I believe that every child can work to their potential. The key is to form a genuine relationship with them as a child first, then as a student. I like to relate academics to daily living and to interests, or hobbies of the student. This way, my students begin to take ownership of their learning. Once this is accomplished, my students begin to blossom.
Cleveland State University - Bachelors, Special Education
College World History
Elementary School Math
High School English
High School World History
What is your teaching philosophy?
I believe that all children can learn to realize their potential. Finding the strengths and interests of each student is key to their success.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
Introduce myself. Ask them about themselves, their family, friends and interests. I might ask them what they seem to struggle with and if it frustrates them. I will tell them about my family, my hobbies, and myself. I like to get to know my students as kids first.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
By slowly weaning them from my help as they gain proficiency. Allowing them to realize that when they make a mistake and see it, they have learned.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
By charting progress with mini goals and rewards set for them to see.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
Break down the concept into smaller steps, or teach from the end backwards to the beginning.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
By reading along with them and placing emphasis on main ideas and key details. I would have them read then to me this way. Also, by discussing facts page by page or even paragraph by paragraph.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
By being real with them. Students, and kids in general can sense a phony. I want them to know I'm in their corner and will keep them and their parents informed. I like to use humor when students are working on a subject they hate...we will discuss why and get the elephant out of the room.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
By relating it to everyday life and even seeing if I can use it as it pertains to their interests.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
I like to have them teach it to me, and then have them teach it to their parents.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
In baby steps. They would reteach new concepts to me after they have mastered them. I tell them that knowing you made a mistake is a sign of real learning.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
I look at their grade cards and teacher comments from school. I also ask the students about areas they feel unsure of. If needed, I do a short assessment or pretext.