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Suzanne

I am a graduate of Ohio Northern University. I received my Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education. After graduating in 2003, I taught 2nd grade in a private school in Michigan for 7 years, and tutored elementary age children in literacy and math at Sylvan Learning Center afterschool and on breaks. Currently, I hold a California Preliminary Multiple Subject Teaching Credential, and substitute teach at the Elementary level in the Culver City Unified School District. Also, I am attending Marygrove College and pursuing my Master in the Art of Teaching with a focus in Elementary Reading and Literacy degree. My passion with teaching lies in early literacy. Literacy is the cornerstone to success in all areas of education, and there is nothing more fulfilling then helping a young child develop literacy knowledge and confidence. I believe learning is a constructive process in which learners construct meaning of the world by interacting with their social and physical environment. Students need to be provided with encouraging and constructive learning environments if they are to learn and grow as educated individuals. In my spare time I enjoy reading, yoga, running, hiking, camping, traveling, exploring, and going on adventures.

Undergraduate Degree:

 Ohio Northern University - BA, Early Childhood Education

Graduate Degree:

 Marygrove College - MS, Master in the Art of Education with a focus in Elementary Reading and Literacy

In my spare time I enjoy reading, yoga, running, hiking, camping, traveling, exploring, and going on adventures.

What is your teaching philosophy?

Learning is a constructive process in which learners construct meaning of the world by interacting with their social and physical environment. Students need to be provided with an encouraging and constructive classroom if they are to learn and grow as educated individuals.

What might you do in a typical first session with a student?

I would give the student some informal assessments to find the area that needs reinforcement to build further skills. I would also get to know the student on a personal level, so that they will feel they are in a comfortable environment with me that will allow for student learning success.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

I can help students become independent learners by giving them power over their own learning. Also, I can help by creating an environment where making mistakes is okay, and where we can learn from the mistakes we make.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

I would help a student stay motivated by first finding out how they learn best. Are they an auditory, kinesthetic, visual, etc., learner? Once I discover their learning style, I would gear lessons around their learning style and their interests.

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 may take a break from that skill for a bit, and then come back to it with a different approach. I also may see if they are having difficulty with that skill or concept because they haven't completely learned the skill or concept that came prior.

How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?

Reading comprehension, at times, is dependent on reading fluency. I would find the student's reading fluency level, and then find choice books at their level that are interesting to them as individuals, to work on reading comprehension. I would also continue to work on reading fluency.

What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?

Lots of modeling and lots of scaffolding!

How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?

I would help a student get excited/engaged with a subject they are struggling in by relating it to their interests and learning styles. I would find a fun hook to begin each lesson.

What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?

I use a variety of assessments, formal and informal, to be sure that a student understands the material.

How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?

I build a student's confidence in a subject by giving them opportunities where they can succeed and continually succeed and grow in that subject.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

I evaluate a student's needs by assessing them formally and informally and by observations.

How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?

I adapt my tutoring to the student's needs by finding the student's strengths and weaknesses, and building the lessons from there.

What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?

The types of materials I use during a tutoring session really depend upon the student's needs.