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With 17 years of experience working with students in all grades, Katrina is an expert tutor who can help your child succeed. Her tutoring enables children to move through fear and resistance to feel more confident and comfortable with school.


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Meet Katrina Martin, MA


Katrina has 17 years of experience as a tutor.


Her passion is to help students feel more confident and calm about school. She does this through academic coaching and tutoring, both of which include a combination of mindfulness techniques as well as practical tools that students can incorporate into their lives.​

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Books for Budding Scientists​

If you have a daughter, you'll want to know about the website A Mighty Girl. It features book, movie, and toy recommendations and is geared toward the elementary to early teen set. I came across their list of 30 books about female scientists and wanted to share it with you! It contains books for all ages about such luminaries as Jane Goodall, Temple Grandin, Sylvia Earle, Sally Ride, and Rachel Carson. The more girls see themselves in STEM roles, the more they may be drawn to a career in science and math. Of course, it is also important for budding boy scientists to know about the role women have played. These books highlight a range of sciences and formats, from picture books to chapter books.​

Tips for Excellent Annotations​

Whether it is to closely read a first-person narrative or to look for a character's motivations in a novel, teachers want to make sure students are reading with a critical eye and therefore will assign annotations. But students are not always given the tools to annotate well. Why do teachers ask students to annotate? It is useful because it helps students closely read difficult information, remain connected to their reason for reading, and remember what they read when they have to go back and write a paper or participate in a discussion on a particular topic. Here are some tips you can share with your child on how to annotate. Steps for Successful Annotation 1) Think about why you're reading the text.What is the assignment? Are you reading a chapter in a biology text as a preview of the next day's lecture? Does your teacher want you to look for metaphors in a poem? When you understand why you're reading a particular passage, chapter, or article, you are on the road to having good annotations. 2) When reading to learn content: paraphrase, ask questions, and look for key terms.You often read to learn content in science and history classes. For instance, your teacher may assign a chapter in a textbook or an article that will explain a concept to you, like cell mitosis or colonial economies. In this case, you want to do these things:paraphrase paragraphscircle vocabulary terms and underline definitionscreate vocabulary cardswrite questions in margins You don't have to paraphrase every paragraph; focus on the ones that are teaching you core concepts. Don't paraphrase with one word; make your annotation meaningful. When you circle vocab words and underline definitions, take a moment to make yourself a flash card if you are asked vocab on tests and quizzes. Write any questions you have in the margins so you can ask them later. 3) When reading for a specific purpose, annotate on that question or prompt.Your teacher may ask you to pull out examples of similes in a poem, or he might want you to look for passages on a particular theme. In the case of a prompt:check the prompt for key words that will let you know what the teacher wants you to do: analyze, evaluate, determine, argue, summarize, and support are some examples.all of your annotations should fit within those parameters; this will make it easier when you go back to the text to pull out ideas/quotes.make your annotations meaningful: don't just write, "OMG!" or "I agree!" Instead, write things like, "character is angry and lashing out," "calm water metaphor," or "reasons pilgrims wanted to leave England." 4) Annotate while you read.This is important! Although there is a learning curve involved in annotating well, it is not as helpful to annotate after the fact. Get in the habit of paraphrasing and writing notes and questions in the margins while you read. It helps you engage more closely with the text and think more critically about it while you read. Following these steps will help, and practice makes perfect! If you'd like me to give your child more specific instruction on annotating, please let me know.​


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