As a tutor I want to develop my student’s cognitive process. I want to emphasize the steps taken to solve a problem. I want the students to be able to come across a problem and not instantly give up just because it doesn’t look familiar to them. I want to help the students understand the logic behind procedures. I want to build their problem solving muscle. I want the students to come across a problem and know multiple entry points in how to solve it. To achieve this goal I will support and guide each student by using multiple strategies and scaffolds.
California State University-Dominguez Hills - Bachelors, Liberal Studies
California State University-Dominguez Hills - Masters, Curriculum and Instruction
What is your teaching philosophy?
My goal as a teacher/tutor is for students to become proficient in mathematics in order for them to advance and excel in higher level coursework and to become efficient problem solvers in society. I will accomplish this goal by developing their self-confidence in math, conceptual understanding, procedural fluency, strategic competence, mathematical reasoning, and productive dispositions. In addition, I want to develop my student's awareness of how math is used in everyday life. Lastly, my most important goal is to prepare my students for college because I believe that every student should be college-ready whether they choose to attend college or not.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
Ask them specifically what they struggle with in math. Observe them solving problems without any assistance. Talk to them about their learning style and how they best learn. Lastly, I would ask them about their teacher and the strategies they are already familiar with.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
Allowing them to think on their own. Teaching them how to question and check their answers. Showing them multiple resources to use at their disposal. Most importantly, building their confidence in math.