Tutoring Online, Homeroom, Teaching AP Classes and Driver's Ed

I recently [and finally] got into tutoring online through Wyzant and am really enjoying it.  I would recommend any teacher looking for a little extra money check into the site.  My three students so far have been a 5th grade boy, a high school student and a college student.  Several adults also ask for tutoring and I look forward to hopefully helping some of them as well.  

I am confident that this tutoring experience will help me continue to grow as a teacher.  Working individually with students of all different ages and skill levels forces a teacher to be patient and truly tests their teaching ability.  I'm not saying I'm the ultimate teacher; rather, this opportunity has reinforced in me the value in having time to work one-on-one with students.  

I have a confession.  I haven't taken full advantage of the homeroom time we have at school to work with students individually.  I'm somewhat disappointed considering I teach juniors and seniors in AP Chemistry and AP Physics that very few have reached out to me for extra help during the homeroom time that we often have at the end of the day.  I've reiterated several times that I refuse to give homework just to fill up a gradebook and that being successful in college is so much about effort, time management and discipline.  With a week to go before the AP tests, some of my students have finally gotten a sense of urgency.  Of course, it could very well be too late.  AP exams in Physics and Chemistry are truly challenging.  I'm fairly confident that these tests are at least as hard as any of the tests that I took in my college science courses.  [I don't want to talk about my take-home Inorganic Chemistry test.  Yes, believe it or not, the take-home test was next to impossible.]   I've learned a ton in teaching AP classes for the first time.  One thing I've accepted is that some students are simply willing to put in the work to be successful and others are not.  Some are still in denial that even though they're highly accomplished at playing the game of school that they still need to put in work in an AP Chemistry or AP Physics course.  Nevertheless, I'm glad I've had the chance to teach AP courses and look forward to making changes to improve my classes next year.  

After the AP tests next week and the school year ends before Memorial Day, I'll be back to Driver's Ed this summer.  Driver's Ed is another great chance to work with students one-on-one and build relationships with students that I may have in class later.  Although I'd rather just spend time being with my daughter or working on my board game ideas, I'm grateful to have this summer gig.  

Thanks for reading and if you're a fellow educator I hope you have a great rest of the school year!

-- Jason