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Vince

I am a high school science teacher at Withrow High school. I went to UC where I was a biology major. After I graduated I got my masters in curriculum instruction, and currently seeking my second masters in scientific inquiry. Other than education I enjoy coaching and playing soccer along with spending time with my friends and family. I first became interested in teaching after shadowing my 7th grade teacher where I really enjoyed being around other students and explaining concepts in a way that made sense to them. My personal mission when it comes to teaching is to try to inspire a natural curiosity about science which I believe is the strongest motivator for learning.

Undergraduate Degree:

 University of Cincinnati-Main Campus - Bachelors, Biology

Graduate Degree:

 University of Cincinnati-Main Campus - Masters, Curriculum Instruction

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10th Grade

College Biology

High School Biology

Other

What is your teaching philosophy?

Curiosity is the key to learning.

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

Introduce ourselves and ask questions to get an idea of areas where I can help them improve.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

Help establish curiosity about the subject matter, and allow them to feel comfortable with making mistakes that help them in the learning process.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

Making the content relevant to their life to where they could apply it, or using their goals to help them progress through the content.

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

Try different approaches and tools to help find a way to make the concept make sense in their mind.

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

Rephrase the text to something easier to digest for the learner. Or use metaphors to relay the concept in a different way.

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

Relate to the student first and establish good rapport. Also, getting an understanding how the student enjoys learning helps a lot as well.

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

Like I mentioned before, getting students to relate to the content and understand how it relates to their life and things they're interested in.

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

Various types of assessments. Everything from multiple-choice quick responses to hands-on demonstrations.

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

Set up an atmosphere where the student knows that it's ok to get something wrong the first time around while they are tutoring with me, so they can have confidence when they take their actual assessments.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

By using various assessments and questions. Also, by listening to the students before I make any adjustments to understand their true knowledge about the content.

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

Depending how the student learns best, I can modify the content to fit those needs so they can understand it easier.

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

Anything that will help the student understand the concepts I will be teaching. Anything from graphic organizers to walking them through a lab they could do on their own at home.