Vivian Best - Cultivating Possibilities
I have nine years of classroom experience in elementary and middle schools, both public and private. I have worked with a wide range of ability levels providing remediation as well as enrichment to students with learning differences of all kinds. I have been tutoring students for over 25 years!
I love teaching. I love answering questions and making it safe for kids to ask the questions that they've been afraid to ask their classroom teachers. I love being a supportive guide and coach for kids and adults, and turning obstacles into opportunities for growth!
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Frequently asked questions
What is your typical process for working with a new student?
With younger students, I like to build rapport with new students through modular origami and a brief assessment of interests and skills. I focus on a student's strengths, and look for ways to support students to understand their strengths and to be a trustworthy adult who can answer questions and support without judgement.
With older students, I do my best to help my students articulate their questions, so that they can guide our time together. It is important that they feel comfortable asking questions about what has been a struggle and identifying what is confusing.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I have been a math tutor since high school, and have over 25 years of experience as a private tutor. I have a Bachelor's Degree from Wesleyan University in Art History, and have had nine years of classroom experience in public and private schools. I have completed some coursework toward a Master's Degree in Educational Psychology with a focus on Gifted Education from the University of Connecticut at Storrs campus.
Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.
My current rate is $85/hr.
I offer prorated sessions. Some students prefer 30 minute sessions and some have the attention span for longer sesssions. Each student is different and I do my best to accommodate their needs.