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Willard

I am Mathman! I have been teaching math at the high school level for 10 years. I have tutored students even before I began teaching. I enjoy the process of learning. I work to meet the student where they are in the learning process and get to know the way they learn best. This is where the real math adventure begins. We will explore multiple ways to understand problems to help you on your math journey. My goal is to work myself out of a job and for you to be confident in understanding and doing the math on your own. I want for you to do your very best on the tests required of you. Math......Don't leave school without it!

Undergraduate Degree:

 Chadron State College - Bachelors, Secondary Education 6-12 field endorsement in Mathematics

I like to read, play board games, spending time with my wife. I also enjoy gold panning and smelting metals.

What is your teaching philosophy?

My teaching philosophy is student-centered learning. I prefer when the student discovers the answer or process to when they are just told a formula. I believe if you can develop confidence in skills students already have, they quickly build on those skills.

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

I will find what their need in the subject is, and if there is an immediate need. I would always like to work on building a relationship with students. I would like to know what they want to do in their future. It also helps to do direct learning when I can find materials to interest the student.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

I help students become independent learners by asking them questions, so that they I discover the concept. I also show examples in a step-by-step format to build a good learning foundation.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

I help by encouraging students to build on their previous success. I try to make small successes into big success. And if all else fells, I use candy. :)

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

I would listen to where they are struggling and then try to fill in the gap. I would do this by trying different ways to explain the problem based on their personal learning styles.

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

I break down the math related words to translate them into symbols. This is also a way to build the equations from the word problems.

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

I like to find where they want tutoring. I try to find their personal learning style. I also want to know what their goal for the tutoring is.

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

Ask a lot of open-ended questions. Have the student "teach" me how to solve the problem.

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

I build confidence for a student by having a beginning concept, and then step by step adding difficulty until the process will work at all levels.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

I listen and watch how the student approaches problems. I use formative assessments through questions and examples.

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

By being flexible and willing to stop pushing through a subject if the student is still struggling.

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

I would first use a student's text or program they are working on. If there were a specific problem, I would create practice pages and show step-by-step processes.

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

I would try to tie the subject into something they are interested in. Or something they want to do after high school.