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The Other Side of the Coin

In my last blog post, I noted all the happy warm-fuzzies related to tutoring reading. Lest I discourage anyone, let me flip that coin and show you the other side.

Sometimes kids don't want to come to tutoring. Even the students who usually behave angelically for me often give their parents a hassle about coming for instruction.


There is a saying that "you don't harvest in the same season that you sow"...As with many circumstances in life, this statement is true in tutoring land.


Often the gratitude, the recognition of benefits, the warm fuzzies happen after the tutoring has been completed; in some cases years after.


If you are a parent, a tutor, or an observer of this process--don't be discouraged. Making improvements in reading is a marathon, not a sprint. Take a breath...persevere. Enjoy the small victories along the way. The harvest you seek happens over time.

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