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Lorena

As an educator I believe that all students are capable of learning, regardless of their social, cultural or physical background. I also believe that no one student learns the same. For example, some students can learn by reading, writing, seeing, or by doing. While other students learn at a much lower pace that others. As a result, every student is unique in his/her way of learning. Since every student has its own way of learning, my job as a educator is to find each student's learning style and needs to target instruction to maxims success.

Through my teacher training at California State University of Long Beach, I have learned that art of teaching requires passionate individuals who are dedicated to the field. I am blessed to say that the love that I have for teaching has allowed me to be dedicate, and passionate towards my students. My passion and dedication has allowed me to work with many k-12 students who had struggle academically. While working with a student, I am determined to not only help them reach academic goals, but to build their self-confidence in order to transform them into independent students.

Undergraduate Degree:

 California State University-Long Beach - Bachelors, Liberal Studies

Certification:
 State Certified Teacher
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College English

College Level American History

Conversational Spanish

Elementary Algebra

Elementary School Math

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High School Chemistry

High School English

High School Level American History

Middle School Science

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What is your teaching philosophy?

My philosophy of teaching is that no one student learns the same. Every student is unique. Each student has his or her own learning style. As a result, it is my goal to find that student's learning style to help them reach academic success. In addition to that, I believe that every student is capable of learning regardless of his or her social, cultural, and physical background.

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

In my first session with a student, I would like to quickly inquire about the student's interests, struggles, and goals of this session. As a teacher, I believe that students are motived to learn when they feel comfortable and cared for. Getting to know my student will also allow me to understand his/her need in order to help them.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

The most important element to allow a student to become an independent learner is acquiring self-confidence. Self-confidence is needed in order for the student to believe in his ability to complete a task. This self-confidence will be achieved by first teaching the student the skills necessary to complete the task. Once the student has acquired these skills, the student will gain confidence in himself. This will allow him/her to become an independent learner.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

In order to help a student stay motivated, it is important to first find out what the student's likes and dislikes are. For example, if the student is learning how to add double digit numbers and he loves to play with Legos, then use Lego as manipulative learning tool to help the student get motivated to learn and engage.

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

If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, then I need to scaffold the lesson to meet the need of that student. For example, some students learn by doing, while other learn by seeing. So, no student learns the same as the next. As a result, it is my job to find that studentニ_s learning styles and motivations to help them understand a concept.

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

If a student is struggling with reading comprehension, I can use a variety of reading comprehension strategies that will enable him/her to succeed. For example, some students can't understand a text because the reading level is above their reading comprehension ability. So preview vocabulary is an essential to set the student for success. Other students struggle focusing on and synthesizing a text. As a result, using highlighters, or having a discussion of what was read will allow the student to not only better comprehend the text, but also engage with the text. By engaging them in the text, the student has now been able to think critically of what he/she is reading. Furthermore, some students struggle to remember key points in a text, so doing graphic organizers will allow them to comprehend and see how the text is developing. There are many more reading comprehension strategies to enable a student for success, it is my job to find that one strategy that fits his/her needs.

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

As a teacher and a tutor, I have founded the most successful strategy in helping students to succeed is by targeting the need of the student with their specific learning style. In addition to that, the student needs to engage in the learning process in order to be successful.

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

In order to get a student excited and engage to learn it is important to connect the lesson with the student interests. In doing so, the student is motivated to learn because the lesson relates more to his own interests.

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

A technique that I would use to make sure a student comprehends a concept is to ask that student to teach back to me. In order words, I am paying attention to see if he/she has any misconceptions that I need to re-teach or go over again. If the student is successful teaching me the concept, that mean he/she understands the concept.

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

Positive reinforcement is key in building a student's confidence. When a student is struggling in a subject, his/her self-esteem is low. As a result, I need to help that student build his/her confidence by creating positive learning experience that will enable him/her to be confident in the subject.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

In order to evaluate a student's needs, I need to first learn what the student knows and what he/she does not know. This will allow me to build from the student's strengths to their weaknesses. For example, if a student is struggling to divide numbers then I must ask myself, "Does the student understand what does it means to divide numbers?", "Does the student know his/her multiplications?", and "Does the student know how to add or divide?". All of these questions can help me determine what the student knows and what they don't know. As a result, I can target the needs of the student in order to reach success.

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

In order to adapt the tutoring to the student's needs, I need to first target the learning style, interest, and motivation of the student. This will allow me to scaffold the lesson to fit the need of those students. Some students need extra time learning a concept, while others are quick to learn something new. Knowing what best works with my student will allow me to adapt the lesson to fit the needs of the student.

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

During a tutoring session, I use any material that aids the learning. For example, if a student is learning about math I can use from dry erase boards to chart or complete any other math manipulative. In doing so, the student is able to engage in the learning process. This is essential to reach success.