I live in community eco-housing in Bristol (UK) with my wife and children, Willow (6) & Alby (4). We run a group homeschool using a ‘self-directed’ model which marries Montessori tools with ALC (Agile Learning) structure I have a background in music / singer-songwriting and have written over 300 songs :) All my time and energy now goes, broadly speaking, into ‘alternative education’ initiatives, like the homeschool, and the broad empowerment of teenagers through tutoring and mentoring. My wife and I still sing and play music together every weekend :) I love to be with children of all ages, and young adults; I also love to play football, camp and surf.
Co-founder of the Indie Tutors Network
It is all about the relationship, so my primary wishes are to: Identify the genuine and personal motivations in each student Get to know the real them (without interference from home or school cultures) Demonstrate natural understanding, and complete support Form a shared bond of simple trust and commitment Develop a warm, authentic and focussed working relationship as the basis for optimal study & results My mission with each student I take on is to empower in them their own natural drives to learn, and do well, in an easeful and enjoyable way. I am very good at clearing away the typical underlying obstacles - resistance (to parents or teachers), doubt (in their own ability), laziness & procrastination, fear of failure, anxiety... I also know the course content inside-out and how most students limit themselves. In English it is almost always poor essay-writing technique and in Maths, lack of composure - not reading the question properly, mistakes in the working, rushing etc
The author, a specialist in teaching essay -writing technique to teenagers preparing for GCSE English exams, explores the immense power in training up simple, natural restfulness in students newly faced with this most daunting of academic tasks...
Henry Dingle | 21 November, 2018