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New Science & Coding Classes for January 2021

Coding Cadets: An Introduction to Python Computer Programming
Coding Cadets will introduce young 7th and 8th grade learners to the wild and wonderful world of Python programming, as well as empower students to analyze real data to hunt for exoplanets! The course will begin with computer science fundamentals to provide an understanding of what a computer program is, what a program can do, and how to build a program. Next, students will be introduced to the basics of data analysis and visualization, using datasets from NASA’s Kepler space telescope to determine which space signals indicate an undiscovered exoplanet. We hope this course offering will inspire our students to appreciate computer programming and data analysis as important tools for their futures in any career path, while embarking on a celestial adventure they won’t soon forget!

Cost: $400 per student
Days/Times: Thursdays, 5-6:30pm
Dates: 1/14, 1/21, 1/28, 2/4, 2/11, 2/18
Sign Up Here: https://www.hisawyer.com/bee-tutored/schedules/activity-set/182161
Tutor Bio of Randall Ellis, Senior STEM & Coding Instructor at Teddy’s Tutoring LLC
As a Data Scientist & Programmer at the Friedman Brain Institute of Mount Sinai Hospital, Randy uses Machine Learning to analyze large DNA datasets prepared from the brains of opioid overdose victims. Randy combines his passions for Neuroscience, Computer Programming, and Data Analysis to map out the complex neural circuits that go awry in opioid addicted brains for the development of novel therapies against substance abuse. Randy is also an accomplished coding coach with noteworthy results supporting students through courses ranging from Data Structures and Algorithms to coding and programming languages, such as Python and R. Randy has a passion for mentoring young learners interested in exploring the world of Big Data and Computer Programming!

 

Young Minds: An Introduction to Neuroscience
Young Minds is an early exploration into the vast world of brain science! The course will begin with the brain cell (neuron) and how its structure allows it to electrically and chemically communicate with other cells within its neural circuit. We will then consider specific regions of the brain and the pathways responsible for carrying out everyday human experiences like riding a bike, enjoying the sweet taste of ice cream, playing catch with a friend, and much more. The course will wind down with insights into how normal brain functions are disrupted in the case of brain injury, as seen in concussions and other traumatic brain injuries. Young Minds aims to equip 7th and 8th grade students with the knowledge necessary to navigate the dynamic nature of the brain in its role as the control center for all human functions and experiences! By doing so, we hope to engage our students by bringing middle school science curriculums to life, as students learn how the structure of brain cells facilitates the passing and integration of information the brain receives from the outside world.

Cost: $400 per student
Days/Times: Tuesdays, 5-6:30pm
Dates: 1/12, 1/19, 1/26, 2/2, 2/9, 2/16
Sign Up Here: https://www.hisawyer.com/bee-tutored/schedules/activity-set/182162
Tutor Bio of Catharine Mielnik, Ph.D, Senior STEM Teaching Instructor at Teddy’s Tutoring LLC
Catharine is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Department of Pharmacology in the University of Toronto, Canada, developing treatments for a number of psychiatric disorders such as autism, depression, anxiety, and schizophrenia. Catharine has an extensive background in teaching and mentoring students who are curious about the brain and mental illness. In her past 10 years in Academia, Catharine has served as a teaching instructor and a laboratory mentor for hundreds of students taking a variety of courses in brain science. Catharine’s passion for neuroscience education has been a constant throughout her career in research, as she strives to inspire a fascination for the inner workings of the brain in all of her students in the classroom and in the lab!

Neuro 201: Is the Human Brain Plastic?
Neuro 201 is an exploration of the complex networks within the human brain, networks that are constantly reshaping and rewiring to meet the demands of a developing brain in a dynamic environment. We call this phenomenon brain plasticity, or the brain’s capacity to be malleable and plastic-like to facilitate learning a new language, perfecting the crossover move at basketball practice, or acing the AP exam after months of rigorous studying! In this course, students will first develop an understanding of brain cell structure. Students will then learn about the billions of connections a brain cell forms with neighboring cells and how these connections form the massive brain network that is constantly reshaping to help us function, adapt, and learn! The course will then transition into the many facets of healthy brain function facilitated by brain plasticity, such as language development, learning, memory, aging, and recovery from brain injury. Neuro 201 will equip 7th and 8th grade students with the tools necessary to navigate the dynamic nature of the brain in its role as the control center for human growth and development. During this course, we hope to provoke students’ intrigue into their middle school science curriculums by building insight into the role brain plasticity plays in their personal development as students, athletes, and young adults.

Cost: $400 per student
Days/Times: Sundays, 4-5:30pm
Dates: 1/10, 1/17, 1/24, 1/31, 2/7, 2/14
Sign Up Here: https://www.hisawyer.com/bee-tutored/schedules/activity-set/182163
Tutor Bio of Emmy Sakakibara, M.S., Senior STEM Instructor at Teddy’s Tutoring LLC
Emmy is a Molecular Neuroscience Researcher at the Friedman Brain Institute of Mount Sinai Hospital investigating the role of rare genetic mutations in the brain and how these mutations disrupt nerve growth in the progression of Alzheimer’s Disease. In collaboration with her research team, Emmy conducts genetic sequencing and cell imaging experiments for the development of novel Alzheimer’s Disease therapies. Outside of her time in the laboratory, Emmy enjoys teaching and serves as an instructor for MedDOCs, an afterschool program geared towards mentoring NYC high school students interested in pursuing careers in science and medicine. Emmy will be attending medical school in the U.S., where she seeks to develop her career as a clinician-scientist and educator. Emmy is a skilled STEM instructor with extensive teaching backgrounds in both the U.S. and Japan!

 

Physiology 101: An Overview of the Human Body
Physiology 101 is an exploration into the human body and the many systems that keep our bodies in the state of equilibrium known as homeostasis. In this course, students will gain an appreciation for the biological system of checks and balances that maintains this internal equilibrium despite an ever-changing environment. First, we’ll dive into the cardiovascular system and discover how the heart pushes blood through the arteries, delivering oxygen-rich blood to oxygen-starved organs and muscles during exercise. Then, the class will explore how insulin-producing cells of the pancreas regulate the body’s blood sugar after a high-carb meal. Next, students will learn how the white blood cells of the immune system release bacteria-killing chemicals to fight off microscopic invaders after a student falls off their bike and scrapes their knees. Lastly, we’ll consider how the pineal gland of the brain secretes melatonin after a late night playing Fortnite with fellow classmates! Physiology 101 will inspire 7th and 8th grade students to think of the human body as an integration of beautifully designed systems that harmonize together to maintain order within. By developing this appreciation, we hope to bring biology class to life and unlock the wonders of homeostasis!

Cost: $400 per student
Days/Times: Mondays, 5-6:30pm
Dates: 1/11, 1/18, 1/25, 2/1, 2/8, 2/15
Sign Up Here: https://www.hisawyer.com/bee-tutored/schedules/activity-set/182164
Tutor Bio of Ugochukwu “Ugo” Emmanuel Okolie, Senior STEM Instructor
Ugo is a Honors Calculus and Biology Professor at the Northwood Boarding School in Lake Placid, New York. Ugo’s passion for teaching began in his hometown of Lagos City, Nigeria, where he mentored elementary and middle school students struggling with advanced math and science concepts at the Brilliant Child College of Lagos. Ugo further developed his love of STEM education at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania where he obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Biology while mentoring underclassmen seeking guidance in their Calculus and Genetics courses. While in University, Ugo’s leadership skills extended past the classroom, as he led the Franklin and Marshall Men’s Soccer team to a Centennial Conference Championship his Junior year while winning All-American Honors. Ugo claims the title of Head Soccer Coach at the Northwood Boarding School and advocates for the use of athletics in building the confidence and perseverance of his students on the field, in the classroom, and in their everyday lives!

 

WRITING, GOVERNMENT & PODCASTING CLASSES

Dig Into Politics: An Introduction to Government 
Beginning by asking “What is government?”, this class will guide young thinkers, grades 6th through 8th, in how politics affects them. We will Dig In by discussing different forms of government throughout history, acknowledging advantages and disadvantages, and then talk about how our government works for us. We will use interactive examples relating to personal safety, personal rights, special interests, and many more, running into many of the same frustrations that modern politicians must confront. Homework will entail imagining systems that work differently from the ones we currently have, to improve how government runs or the services it provides. Over the course of six weeks, students will gain practical knowledge of the ins and outs of politics and government, grounded in the understanding of how these abstract theories relate to them personally.

Cost: $375 per student using code 25OFF
Days/Times: Thursdays, 4:30pm – 6:00pm
Dates: 1/14, 1/21, 1/28, 2/4, 2/11, 2/18
Sign Up Here: https://www.hisawyer.com/bee-tutored/schedules/activity-set/187546
Instructor Information:
Stephen Bennett is an educator, director, writer, and composer. He has been tutoring and teaching in New York City since 2012, including spending two years as a middle school math teacher in Brooklyn. Originally trained as an actor, Stephen has a deep love of language, and has been composing for and directing theatre shows for almost a decade. He holds an MFA from NYU Tisch in musical theatre writing, and spends his summers in upstate New York, co-directing the young people’s Shakespeare program at the West Kortright Center. Stephen is a longtime follower of politics, with a passion for economic theory and knowing the systems behind how our society works.

Creative Writing: Crafting a Personal Story
This six-week class for 7th and 8th grade students focuses on the crafting and presentation of a true personal story in podcast form. Through a series of exercises, students will explore their own lives to identify a meaningful personal experience that they will refine and edit into a short story to be shared with the group and invited guests at the final session. Concepts such as stakes, story arc, imagery, and theme will be illustrated using examples and through group discussion. Students will work on multiple story ideas, practice active listening, and learn how to provide constructive feedback. Theater games, ice-breakers, and other team-building activities have been modified for the virtual space. Homework will include composition based on prompts as well as practice readings. There will also be discussion about the power of storytelling and its practical application in college applications, personal essays, job interviews, and beyond. The final project will include a recording of the students’ personal stories in a podcast episode. This exercise will allow students to hear how they sound while telling their stories and gain skills to work on their storytelling performance. The final project will also be a fun memento for students to carry with them beyond this class and share with family or friends.

Cost: $375 per student using code 25OFF
Days/Times: Thursdays, 4:30pm – 6:00pm
Dates: 1/14, 1/21, 1/28, 2/4, 2/11, 2/18
Sign Up Here: https://www.hisawyer.com/bee-tutored/schedules/activity-set/188819
Instructor Information:
Tim Lopez is a writer, storyteller and teaching artist. He has been an instructor with the Moth Community Program since 2012. His stories have been featured on The Moth Radio Hour, WNYC in New York, KCRW in Los Angeles, and CBS Radio nationwide. He has worked extensively with students and local community groups to craft personal stories all over New York City, including International High School at Prospect Heights, Bronx Academy of Letters, and School for Classics.

Writing With Your Whole Body: Where Self Expression meets Self-defense
Get pumped! In this 8 week stimulating virtual writing and movement course, students combine principles and practices of self-defense and physical power with principles and practices of self-expression and awesome writing. They work on their strength, stamina, and style on the page and in their bodies.

Each week’s class includes movement/physical training, mindful focus, and discrete writing exercises. Students will leave with ways to stay physically active, and to get their thoughts in effective and exciting ways into words. They will also leave with tools for writing well about themselves and their interests, a small “body” of written work, and techniques for moving through creative or mental blocks.

Classes will be fun, deeply inclusive, and high energy. This is not your typical writing class! All ability levels are welcome. At the end of the course, students will *pass* a self-defense challenge, and can receive special feedback on 2 of their favorite pieces of writing.

Your co-teaching team Sara Nolan and John Gonzalez can’t wait to see what is possible for you!

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Extras: **We can accommodate those who do not identify as able-bodied if we are able to speak individually with the participant to understand and work safely with their constraints. **class participants get discounted rates on a 1:1 writing session with Sara Nolan

Cost: $375 per student using code 25OFF
Days/Times: Saturdays from 2:00pm – 3:00pm (8 weeks) – 4th & 5th graders
Dates: 1/16, 1/23, 1/30, 2/6, 2/13, 2/20, 2/27, 3/6
Sign Up Here: https://www.hisawyer.com/bee-tutored/schedules/activity-set/187550

Cost: $375 per student using code 25OFF
Days/Times: Saturdays 3:00pm – 4:00pm (8 weeks) – 6th, 7th and 8th graders
Dates: 1/16, 1/23, 1/30, 2/6, 2/13, 2/20, 2/27, 3/6
Sign Up Here: https://www.hisawyer.com/bee-tutored/schedules/activity-set/187549
MUSIC & THEATRE CLASSES

Music at Work: Beginning Musical Fluency
What is music? What makes good music? What is happening when something in a piece of music changes? In Music at Work, we will work our way through these questions and many more. Students will get experience engaging with sheet music and musical notation. They will learn to discuss music on a technical as well as emotional level. We will use the work of contemporary musicians such as Billie Eilish, Ariana Grande, and Drake, as well as classical musical examples, film scores, and the work of experimental composers like John Cage to analyze what is actually going on in a piece of music. Homework will include some basic note writing, We will seek and revel in the aspects of music that bring us joy, and recognize which aspects do not and why. Grades: 7th, 8th, 9th & 10th

Cost: $375 per student using code 25OFF
Days/Times: Tuesdays, 4:30pm – 6:00pm
Dates: 1/12, 1/19, 1/26, 2/2, 2/9, 2/16
Sign Up Here: https://www.hisawyer.com/bee-tutored/schedules/activity-set/187547
Instructor Information:
Stephen Bennett is an educator, director, writer, and composer. He has been tutoring and teaching in New York City since 2012, including spending two years as a middle school math teacher in Brooklyn. Originally trained as an actor, Stephen has a deep love of language and has been composing for and directing theatre shows for almost a decade. He holds an MFA from NYU Tisch in musical theatre writing, and spends his summers in upstate New York, co-directing the young people’s Shakespeare program at the West Kortright Center. Stephen is a longtime follower of politics, with a passion for economic theory and knowing the systems behind how our society works.

Virtual Shakespeare Play:
Timon of Athens: The Epic Downfall of a Rich Do-Gooder

Often unfairly neglected in the Shakespearean canon, Timon is a complex play of great emotion and disappointment. The overly-generous Timon ignores warnings of misfortune to come, then ends up feeling betrayed by his society when his wealth runs out, and his friends abandon him. He leaves Athens to live in a forest, where he spouts ill-will toward men, yet still manages to capture the hearts of all who encounter him. It is at once a morality tale and a deeply empathetic, darkly comical portrait of a kind (if foolish) man. Over eight weeks, students will learn to engage actively with Shakespeare’s language, develop deep, nuanced characters, and perform the verse confidently. We will focus on how we relate to what is happening in the play and the characters’ individual emotions as we bring a classic play set in an ancient land into the digital age. The play will be rehearsed and performed live over zoom, completely memorized and featuring as many design elements as are practical. Grades: Middle & High Schoolers

Cost: $675 per student using code 25OFF
Days/Times: Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays 4:00 – 6:00pm (8 weeks)
**Last week is Tech Week and we will meet Mon-Thurs from 6:00pm – 9:00pm
Dates: 1/11, 1/13, 1/15, 1/18, 1/20, 1/22, 1/25, 1/27, 1/29; 2/1, 2/3, 2/5, 2/8, 2/10, 2/12, 2/15, 2/17, 2/19, 2/22, 2/24, 2/26
Tech Week: 3/1, 3/2, 3/3, 3/4 (Mon-Thurs) 6:00pm – 9:00pm
Performance Times: Friday, 3/5 at 7:00pm & Saturday, 3/6 at 7:00pm
Sign Up Here: https://www.hisawyer.com/bee-tutored/schedules/activity-set/187548
Instructor Information:
Stephen Bennett is an educator, director, writer, and composer. He has been tutoring and teaching in New York City since 2012, including spending two years as a middle school math teacher in Brooklyn. Originally trained as an actor, Stephen has a deep love of language and has been composing for and directing theatre shows for almost a decade. He holds an MFA from NYU Tisch in musical theatre writing, and spends his summers in upstate New York, co-directing the young people’s Shakespeare program at the West Kortright Center. Stephen is a longtime follower of politics, with a passion for economic theory and knowing the systems behind how our society works.

Bee Tutored Learning PODs
As we approach September, our thoughts are turning to how we can best support our families with what is certain to be a challenging fall and winter. We recognize that many families are very much in the dark about how much, what kind, and even if, there will be any live instruction this fall. We share the frustration that educators and families are feeling about the lack of direction, and we want to help.

Starting September 2020 we will be offering private small group instruction to either complement, supplement, or where there is a need, replace the education offered within NYC.

 

Private groups will be limited to up to 5 students and 1 tutor, and can be either remote or in person. The parent organizer’s fees will be discounted, and they will be responsible for creating the group, and liaising with the tutor. Bee Tutored encourages families and tutors to follow CDC guidelines.

We understand that families may not know exactly what they will need for the fall, and we are willing to work with you to pivot as needed once more information about what schooling will look like becomes available. However, because we want to ensure that we find the “just right” tutor for your group, we think it is important to begin thinking about this now, and forming plans.

Our small group instruction leaders will be available for the following services:

    School day or afterschool instruction

    One, two or three hour sessions

    Daily sessions, weekly sessions, and everything in between

    Guiding students through their virtual school-day, and teaching content as needed

    Subject-specific teaching, tutoring, and homework help

 

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