I want to become a math teacher. I'm here to gaining valuable experience teaching, as I one hope to one day become a better math teacher. I went to the university of Colorado and graduated in May 2015 with a Bachelor's degree in Mathematics and a focus in Computer Science. I am currently working in Denver with the Blueprint Schools Network as a small group tutor gaining valuable experience but would like to get more.
My teaching philosophy has always been that anyone can learn anything given enough time and patience. I intend to carry that same philosophy into my teaching and any tutoring opportunities I have. When tutoring I always attempt to match my style of explanation to the person I am teaching, meaning visuals for some, detailed explanations for others, or any other technique that I think will be most effective.
University of Northern Colorado - Bachelors, Mathematics
What is your teaching philosophy?
Anyone can learn anything given the right motivation and enough patience.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
Get to know their background in mathematics and find out what their goals are to better tailor my teaching to their individuality.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
By giving them the tools and resources to find the information on their own, as well as the motivation and confidence to seek out that information.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Give them regular goals and checkups to make sure they are progressing to their goal and remind them why they are learning.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
Start small and stay patient.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
Ask them to read it out loud or stop at each paragraph and summarize what it was talking about. Try to reduce the amount of information being processed at once.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
Getting to know them personally and taking interest in them as a person, you probably won't learn from people you don't like.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
I would explain how it's useful in something they are excited about or try to show them an exciting aspect of it.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
Regular checks for understanding.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
I would give them problems I knew they could handle and slowly increase the difficulty so they never feel too overwhelmed.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
I would go through example problems and have them try to explain it to find where the holes and misconceptions are in their knowledge.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
Based on a student's learning style, I always plan alternative methods of explanation.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
I find bringing a whiteboard and my old algebra books helps a lot with instruction.