### Brandie

I am a teacher with a highly qualified license. I am currently teaching 5th grade accelerated students. Teaching is a great passion of mine! I am truly inspired by being a part of the academic and personal growth that students experience; it is priceless! I have experience in working with accelerated G.A.T.E (gifted and talented) students, as well as students who are struggling below grade level. I strongly believe that many students simply need a different perspective when trying to understand certain concepts. Whether it may be fractions or literature, I am trained in advancing my students to reach that next level within their learning process. My goal as an educator, is to guide students in determining their strengths and weaknesses and to coach them on self-discovery, so they may find ways to improve!

UNLV - BS, Elementary Education, Elementary Education

Comparative Literature

Elementary School Math

What is your teaching philosophy?

My teaching philosophy is: to foster critical thinking skills; to facilitate the acquisition of lifelong learning skills; and to help students develop evidence-based problem-solving strategies.

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

Typically, in a first session, I will ask my student a series of questions. It's important to gain an understanding of my student's concerns and the goals they would like to achieve.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

I feel it is extremely important for students to learn how to become independent learners. I strive to help my students take responsibility for their own learning. Ways I help my students are through teaching organizational skills, goal setting, problem-solving skills, and critical thinking skills.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

Helping a student to stay motivated is key to the success of their learning. Positive reinforcement, building a rapport, challenge games, goal setting, and rewards are all great ways to motivate.

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 would introduce different strategies to adjust to my student's learning style. I would also positively encourage my student to push through until our goal is met!

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

An important strategy I use in helping students with reading comprehension is to guide students in being responsible readers! It's important for students to learn how to generate their own questions throughout their reading. Asking questions and making inferences throughout student's reading enables them to better understand and comprehend what they are reading. I teach my students to take mini breaks while they are reading to jot down main points, ideas, inferences, and summaries