I’ve been absent from this site for a while. Things have been changing and I’m excited to share them with you!

I started Wasatch Reading Club with the intention of helping students who struggle with reading. I value the experience of reading a good book and believe that reading is the best way to learn about everything and everyone around us. However, I realized that students who struggle with reading are likely struggling with school as well.

I needed to broaden my scope. I needed to change my offering. I have been producing YouTube videos and writing blog posts for Wasatch Reading Club, but I also teach high school English and English 1010, 2010, and 2200 for Weber State University through our high school’s Concurrent Enrollment program. Wasatch Academic Coaching is different. It’s more broad in covering all of the different elements of education, not just reading.

Every day I see students not motivated to do the work. There are many reasons why students struggle. It is possible that there are as many ways for students to struggle as there are students. And this is the problem with our Public Education System. How can I as a caring and demanding teacher, help all of my students where they need it most?

It is a daunting task.

Is it possible? Sure, why not?

Is it going to happen? I don’t know.

What would it take for me to help each of my students feel successful in school?

What about actually being successful in school?

Time. Time, and effort.

So, Dave. What is it you do as an Academic Coach? Is it the same teaching?

Kind of. I’ll explain.

  • Academic Coaching is helping an individual make discoveries about themselves.
  • Academic Coaching is about providing an outside commentary about what I see and hear from an individual.
  • Academic Coaching is helping an individual understand what they want, and what steps it might take to get there.

It’s like Athletic Coaching, but Academic.

  • Academic Coaching is not talking about the past, like therapy. It’s not a never ending schedule of appointments forever talking about the future.
  • Progress is made IF you’re ready to act.

Academic Coaching is dependent on trust.

Academic Coaching is for the student who has a hard time with homework completion, procrastination, turning homework in, being organized, and understanding assignment instructions. It’s a big process that can be overwhelming.

I can help break down what is expected, what it takes, and guide students on the ways of getting it done.

That is Academic Coaching.

I have experience not doing well in school. I understand the dichotomy of pleasure and pain as it relates to procrastination, homework, and grades.

I know what it’s like to go back to college as an adult with a family.

I know what it’s like to desire change and improvement and not know how to make it happen.

And, I have made it through.

I am available to work individually with students (and parents) through school and what teachers expect.

If you want to have a chat about your student and what it might look like to work together, drop me a line.


Good luck comes from good work!

Read on!


I remember sitting in a pre-algebra class in 7th grade, and being confused. I say a pre-algebra class, because I had to take it twice. With most of the equations and operations, I understood the process, but there were times when I didn’t understand the words used in the instructions. It was like it was a foreign language.

Math Vocabulary

There are so many math words that are regularly used in the adult world. We forget that these words are not regularly used by children unless they’re solving math problems.

For example:


are all words that I was regularly confused about. There are many more math vocabulary words but these are the basic, most frequently seen words. Often, I had to look up the meaning before proceeding with homework. Homework that was mostly about numbers.

Problem < Solution

Help define the vocabulary in the instructions. Create a key that can be accessed easily and used regularly. Practice breaking down story problems. What are you really trying to solve? Repetition is key in remembering what words mean, just like repetition helps us to remember steps to solving equations.

And here we see how language is valuable in another different area of study. In order to solve problems, we need to know what words mean, what we’re talking about, and what we would like to do.

Math is valuable. Reading is more valuable.

For those of you that must, math on!

For everyone, read on!