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Simone

I hope to help students find success by becoming more confident and independent thinkers.

Undergraduate Degree:

 Texas State University-San Marcos - Current Undergrad, BFA Theatre- Teaching Certificate

Photography, movies, reading, yoga, hiking, speech, cooking, theatre

Art

College English

High School English

IB Film

IB Film HL

IB Language A: Language and Literature

IB Language A: Language and Literature HL

What is your teaching philosophy?

I believe in working with repetition to help students remember and understand their material. Finding ways to relate concepts to their everyday lives is important to helping a student grasp a concept.

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

In a first session I try to get to know a student as best I can. The more comfortable a student feels with me personally, the more they will learn from me. I like to learn about what they like and dislike in their classroom setting.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

By asking a student questions about why answers are right or wrong when we go over problem together, I can help the student think and learn for themselves.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

I help students stay motivated by celebrating small victories, such as understanding a concept that they were having trouble with. This makes the student feel accomplished and encourages them to want to grow and gain progress.

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

To help a student with reading comprehension problems, I would break down words into smaller, simpler words that they can understand. It is important to take passages sentence by sentence to gain understanding of the larger piece.

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

In order to get a student excited about a subject, I would find a way to relate it back to their main interest. For example, if they are interested in music, I would find a way to relate a subject to song or to musical notes. This helps the student enjoy subjects, but it also helps them understand things more clearly because they are engaged in the concept.

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

In order to make sure a student understands material, I use a series of problems similar to the one they are working with. By making them think about the same concept from different angles, I can be sure that a student actually understands the concept itself rather than just one problem.

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

To build a student's confidence, I believe you must give them praise for small victories along the way. If a student is starting to understand one area of a subject, they should be congratulated so that they want to move on and understand the rest of it. Positive reinforcement is extremely important when students are first learning concepts.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

I evaluate a student’s needs by asking them what is working and what is not working at school. By working one-on-one with students, I have the time that a teacher might not have to attend to their specific needs. If a student can tell me what is causing them to struggle, I can focus on that and give them the boost they need outside of the classroom to succeed.

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

When a student has difficulty learning a concept, it is usually because they cannot picture it in their mind. I try to make the concept relate to something in their everyday lives. This way they have something solid that they do understand to relate problems to. This greatly increases a student's chance of succeeding.