I am a certified bilingual education teacher. I have been teaching professionally for 4 years now in 2nd and 3rd grade. I have student taught and interned in all other grade levels and have tutored and mentored for at least 10 years.
As a father myself I know just how important your children's education is and just how difficult it is to see them struggle with subjects in school. As a teacher I always do what I can and try whatever I can to help my students achieve success in their education."
Texas State University-San Marcos - Bachelors, Bilingual Education
What is your teaching philosophy?
I am a huge believer in learning through doing. A child will learn best through active learning; hands-on lessons with open-ended questions which allow them to think, not as children but as individuals.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
My typical first session consists of getting to know my student and building a relationship. I ask questions and tell them what I can about myself, getting an idea of whom one another is aside from just the teacher and the student. The best way to teach someone is to make it personal and geared toward them. After initial greetings, I would then conduct a series of screeners to gauge where my student is as compared to where they need to be, and use the information to guide my lessons with them.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I ask many open-ended questions of my students, making them think about what their answers to me should be. I provide supports as they are needed but do not easily give any answers. I reward students for their success through positive praise, and I always recognize and celebrate their accomplishments and achievements.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I am a fun guy; I like to keep lessons fun and interesting as best I can. I myself am pretty candid, and am pretty good at keeping students motivated. Whether it be through making voices or impressions, I try to make learning fun. I have been known to use puppets and drawings to elaborate and exaggerate lessons, but have always managed to capture my studentニ_s attention in some way or another.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
If a student has a difficult time with a skill or concept, I don't give up. If they are not understanding something that I am teaching, then as a teacher I am doing something wrong. It is my job to present the information in a different way that the student may understand to better serve them.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
I help students with reading comprehension by practicing it. There is only one way to help with reading, and that is to read. There are many things to do such as storyboards, chunking text to make passages shorter for better understanding, or discussing and internalizing a text. The main point is to not give up on the reading and ensuring that the student is reading with questions based on what they read.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
Reading strategies that I find to work best with students are repetition of reading to build fluency and chunking the text to help build comprehension. The math strategies that I find work best are practice with math facts and understanding of questions.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
I would help a student get excited about a subject by attempting to make it as interesting as possible for them. Making that subject more personal in a way would get a student to buy in more to the subject; if they feel a connection and understanding of it rather than something they don't know or care about.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
I use repetition in my lessons to ensure that students are understanding material. Repetition of a lesson builds on what has been previously taught and enforces those skills, allowing the student to build confidence in using and applying them to their learning.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
A studentニ_s confidence is built up through positive praise and recognition. I try to do that all the time as much as I can, so it is somewhat second nature to me now.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
I evaluate a studentニ_s needs by running screeners at first to gauge where the student is at educationally. I use math screeners like tests to get an idea of what my students are familiar with and what they can do or need more help with. I use reading screeners in the same way to help me get an understanding of their current reading level, as well as their comprehension and fluency skills.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
Tutoring and teaching is all about helping your student. I do what I can for my student however I can. If my student need manipulatives to better understand a concept, then that is what I need to have for them. If they need a book or text based on what they would be interested in, then that is what I need to do to be able to help them. Whatever can be done to help them.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
Depending on the subject I am teaching, the materials that I use will vary. If it is a reading lesson, then there are books, printed texts, passages and questions that I would use.