With over 13 years of teaching experience and a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics, my main goal was to understand and recognize student’s personal characteristics, experiences, their self concept, attitude, level of anxiety, and study habits. I try to be a side by side guide to connect their prior knowledge with new information. I hope to get them to understand that they are learners, and that their opinions, ideas, voices, and comments are supported and valued. Along with teaching them, I intend to work with them so that they can assume responsibility for their own motivation, coping skills, and sense of control over life. Overall, I work as a facilitator of learning, assisting my students in the process of growing and enhancing their knowledge to better themselves in the future.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
I would get to know the student better by finding out what their interests are, and I'd try to build a positive relationship with the student. I would also try to assess any strengths and weaknesses in the subject I am teaching.
What is your teaching philosophy?
My teaching philosophy is like working at hardware store where a customer (student) always comes first. To fulfill the need of the customer you must greet them with humbleness, sincerity, and with warmth first. Ask questions to understand the project (subject) they are working on, give proper advise (teaching), show different ways (methods),and provide different tools to complete the project. Once the customer is comfortable with you and understands what you have presented, he will trust you and buy your product (and you will never have returns). By the way, to do all that I suggested above, you must have a thorough knowledge about your product (the subject you teach).