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Karra

I received my Bachelor's Degree in Liberal Studies-Multiple Subjects from San Diego State University (SDSU). While at SDSU, my emphasis of study was Children's Literature. I received my Multiple Subjects Credential from University of Nevada, Las Vegas where I had the privilege of working with English Language Learners. I recently graduated from Chapman University with a Master's Degree and Credential in Special Education-Mod/Severe.

I currently teach a Mod/Severe SAI class. I love working with a variety of learners and feel that every student has individual strengths as well as areas of improvement. My mission is to help students achieve their educational goals as well as offer them the opportunities to learn strategies that will help them succeed. I hope to instill confidence in the students that I work with in an effort to better their learning. I look forward to helping students become successful and able to meet their educational needs. I believe that learning should be both fun and beneficial and I strive to connect student learning to real world experiences.

In my free time, I love to try new recipes and go to country music concerts. I have a miniature dachshund named Jack; we like to go hiking and spend time outdoors as much as possible. Whenever possible, I like to explore new places and look forward to traveling more now that I am done with school! I also really love to read and am currently revisiting my high school required reading list in an effort to rediscover the classics!

I am excited to work with students in a different platform and hope to strengthen their skills and interest in learning!

Undergraduate Degree:

 San Diego State University - Bachelors, Elementary Education

Graduate Degree:

 Chapman University - Masters, Special Education-Moderate/Severe

Hiking, cooking, reading, traveling, attending sporting events and country concerts

What is your teaching philosophy?

I believe that students can become better learners by engaging them in the subject matter. By using real-world examples that they can relate to, students can become motivated to truly learn skills and concepts being presented, which in turn boosts their confidence and helps them truly grasp the content matter.

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

I would get to know what the students likes to do in their spare time. I would also learn what the student thinks they are good at, and what areas they think they struggle in. I would also like to gain insight regarding why they believe they have strengths and weaknesses in different subject matters. Then, I would like to be able to see what the student is working on and assess where their areas of difficulty may be.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

I encourage all my students to try to complete their work on their own, explaining their thinking once they have completed the assignment. Then, I like to tell the student what they did right, and then work through where they got lost. I think it's always important to highlight what a student can do in an effort to build their confidence.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

I would engage them by relating the lesson to their world and experiences they may have. Sometimes, students struggle because they are not engaged or interested in what they are learning. If they see the meaning or reasoning behind why they have to learn certain concepts, I believe they are motivated to learn.

If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?

I would break the concept or skill down to see where they are getting lost. Once their area of confusion or need has been determined, it is then necessary to build on the skills that they do possess in an effort to teach the new concept.

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

I break down the reading task. I would read the passage to them first, then ask comprehension questions in an effort to determine if it's a comprehension or reading ability concern. If it's a comprehension concern, I would give the students visual tools to help them organize their thinking as they are reading. Graphic organizers can be great tools to help students increase their reading comprehension.

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

Being relatable to the student while making learning fun has been the best strategy for me. If I seem interested in what the student is learning, oftentimes they are more interested in learning about the topic more. Also, I think it is really helpful to highlight the student's abilities rather than focusing on what the student needs to work on.

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

I would relate the subject to their everyday life so that they can relate. Also, I would compare or relate the subject to something that the student enjoys in an effort to get them interested or excited.

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

I would continuously check with the student by asking them to explain their thinking or to teach me what they are learning. Also, I like to have my students walk me through the steps of their process; if they can explain their reasoning or logic, that means that they are really getting it.

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

I really focus on what they do well and then build off of that. Student's need to feel as though they are doing a good job. Sometimes, they can get lost really quickly if they are struggling with a topic, so by slowing it down and improving upon the skills the student already has, hopefully their confidence will increase as they see better results.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

Continuously checking in allows me to determine strengths and needs. I enjoy evaluating student work to see what the student has grasped and what they need to continue to work on.

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

I try to find out how the student learns best. If the student is a hands-on learner, I find methods of instruction that relate to their learning style. I think it's important to create an environment in which the student learns best.

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

I use a variety of materials to work with students; I use technology to help students practice skills in a variety of ways. I also use manipulatives to visually present concepts. I think it is also important to use graphic organizers to help students organize their thinking.