I am an outgoing, intuitive, goal-oriented, and bubbly Assistant Teacher and college student. I am blessed with the best family and support system, which in turn encourages me to thrive progressively with determination in whatever I put my mind to. I am a visionary and I believe in setting high goals and achieving them!
I envision myself as a life long educator. I want to open up my own daycare because I feel that the ages 0-4 is a very crucial stage in a child's development. I want to become a lead teacher teaching grades 4th, 6th, and 7th, teach a couple years at the college level, then become a Dean of Discipline (where I can create more of a mentor-ship for discipline rather than punishment based), and spend the rest of my year mentoring students and educating educators (primarily first year teachers).
I teach first grade at a Title I Charter School. The curriculum centers around a liberal arts education. I teach two-three lessons at least three times a week. I focus on small intervention groups, as well as one-on-one.
My Teaching Philosophy is to facilitate and create a learning environment that empowers and encourages students to become intrinsic motivated, goal oriented, and self sufficient learners.
My teaching style is student centered. Student centered tutoring/teaching main focus is on self development, self-growth, and allowing learning to be exploratory within a disciplined learning environment. I believe students who are intrinsic learners go on to become more successful in every area of their lives, because they are motivated by learning in and of itself. I teach and build on confidence and discipline. I encourage a growth mindset, where the learner is accountable, progressive, and proactive about their learning as well as their capabilities.
GRR teaching is my main teaching style, which is "I do, we do, you do". I present a concept or skill, define it, show examples, then show how it is done. Then collaboratively the student and I will work together to break the concept or strategy down. Finally, the student will have the opportunity to work on their own to see if they understand or need additional help. This may seem like a quick process, but it is very thorough. "I do" is very strategic instruction, intentionally so that students can successful master concepts on the first attempt (you do part).
The final step for me to assess if a student has mastered an concept is for them to become the teacher. They can choose to teach me the concept or teach a friend or family member. They can record themselves doing so or they can show me live. I give the option, because it can be intimidating to have to teach your tutor or teacher.
Overall I am passionate and dedicated to the success of my students. I find fulfillment and contentment in helping my students set goals and helping them achieve their goals.
University of Phoenix-Online Campus - Bachelors, Early Childhood Educaion
What is your teaching philosophy?
My teaching philosophy is to create a learning environment that is conducive to self-discovery, personal, academic, and professional growth and development. I simply want to take part in unlocking and progressing the talents, gifts, and potential that I know every student already possesses.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
First session is meet and greet. Letニ_s get to know one another! Letニ_s spark chemistry that would be purposeful to your future success! This is a great opportunity for me to get to know you and your support system!
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I strongly believe that becoming an independent learner is really the foundation to being a successful in every area of life. Socratic questioning and discussions give the learner an opportunity to think critically! We will discuss meta-cognition (thinking about what we think). I will emphasize often thinking critically even with ages under 12.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Personal motivation is key! I strongly believe in affirmations! Both verbal and written affirmations. I believe it is very important for my students (with guidance) to create their own affirmations that they are able to see daily. The strategy here is helping them learn to motivate their self. I strongly believe in encouraging intrinsic motivation for learning, so that students are motivated for the sake of learning.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
When learning a new skill or concept it can be very frustrating, especially for a student that expects to grasp on quickly. I always encourage taking a brief break to regroup. Silly stretches, music, fresh air, or getting a snack are all small things I encourage to give the student an opportunity to take a mental break and come back refreshed.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
I like to help guide students with questions they should be thinking about as they are reading. For basic understanding (the who, what, why, where, when). Also while students are reading I like to encourage them to pause and write down one detail they learned. Encouraging writing and reading together is a great way for students to retain what they are reading. I will also read to the student, stopping and asking questions about the characters, plot, and theme of the story.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
In presenting a new concept I involve the student as much as possible by asking them what they know about it or if they are familiar with it. For studying and organization requiring students to keep agenda or planner. For reading and comprehension I use summarizing the story, Venn diagrams, quizzes, and story element worksheets. For math I use math manipulatives, examples, and practice.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
Finding a practical application that also reflects their interest.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
My favorite technique is for the student to become the teacher and explain in either written or verbal form their understanding. I understand it is intimidating to try to teach your teacher or instructor a concept you just learned or should be familiar with. In this instance I suggest the student use a friend or family to be their student. I also use informal and formative assessments.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
Affirmation for small successes and always acknowledging their effort, and assuring them of their capabilities.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
A combination of observations, quick check type of quizzes, and documented progress. This also completely depends on the subject matter.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
I simply take the time to get to know my students. I learn my student's learning style, studying habits, and determine if they are an intrinsic or extrinsic motivated learner. Also open communication with parent/guardian will shed much light on what the studentsニ_ needs are.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
Examples for math manipulatives such as; marbles, dice, fake money, and white boards. Sharpened pencils, notebooks, paper, calculator, and my laptop. Materials vary on student need, access, and subject matter.