With a focus on literacy skills and English Language acquisition, I use my Masters of Education degree from JIU and my experience as a classroom teacher and substitute to personalize the learning experience for each student. Implementing step by step activities to ensure growth in a fun and encouraging way exemplifies my approach to learning.
Undergraduate Degree: Humboldt State University - Bachelors, Liberal Studies Multiple Subjects
Graduate Degree: Jones University International - Masters, Elementary Curriculum Design and Instruction
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What is your teaching philosophy?
Learning what each student needs to progress in their own continuum of learning to meet goals is paramount. Breaking all learning into smaller skills so that success can be achieved at each step of the process. Finally, applying skills learned in a variety of ways to demonstrate that goals have been met.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
After goals have been identified, I would have the student demonstrate their current skills to help determine the path we'll take. It is also important to take a little time getting to know the student's interests so that possible real-life examples can be used to demonstrate and practice a skill.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
Working with the student, I would guide him/her through the steps to complete the goal, giving them the skills to organize his/her thinking around how to achieve a task. With each session, more of the work of organizing steps would fall on the student until he/she is able to complete the learning independently.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Positive feedback is essential to keeping learners in the growth mindset. The more a student feels good about their success, the more fun and motivation they will have. I would work with the student and family to find the right motivators for their belief system.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
Students who struggle with reading comprehension may need assistance with vocabulary, background knowledge about the text materials, or possibly some work with phonics and decoding skills. The types of errors a student is making would determine our path.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
Developing a relationship of trust and respect is a key to success as well as searching for the way to make the learning fun.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
Finding a way to link a subject of frustration with an area of high interest can help engage and excite a student.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
Formal and informal assessments would help determine if a student understands the materials. In addition, I would have the student teach me how to complete a problem to have them demonstrate understanding.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
Positive encouragement and praise can improve a student's mindset on any subject.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
Having a student produce a sample of their work can be a great indicator of their needs.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
A variety of manipulatives, writing tools, some electronic devices, movement, and text resources pertaining to the subject.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
By assessing and observing where the student is I am able to determine the next steps. If a student is in need of more movement, we may integrate physical acts into the learning.