My sincere affection for young people has inspired me to give of myself to ensure the highest possible output from children. Children should be stimulated to take risks in the learning environment; creative expression and high levels of thinking should be encouraged. I graduated from the University at Buffalo with a degree in Secondary Social Studies Education. My Masters degree work is in Reading Education. My past experiences has ranged from tutoring students aged 5 to 18 in reading, writing, phonics, history all grade levels and some SAT prep. My classroom experiences range from Special Education classrooms with children aged 5-15, Social Studies grades 5 - 12 and Reading teacher grades K-8. My hobbies are reading, knitting and lots of sports! Love to enjoy my children's sporting events and being outside in nice weather!
Buffalo State College - Bachelors, Secondary Social Studies Education
What is your teaching philosophy?
By writing and conducting stimulating lessons, teachers can foster a love for learning in their students. Relating subject matter to real life situations will focus students' attention on task and inspire a quest for additional knowledge. It is imperative to stress to students that life is a continuing learning process. Parental involvement is important in shaping a child's attitude toward learning. Education is more than just teaching; it is loving, caring, showing, communicating, and compassion. By implementing these parts into an education program, a teacher can help children dream and reach for those dreams.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
Talk to introduce ourselves. What are some things you like about school, and what do you like to do when you’re not in school? I will tell you the same for me. Tell me some things that you struggle with and that you want to improve.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
By helping the student become more confident in their abilities.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
Take it slow, always try to relate a concept to something they are familiar with. Keep trying, don't give up.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
Start slow take it step by step. Try to read at an easier level to gain confidence.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
When beginning with a new student it is important to assess their level and problem areas. Also, get to know the student and exchange information.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
Always try to relate material to something that the students are interested or know well. Students always do better when they connect topics to something they are familiar with.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
Asking questions and having good communication skills. Having students recite back what they have learned and write ideas out. Some students are visual learners while some are verbal.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
Sometimes starting at a lower level to increase confidence helps. Also, praise and guidance.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
After meeting with the student and evaluating his or her needs, lessons are adapted to meet those needs. Those adaptions could be the pace, the activities, or resources used.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
It all depends on the subject. It could be flashcards, textbooks, literature, the client’s materials, materials made by myself, computers, etc.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
Evaluation is a continuing process. Evaluations could be in written assessments, homework, verbal assessments, observations and communication.