened up opportunities that otherwise would have never happened. I coach also via Skype, Messenger, ooVoo, and other programs that’s convenient for my clients. God bless the internet inventors!!
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  4. Wow, what a wonderful job and a wonderful life. It sounds crazy but have you ever thought of traveling full time and teaching as well? What a buzz! Were you a teacher to begin with or did you create an online tutoring company. If I could work online teaching children from anywhere, I would still live in the mountains where I live now and teach people how to do research. I can learn and teach pretty much any subject I put my mind to. Research is my greatest strength.
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    • I may travel full time in a few years. My kids are still pretty young, so they come first. They are 6, 9 and 10. But in ten years, life will look very different for me, and I can definitely see myself traveling a lot more.

      Yes, I started in the school system and was there for 10 years. I got my Masters and received a Reading Specialist license, so teaching reading is my passion.

      I love that you would stay in the mountains. I can only imagine how beautiful that is. Reasearch is fun. I really admire people who take the time to do it, so that people like me can always be putting best research practices in place when teaching kids.

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