I believe that all students can be successful in math when met at their specific ability level.
Undergraduate Degree: Temple University - Bachelors, Secondary Education Mathematics
Graduate Degree: University of South Carolina-Columbia - Current Grad Student, Educational Administration
I love shopping, running, cooking, reading, and cats! But mostly, I love all things math and teaching :)
10th Grade Math
11th Grade Math
12th Grade Math
1st Grade Math
2nd Grade Math
3rd Grade Math
4th Grade Math
5th Grade Math
6th Grade Math
7th Grade Math
8th Grade Math
9th Grade Math
Elementary School Math
Mathematical Foundations for Computer Science
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
I like to get to know the student first. "If you have a kid's heart, you have his head." I also start off with basic material for the course to gauge where the student is.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
My classroom is entirely self-paced. Students move through material once they've mastered the previous topics. Students find independence through choice. I offer my students a choice between worksheets or online work, reviewing alone or reviewing with me. Some choices are better than others and eventually students learn that!
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I offer encouragement and positive reinforcement. I would only suggest questions within the students reach so that he or she would feel confident when answering.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
I would review the topics necessary to be successful with that skill or concept. So much of math builds upon previous knowledge. I would find what was impeding the students' learning and work from there.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
I find that a positive and encouraging attitude goes a long way. I praise the student for whatever he or she is doing CORRECT, instead of condemning him or her for what he or she is doing wrong. I often tell students how easy they make my job.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
My positive attitude usually inspires others to work hard and engage in the material. I have a good repertoire of real-world events that relate to math.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
I often ask students to verbalize the steps they took to solve a problem. Many students can go through the motions, but being able to articulate and justify every move shows true understanding.