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Emotional IQ vs. Intellectual IQ | by TutorNerds

Emotional IQ vs. Intellectual IQ: How do they compare?

Emotional IQ is the ability to handle complex, difficult and sometimes very sad situations. It is also the ability to navigate intricate social situations. Some children simply have a knack for socializing and are farther along than their peers (want your student to grow more confident and develop social skills? Try one of our in-home Orange County tutors). However, at the end of the day, emotional IQ comes with experience and time. A 35-year-old with a 110 IQ will almost always have a significantly higher emotional IQ than a 15-year-old with a 140 IQ. Some things just come with time.

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Intellectual IQ is the potential a person has, at any age, to achieve academically and to understand higher levels of thinking.

Gifted children (READ: GATE Testing) can find themselves in really tough situations if their adult counterparts expect them to have an adult emotional IQ. A 5-year-old has had 5 years of life experience, not 10 or 20 or 55. Even if their intellectual IQ is 130+ (the “gifted” cutoff), they still need time to grow and learn about emotional situations. Let’s look at some real life examples.

Emotional IQ vs Intellectual IQ: Example One

A second grader has an intellectual IQ of 135 but the emotional IQ of a seven-year-old. Her reading level is three grade levels above that of her peers and she easily gets bored with second grade books (Have you considered an Irvine private tutor for your child’s reading abilities? Check out: Reading Tutoring). It would be easy to give the child a fifth grade reading level book, but this could potentially be a big mistake. It’s really important for teachers and parents to look at the content of the higher level books and think about whether or not the student is emotionally ready to handle the content.

How would a second grader, no matter what their IQ, respond to learning about the Holocaust for the first time from a book? How would they respond to reading about the West Nile Virus in the newspaper? Content and skill are two very different things. It’s important to challenge a gifted learner intellectually while maintaining socially and emotionally appropriate content. Check out what these parents had to say about these books: ProTeacher.net

Emotional IQ vs Intellectual IQ: Example Two

A sixth grader, who happens to be gifted at math and has a 145 overall intellectual IQ, is struggling socially. Because he has a high IQ, he is expected to understand social situations that juniors and seniors in high school can handle. Just because he is a math whiz, doesn’t mean that he is able to have a relevant conversation with students five or six years his senior. Perhaps when they are 30 and 35-years-old respectively, the social situation will be quite different but a sixth grader will still needs to socialize with sixth graders, even if they are in different classes. I recommend that parents arrange time outside of school for their gifted child to spend with children their own age and have plenty of opportunity to just relax and have fun being 11-years-old.

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Emotional IQ vs Intellectual IQ: Example Three

A gifted child is asked to handle the academic workload of an adult. Many advanced and gifted learners are asked to not only take on the skill level of much older children or adults, but also adhere to the time table of an adult. Most of us sit down and concentrate at a desk for 8 or more hours a day and we have learned to cope with it. As adults, we know when to take breaks, when to get up and walk around and when to simply power through it. Children, no matter how smart they are, are not accustomed to sitting down for more than six hours in a 24 hour period. The beauty of childhood is to spend time outside, spend time with friends, and use the imagination. Adulthood will come all too soon enough and it is important that gifted children get time to simply be children. They need to laugh, play and have fun like all children.

Bottom Line

It’s essential to assess emotional IQ along side with intellectual IQ. The bottom line is that each child will have a potentially vast difference in their intellectual abilities. Some will be musicians, some will be engineers, and others will be artists or dancers. But a six-year-old is a six-year-old and emotional IQ generally doesn’t vary by more than a year or two if the child is under 18.

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The California Teacher Tenure Lawsuit: What You Need to Know

California Teacher Tenure Lawsuit and You

I have seen education change a lot in the past decade and the California Teacher Tenure Lawsuit is one of the more drastic changes I have seen. A good deal of the information is new and many questions are unanswered. I present three sides of the equation from three composite figures: Johnny Student, Mr. and Mrs. Doe, and Miss Jane. These, of course, are not real names but they do represent a good portion of Orange County’s population. (READ: Teacher tenure ruling in California)

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Johnny Student

Why revoking tenure is good for Johnny:

Johnny has been struggling in school for many years. His teachers just don’t get his learning style and his grades are suffering. His teacher, Miss B, has only been teaching for 2 years but she is a fantastic, talented, hardworking teacher and Johnny really clicks with her. Unfortunately, Miss B has been laid off because of seniority regulations and Johnny continues to struggle. If the tenure laws are revoked, Johnny could continue to blossom and thrive academically with Miss B.

Why revoking tenure is bad for Johnny:

Miss B, Johnny’s excellent teacher, is concerned that she might get fired if her students’ test scores aren’t high enough. Johnny has been struggling for a few years and so his test scores are a bit low. If Miss B had tenure, she could focus on helping Johnny thrive academically without fear of losing her job. With potential new laws, Miss B is concerned about her livelihood and gives more of her time to the higher scoring students so that her class average is acceptable and Johnny begins to fall through the cracks (in this case, Johnny will need a private Orange County tutor from TutorNerds to receive the attention he deserves).

Mr. and Mrs. Doe

Why revoking tenure is good for Mr. and Mrs. Doe:

The Doe’s have been asking for help from their daughter’s teacher, Mr. G, for several months. Mr. G seems to never be available and their daughter is not doing well. It doesn’t really make sense because she has done so well for the first several years of school. No matter what they do, Mr. G is never available and doesn’t seem to be doing a good job at all so the Doe’s file a complaint with the school. It turns out that Mr. G has several previous complaints but he cannot be fired because of his tenure. The potential new laws can change all that. Mr. G is given points of improvement that he must comply with or he will be let go. The Does’ daughter’s education is back on track.

Why revoking tenure is bad for Mr. and Mrs. Doe:

Mr. A, the does’ daughter’s great new teacher, has some bad news. He wants to tell the Doe’s that their daughter is struggling with grades and behavior. He has some ideas that he thinks will help her and he would like to share them with the Does. Unfortunately, Mr. A doesn’t feel comfortable discussing anything negative with parents out of concern that he will receive too many complaints. His students’ scores are high enough so he sticks to basic teaching methods. After a few years, Mr. A is frustrated because he can’t reach out to many of the students that he wants to and he resigns to another profession. The Doe’s daughter is reassigned to Mr. G’s class for next year.

Miss Jane

Why revoking tenure is good for Miss Jane:

Miss Jane is new to teaching. She gives every day her heart and soul. She won teacher of the year her very first year of full time teaching. All of her students love her and her students’ parents think that she is the best thing to happen to 21st was the last one hired, she could lose her job any given Friday. Many other, less enthusiastic, teachers will get to stay if the layoffs come just because of tenure and seniority. With the potential new law, Miss Jane can stop worrying and focus on her job.

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A few years later, Miss Jane starts to get distracted by other things in life and her quality of teaching begins to slide. She remembers that her job is on the line and so she keeps on task, makes extra time for her students and regains her top notch teaching skills.

Why revoking tenure is bad for Miss Jane:

Miss Jane is currently in college deciding on a major. Her older student colleagues tell her how easy it is to get fired as a teacher. Miss Jane compares the median salary for several professions and decides to go into another field. Her potential students never meet her nor do they benefit from her care and expertise.

Facts and Opinions about teaching in California

Fact:

Median salary for an elementary school teacher in Irvine, CA = $59,078

Median real estate and relocation director salary in Irvine, CA = $151,915

Median police patrol officer salary in Irvine, CA = $57,441

Median salary for a chief technology officer in Irvine, CA = $218,863

Median salary for a hotel manager in Irvine, CA = $109,178

Source: Salary.com

Opinion (but it’s really a question): Thousands of new, and potentially good or bad, college students need to declare a major in their junior year. Without tenure and seniority, how many will choose to go into teaching?

Opinion (but it should be a fact): Children deserve a free, high quality and equal opportunity education in the state of California.

Opinion (but it should be a fact): Teachers deserve to focus on their students and not worry about job security AND teachers who are truly unskilled and refuse to improve should look for another profession.

At the end of the day, we don’t really know yet if this is a bad or good thing. Like many things in life, it may be a mixed blessing. I recommend that parents stay informed, stay up to date and help their children stay academically strong by working with the teacher, learning how their children learn and providing support at home. (Read: More information on the teacher tenure lawsuit)

We’ll have to wait and see…

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Orange County Essay Contest ($500 Prize) | TutorNerds

“If there’s a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.”  – Toni Morrison

Orange County High School Essay Contest: Write Your Own Future

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Writing well is important. It’s important for your education, your future job, and various other social interactions. Even if you aced your high school English courses, odd are you’re still not adequately prepared for college level writing assignments. Writing well takes time, practice, and patience. Unfortunately, most students find this out the night before an important essay is due, or while writing their college entrance essays.

In order to help get the word out about America’s writing crisis, we’re calling on all Orange County private and public high school students to tell us why they think writing well is important. Further, you can win money ($500). Below is our official press release. Please contact us at info@tutornerds.com for any questions regarding the contest. Stay updated on the latest news by checking our Google +, blog, twitter, and facebook often. Good luck, OC!

Rules, Regulations, and Deadlines

Irvine, California – As a part of the Orange County community, local company TutorNerds is concerned high school students are entering college with insufficient writing skills. For instance, in a study administered by the National Center for Educational Progress, four out of five American students do not write proficiently. This is alarming. So how can we help? In addition to our tutoring services, we are committed to making this crisis part of everyday educational conversations. Most importantly, we want to show writing can be fun and fulfilling .

“We write to taste life twice, in the moment and in retrospect” – Anais Nin.

In a world of word processors, tweets, and texts, it’s often difficult for students to realize the importance of writing well. Sadly, most individuals discover too late that their abilities are not up to par with college standards. From business emails to wedding vows, having the ability to write well will always give you the advantage.  

For the reasons mentioned above, TutorNerds officially announces its Essay Contest for Orange County 9-12th graders. This essay contest gives local students the chance to compete for a first place Grand Prize of $500 towards the student’s education.

The contest specifics are as followed:

The contest is open to current students of any Orange County private or public high schools.
The essay prompt reads: “Describe why you believe writing well is important for your future.”

The contest submissions should be no more than 1,500 words written preferably with Microsoft Word and saved as a Word document. The 1,500 max word count should be taken seriously, as submissions with any more than 1,500 words will not be considered.

Students are required to ensure their submissions are written in Times New Roman, 12 pt font, and double spaced.

Submissions must be of entirely original content. Students are not allowed to receive any help from friends or family. Moreover, these submissions must be something that the student has written for this particular essay contest. This means that articles or content from previous school assignments, or even past essay contests, will not be accepted.

Contest submissions will be judged on three aspects:

Quality of content (including writing, grammar, spelling, punctuation, structure, etc.);

Persuasiveness of the student’s argument(s) as well as the persuasiveness of the student’s counter-argument(s);

Overall Originality (essays should be enjoyable, enlightening, and easy to read. In other words, use your own voice!).

First place will receive $500 towards his or her education. In addition, the top five essays will be credited and published  on our blog.

In order to be considered for this contest, students who submit content must also follow TutorNerds on twitter (@TutorNerds), as well as like TutorNerds’ Facebook page. Don’t be a contest hog! Help us spread the word by sharing, tweeting, and telling your Orange County high school contemporaries about the competition.

In honor of Walt Whitman’s birthday,  the deadline for submitting content is 12 Noon on May 31, 2014. Each student is asked to include in his or her submission their full name, e-mail address, phone number, the high school in which the student currently attends and the grade level, and the student’s twitter handle. Students should submit their essays to info@tutornerds.com

The winners’ names will be posted the week of the 16th of June, 2014. Students who submitted winning essays will also be contact via telephone, so it’s vital that students provide a correct telephone number.

This contest is void where prohibited by law. TutorNerds LLC reserves the right to refuse to award if doing so violates any applicable state laws.

TutorNerdsEssayContestPlease help us spread the word by sharing our contest on social media, as well as telling your classmates, teachers, and parents! We look forward to reading your essays, Orange County.

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Mindful Learning | TutorNerds

Mindful Learning: Meditating Good Grades

“Feelings come and go like clouds in a windy sky. Conscious breathing is my anchor.” – Thích Nhất Hạnh

The first time I practiced mindfulness, unbeknownst to me at the time, happened around third or fourth grade. Our teacher rounded us up for an assembly in the library. From what I can remember, the presenters were local actors, brought in to teach us their trade. Naturally, the acting tips came off as a bit trivial – like many of my contemporaries, I wasn’t an actor. Though, something did stick with me from that assembly; something they taught us at the very end.

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At the time, I didn’t know I was meditating. They approached it in an organic, almost tricky way. The actors had us all lie down and close our eyes. Despite its all around cheesiness, one of them put on an ambient, Brian-Enoesque loop on his keyboard. We all surprised ourselves at the level of quiet we had attained. Maybe it was the post-lunch lag, or the “a nap actually sounds good right now” mentality, but the actors had hushed up a large group of excited students – not an easy task. As we relaxed, the soft-spoken actor instructed us to take deep, mindful breathes. “Imagine you are floating on a cloud, away from all your distractions and worries” she said.

Did I know I was practicing mindfulness? No. Did I know this technique could be used for anxieties other than stage fright? Sadly, no. But what I did know, was that I felt focused, relaxed, and attentive. Imagine our class after the session. Once a wild herd of children leaving for an assembly, we returned cool, calm, and reflective. It’s hard to recall, but I’m sure, for the remaining hours in that day, we were ideal students.

So why do I bring up this story? Because practicing techniques such as meditation and mindful breathing in school shouldn’t be a novelty. They’re proven methods for promoting focus, attention, and calmness in that pesky amygdala. For instance, in an article on Kqed.org, author Katrina Schwartz claims,

“Studies of mindfulness programs in schools have found that regular practice — even just a few minutes per day — improves student self-control and increases their classroom participation, respect for others, happiness, optimism, and self-acceptance levels.”

Any student could benefit from less anxiety. The school year is wrapping up. Are your grades good enough? Are you prepared for the ACT? Breathe in: “you can do this. Your teachers, Tutor, friends, and family are all here to support you” Breathe out: “all the anxieties, worries, and stress.” Within moments of mindfulness, a student can stop paying attention to distractions, and focus on the task at hand.

slide3aThis is proving particularly beneficial in low-income schools, where students are distracted, and quite frankly, too scared to focus by the life that’s happening outside of class. In areas where most students have been victims, or know victims, of violent crimes, it’s hard for them to leave that frustration at the door. As a result, teachers in these areas spend most of their time dealing with angered, emotional outbreaks, instead of teaching curriculum. To avoid resorting to punishment, many schools are turning towards mindfulness. For example, some schools begin and end each day with a short meditation. (Watch this video from the Huffington Post to see a prime example of a ‘mindful school.’)

In addition, students are applying these techniques not just to class, but to the rest of their lives. “Students now have a common language to use when they want to calm each other down and fewer students are being sent to her office” states Schwartz, in regards to a low-income school’s principal.

Being mindful doesn’t only benefit students. Many teachers and tutors are finding focus from this practice as well. To illustrate, many believe meditation improves multitasking abilities. In How Meditating Helps With Multitasking author Tina Barseghian explains a multitasking study  where meditators and non-meditators were given an array of stressful tasks to complete. The results found those who practiced meditation were less stressed when completing the tasks, and even spent more time (focus) on each individual one.   “The meditators said they practiced the breathing they’d learned and listened to the little voice in their head saying “slow down.” They focused on the immediate experience and less on their evaluation.”

In a world where distraction is paramount, maybe it’s time educators started teaching mindfulness the same way they teach responsibility and honesty. All you have to do is look at the array of ADD and ADHD cases to see we need to prepare students for a changing world. In order to do so, tutors, teachers, and educators must be focused as well.  To recall the wise words of a Vietnamese monk, who wouldn’t want an anchor as natural as their own breath?

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Further Mindfulness reading:

4 Ways Mindfulness Transforms Your Life

More Mindfulness, Less Meditation

Buddhist Monk Encourages Mindfulness

Energy Drinks and Children: Should They Be “Wired?” | TutorNerds

Energy Shortcuts

Life is busy; as adults we know this all too well. While there are natural ways to fight stress and gain energy, many of us take short cuts. Recently, that popular choice became energy drinks. Adults understand they come with possible side effects, but age and maturity help to make an informed decision. For children, this thought process isn’t there. Energy drinks (Monster, Red Bull and Rockstar to name a few) are technically safe, but what harm is really being done to younger people, and are the negative side effects worth it?

The HillAny adult can tell you caffeine affects people differently. Dr. Marcie Schneider, a physician in adolescent medicine, expands this idea to children: “For some people, caffeine enhances their moods. For others it makes it worse. For kids who have some anxiety . . . caffeine can really increase [it].”1 to the mix is only asking for trouble. Additionally, she adds that since caffeine is a stimulant, it could cause a change in appetite. Adolescents tend to grow rapidly, so a significant increase or decrease in appetite could cause unhealthy weight gain or loss. Registered dietitian Ann Condon-Meyers reminds parents, “When you have a kid who is drinking more than one sugary drink a day, it’s a set-up for obesity.” As caffeine is addictive, children are being set up to fail; they’ll require more stimulants to get through the day, while increasing their sugar intake. (Read: 10 energy drink dangers)

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Another side effect of caffeine is sleep; specifically, a lack of it. Parents of adolescents
know how important sleep is to their health. However, caffeine is inherently known to cause sleeplessness, which as Dr. Matthew Keefer explains, will only make things worse. “They probably need a good 8 plus or 10 hours a night and teenagers as whole tend to get a lot less sleep. Many use caffeine to stay awake, and using a drug to make up for a deficit isn’t good.” Again, creating a cycle of dependency at such a young age is anything but helpful. As adults we should know better, but as children they could be making themselves vulnerable to complications down the road.

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So should we ban the sale of energy drinks to children? Probably not, but as educators we want them to understand there are better ways to feel energized. Caffeine is a drug and caution should be advised when using it, no matter your age. At the end of the day, everyone could benefit from trying a more natural approach to improving their energy. A quick search will leave you with tons of options, but my favorites are the simplest: exercise often, kick junk food to the curb, and drink water like a fish. The next time your kid reaches for an energy drink, make a pledge to ditch the shortcuts and work on living healthier lives, together. Children may not understand the anxiety they have, and adding an energy drink

1 Cox, Lauren. “5 Experts Answer: Is Caffeine Bad for Kids?” LiveScience. Web. 23 Feb. 2012