About Greg Bertsch, M. Ed.

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Why I started Teaching and the road to Remote Tutoring

I loved learning about the world around me when I was a kid. I grew up watching the PBS show Cosmos with Carl Sagan and was drawn into the magic that made life so interesting. Looking up at the night sky filled me with wonder about our place in the vast universe. Curiosity is born from wondering about how things work. When we encourage kids to be amazed at the answers to questions in their brains, we allow their imaginations to develop and their love for learning to flourish.

  • It was an honor, and a pleasure, for my son to have Mr. Bertsch for a first grade teacher during the 2020/2021 academic school year.  Mr. Bertsch was always compassionate, and at the same time, passionate about doing his best to balance a very new and difficult remote learning environment. It had been said… ”remote learning may not be the best scenario for many students”.  Mr. B embraced this challenge.  His hard work and dedication proved that there was a way to keep his students focused.  He made things fun and interesting resulting in a successful and educational school year.  Not only did Mr. B accomplish these goals, he taught his students to always be kind to others.  He referred to this as, “ kindness ripples”.  We continue to use this in our home on a daily basis.  My son will always remember to spread kindness through his school years and into his adult life.  Owen always says “Mr. B will always be his Favorite teacher”.

    Sara C.

Enjoyment of Online Learning

My enthusiasm for teaching started with coaching youth sports. I discovered the power of helping kids develop skills that, in turn, created self-esteem and self-confidence in daily life. By giving them tools to deal with adversity on the field in a productive, positive way, children can become self-empowered and will take risks to get better at something. This translates to learning in the classroom as well.

Taking the time to let young learners discover their gifts and talents takes time and patience. All too often, when in public schools, kids are expected to learn in a certain way on a specific timeline that so often does not correlate with their learning style, interests, or ability level.

When you align a child’s learning style and include their passions of interest, teachers create an environment that will encourage them to enjoy learning and be engaged. More importantly, joy becomes the byproduct of the entire process because the student is treated as an integral part of the learning, not some standardized test being in the driver’s seat.

My Recent Background From classroom to remote instruction

I currently have a masters in both education and as a reading specialist. I am a fully licensed teacher and have taught in Massachusetts for over ten years as a first-grade classroom teacher. I left the public school classroom to start my online tutoring business. For the past three years, I have taught students to read remotely. During that time, I have created a classroom with platforms that are easy to use and engage the learning process. Helping parents teach their kids and empowering them to feel comfortable with reading has been excellent, and assisting them in getting their child caught up to grade level or better. The beauty of teaching this way 1-1 or in small groups makes it easy to address all specific learning styles and follow the natural paths of interest and inquiry. I have helped students make up a whole grade level in 2 months or less with 1-1 tutoring. It is important to educate in the specific window of your own strengths and expertise. Many remote tutors will exaggerate their skills and teach all grades and topics regardless of their education and experience level. Finding a highly qualified teacher to accelerate your child’s learning can finally happen in the convenience of your own home using remotereadingtutor.com.

“The fact is that given the challenges we face, education doesn’t need to be reformed — it needs to be transformed. The key to this transformation is not to standardize education, but to personalize it, to build achievement on discovering the individual talents of each child, to put students in an environment where they want to learn and where they can naturally discover their true passions.”

KEN ROBINSON, Educationalist

The Importance of Social Emotional Learning

While teaching 1st grade, I discovered much about social-emotional learning and the importance of joy and fun in the classroom. Kids only easily learn when they are included in the process. If a child is engaged, feels self-empowered, follows their line of inquiry, and can enjoy what they are doing, learning becomes fun, translating to the desire to become a lifelong student.

Helping students learn to write allows them to discover their voice in the world. Reading opens up the imagination and creates an avenue to unexplored territories. Science is all around us, encouraging imagination exploration and allowing students to collaborate in discovery. Education can be powerful if each child can walk their path and learn in their own way. Please come on this remote learning journey and allow us to sail the ship of discovery with your child steering the course.

The Kindness Ripples Story

Watch this video to learn more, and then continue on to watch my full collection of videos related to kindness.

Kindness Ripples Effect

Kindness generates better physical and mental health benefits both to the giver, the receiver and the observer of such an act of compassion and consideration.

Poetry

I am inspired by my experience as a teacher and by the work I do with my students.

Grounded

November 7, 2009 at 3:02pm

Grounded
We all stumble in life sometimes
Walking along we don’t see the obstacle in the way
We are so focused on the end of the sidewalk that we trip
Falling down to meet the ground
The place where our feet usually reside
Hope doesn’t live there
You cannot see the road when you don’t get up from a fall
Some people spend their whole life here on the ground
Never seeing the ocean or the sky
The trees are ghosts in the forest
Holding up the sky so it does not fall down
When you were a child you would climb the tree to see farther
Your sight, momentarily heightened with the beauty in the world
But there you are on the ground
Why is it so hard to make the decision to get up?
All it takes is the desire to go on
To dream your reality into the future you create
Why does life seem to knock you down when you least expect it?
Where does the desire to remain on the ground come from?
The answer to this question resides inside each one of us
It is different for each individual
One thing picks us up off the ground
It is that need to discover what it was that knocked us down to begin with
It seems that if you never have the lesson of loosing your balance
You can never become aware of the inner strength it takes to stand
Hope is not a four letter word
For that is what you must have to look underneath
It is there that solace can be discovered
The inner drive that makes us all the same
It gives us a reason to find beauty in things
Even when beauty is sleeping
Pay attention while you take your turn on the road
Look with better eyes
Hope finds you just in time
As you get back up again
Slowing your pace slightly
Notice the world that surrounds you
Enlightenment is that perfect moment
When you understand for a brief second where you are
In between heaven and earth
The sky above and the path below
Your feet guiding your way
Tripping sometimes
But you smile knowing for the moment you are standing
GB

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