Pod Learning and Extracurricular Activity

Multiple subjects tutors are available for pod learning, schoolwork support in multiple subjects, and extracurricular activities outdoors! We serve children in small groups, AKA learning pods or pandemic pods. Tutoring in multiple subjects is also available one-on-one. We welcome children from elementary school (grades K-5) and middle school (grades 6-8).

The tutor meets with your child online or travels to your home microschool or pod for synchronous and asynchronous distance learning support and outdoor learning. Services may also take place indoors with increased ventilation during the pandemic. Students learn English Language Arts creatively applied to multiple subjects; executive functioning (such as study skills, organization, time-management, emotion regulation, and self-awareness); and enrichment in multiple subjects. Students enjoy arts and crafts, storytelling, nature walks, science projects, dramatic play, music, and recreational gross motor play. They develop social skills and perspective taking in cooperative learning. Students spark critical thinking and creativity through educational exploration and games. Our multiple subjects tutors are leaders who recreate aspects of the in-person school experience that your children miss during the pandemic. As a parent, you'll also enjoy tips from the tutor for helping and working with your child.

Academic Support

  • Helping kids join and attend to their synchronous class lessons

  • Assisting kids with completing and turning in asynchronous work

  • Homework help

  • Test preparation

  • Helping kids catch up with remedial skills, aiding them to perform at grade level, and challenging  them according to their interests when performing above grade level

  • Tutoring in Common Core State Standards

    • K-8 English Language Arts (ELA): literature, informational text, foundational skills, writing, speaking and listening, language (grammar, mechanics, and vocabulary), history/social studies, science and technical subjects. Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy.  

    • K-8 mathematics: operations and algebraic thinking, number and operations in base ten, number and operations for fractions, measurement and data, geometry, ratios and proportional relationships, the number system, expressions and equations, statistics and probability. Common Core State Standards for Mathematical Practice.

Behavioral Support and Executive Functioning:

Executive functioning refers to self-management skills in which your child learns to act as his or her own coach, teacher, or "executive." Follow-up studies to the famous marshmallow test have shown that delayed gratification can be learned. Your child can learn to wait longer for preferred items and free play activities. Self-control is only one executive functioning skill. Below are some skills our tutors can teach:

  • Making choices by weighing options

  • Metacognition

  • Identifying new skills to learn

  • Setting goals and planning

  • Organizing

  • Time-management and waiting ("delayed gratification" or "impulse control")

  • Self-monitoring (i.e., observing one's own behavior)

  • Regulating emotions

  • Starting tasks and sustaining attention to them until completion

  • Working memory

  • Transitioning

  • Showing flexibility

  • Problem-solving

  • Creating and using checklists and other visual prompts

  • Using token systems independently


  • Arts and crafts

  • Creative writing

  • Nature walks

  • Science projects

  • Music and dance

  • Dramatic play

  • Gross motor play

  • Park outings

Who We Serve:

  • Children in grades K-8

  • English Language Learners/ESL students 

  • Students in general education

  • Students in special education and other programs 

  • Children performing at, below, or above grade level

  • Typically developing students and those with special needs, including gifted students and those with disabilities, such as autism, speech and language delays, and ADD/ADHD

    • A major concern among parents of children with disabilities is that their children are not learning enough in their classrooms, and their therapy programs cannot cover academic content. If this sounds like you, then Inspire's academic tutoring may be right for you!

    • Some tutoring companies expect children to be "ready to learn" and do not serve children who need help sitting, attending, and staying on task. These children are welcomed! Tutoring incorporates their preferences, choices, motivation, and positive reinforcement to help them learn.

  • Parents: sharing activity ideas, collaborating with you to tailor learning to your children's needs, providing daily tutoring summaries, and sharing tutoring tips with you. 

Approach and Methods: Our student-centered tutoring is play-based for young children and interactive for all students. We use emergent curriculum, while integrating the Common Core. We focus not on memorization but on application. Tutoring incorporates principles of applied behavior analysis (ABA), in which motivation and positive reinforcement are based on the student's preferences and choices. Comprehensive tutoring helps students catch up with remedial skills, as well as master and apply academic skills throughout their entire lives. 

Phases of Learning: Your tutoring experience may progress from assessment to mastery and beyond. 

  • Assessment: The tutor identifies baseline skills, i.e., the student's current strengths and areas of need.

  • Goals: The tutor and student or student's parents collaborate to set unique goals with mastery criteria.

  • Mastery: Every session the student practices new skills, taking a step closer to mastering goals. The tutor records the student's progress. 

  • Generalization: The tutor guides the student toward generalization, i.e., applying mastered skills in varied and novel contexts. Having learned the general principle behind a skill, the student creates and discovers ways to practice the mastered skill across diverse settings, people, instructions, and materials, in addition to producing varied and original responses. The purpose is for new skills to apply to the student's life in relevant ways.   

  • MaintenanceThe tutor checks maintenance, which is the persistence of skills over time. This is so important, considering that new skills build upon each other. The true test of learning is the independent demonstration of generalization and maintenance.

  • Independence: At Inspire, the ultimate goal is the student's independence in applying new skills, not only in academic contexts but also throughout life. The tutor's job is to gradually work herself or himself out of a job, as the student becomes more and more independent!

Locations: The tutor travels to you for outdoor education and pod tutoring at your home in the East Bay in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties, following health and safety requirements. The tutor may go on walks with your child to the open areas of a local park. Your child can also have sessions online in Google Meet, Skype, or Zoom for interactive lessons. We do not provide center-based services.

Health and Safety: For learning pods, a tutor can do at-home tutoring with extracurricular activities outdoors where health orders and weather conditions permit. We have a consent form for both tutors and families to follow the local and state COVID-19 health orders and CDC guidelines for everyone's health and safety. You may see the terms to receive services in person during the COVID-19 pandemic on this website. You will receive a complete copy of the consent form for your signature before services in person can begin. Online tutoring is also prioritized where practicable.

Contact: Contact Inspire Behavioral Learning to see if tutoring is right for you!

FREE initial 30-minute consultation!

Email: info@inspirebehavior.com
Phone: 510-296-5519

Fax: 510-296-5780


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  • Alameda County

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    • Dublin

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