I have been a teacher for 30 years. I have taught all grade levels. I love to teach! I was a tutor for Sylvan on-line and enjoyed the students that I became acquainted with.
I have twins, a boy and a girl, that are 25. My daughter is a teacher and an artist and my son is a welder
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Clarion University of Pennsylvania - Bachelors, Elementary Education
Graduate Degree: University of Phoenix-on line - Masters, Curriculum and Instruction
Graduate Degree: University of Phoenix - Masters, Early Childhood Education
reading, gardening, baseball, swimming and walking my dog
What is your teaching philosophy?
My philosophy is that every child has the right to learn. Every child is an individual, and their needs should be met. My classroom is a safe and nurturing environment. I am aware of my students' social and emotional development, and I am in contact with my students' parents. I provide a motivational framework for each learning opportunity. Individualized instruction is an important aspect of my daily routine. I incorporate guided practice and cooperative learning strategies to meet all of my students at different abilities. I use my students' answers and abilities as a means of assessment. I use my assessments to modify my lessons.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I would help the student become an independent learner by first going over the problem with them. Then, having them go over the steps with me. Finally, having the student do the problem by themselves and explaining it to me.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I would tell them that everyone struggles at something. I would also try to show the student how the lesson pertains to their life. Math is needed in everyday life - cooking, keeping score, etc. Students that are interested in what they are learning are better learners.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, I break the concept down into small steps. Starting with what the student is confident in and working towards our goal of learning the new concept. Everything new is based on prior knowledge.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
I help students who are struggling with reading comprehension by having the student read short passages, and then re-telling that passage in their own words. I also have the student discuss what is going on in the passage and who are the characters in the passage.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
I have found that getting to know a little bit about the student is very helpful. If they like to participate in sports, I can use that to make the lesson relevant.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
Students get discouraged when they struggle in a subject. I like to take the frustration out of the lesson by showing them that nothing is too difficult to try. Success always makes a student feel better about themselves. Once a student is successful, even if it's one problem, I tell them that they should be proud of themselves because they didn't give up!
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
I would ask the student specific content questions. I like to use the question "why?"
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
I would ask the student specific content questions. I would also ask the student "why?" and "how?" These lead to higher level thinking.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
I evaluate a student's needs by watching them work, assessing their work, and asking them what they feel they need to work on to be successful in that content area.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
Every child is different. I adapt my teaching strategies according to the child's needs. If a child needs a lot of encouragement to proceed through a problem, then I give it. If a child would rather explain something, I let them.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
When I tutor I use a whiteboard and dry erase markers. This cuts down on the frustration level for the student...no need to erase. I use index cards for vocabulary or math equations. I keep a notebook on each child so that I know what their strengths and weaknesses are.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
I would introduce myself and ask the student about their day. I would also ask the student to show me a sample of their work, but I would not correct it. If the student started to struggle, I would have them stop, and then the student and I would work through the problem.