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Molly

I am currently attending Providence college. This year I worked as a teacher's assistant in a inner city classroom. I was able to work with twenty-six wonderful first grade students. In this position I helped children with Special Needs achieve their goals for the academic year. I also volunteered in an afterschool enrichment program for inner city students. In this program I helped fourth and fifth graders with their homework. I also was able to set up many fun group building activities.

I love giving back to the community. I have worked with Habitat for Humanity and I am an active member of my school's ESL Club. In ESL club I help adult Spanish speaking students learn the vocabulary they need for their day to day activities. I have also tutored High School and College students in History, English, Spanish, Art History, and Religion. I love being able to find creative solutions to problems. I think that everyone approaches learning differently. In my opinion, teachers need to be flexible and they need to adapt to their students needs. True Learning can only take place when a student feels respected and safe.

Undergraduate Degree:

 Providence College - Current Undergrad, Elementary and Special Education

SAT Verbal: 720

AP English Literature: 4

AP English Language: 4

AP US History: 4

AP European History: 5

SAT Subject Test in Literature: 720

SAT Subject Test in U.S. History: 750

SAT Subject Test in World History: 730

AP Art History: 5

I am an avid reader. My favorite way to spend a rainy day is curled up with a good book and a cup of tea. I enjoy reading about the Confessional Poets and Christian Mysticism. When I look at medieval manuscripts, such as the St. Albans Psalter, I feel as though I am traveling backwards in time. I also love painting, cooking, and writing short stories.

College English

College Level American History

Comparative Literature

Elementary School Math

High School English

High School Level American History

Other

What is your teaching philosophy?

I believe that all students should be able to learn in a safe and productive environment. I do not believe that any student is incapable of learning. Rather, I think that each person approaching learning in a unique way. Therefore, it is a teacher's responsibility to understand what her student needs.

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

I believe that each person approaches learning in a different way. We each have diverse talents and experiences. Therefore, in the past I usually have used the first tutoring session as a time in which I could familiarize myself with the student's preferences. I think that the student's ideas and thoughts matter. With this in mind I might spend a couple of minutes at the beginning of the session talking with the student about what they want to achieve through these sessions.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

I think that each student has the potential to succeed in life. In my opinion, we can become independent learners when we are able to explore ideas and take chances. I think many people learn better when they are actively engaged in what they are learning. When I tutor my students I try to help them develop those higher level thinking skills. I am an avid supporter of Vygotsky's theories on learning. Like Vygotsky, I feel that many students learn better when they are brought out of their comfort zone. I try to help my student's become independent learners by leading them into their zone of proximity.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

I think sometimes student's become unmotivated when they feel that their ideas are not respected. I believe that when you allow your students to make choices they become active participants in their education. I always let my students know that I am there for them. I understand that certain concepts are very difficult. However, I also want to students to know that even though these topics are hard they still have control over the situation. I try to remind my student's that they have gifts that allow them to approach these concepts in unique ways.

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

I would ask the student why they think this topic is so difficult for them to understand. Then I would ask them if their anything about this subject that they feel comfortable with. By having students verbalize their strengths and weaknesses I think that both students and their teachers begin to better understand what steps should be taken.

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

When I help students who are struggling with reading comprehension I generally have them first set goals. I might ask them what they think they are going to get out of reading this particular passage or chapter. I also try to teach students reading comprehension strategies. I may ask a student to reread a passage, underline important passages, make connections, or visualize what they are reading. For ESL students or beginning readers I may also try to teach them short lessons on morphemes. I believe that by studying morphemes many students are able to break down complex vocabulary.

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

I found that when I combined both visual and audio components in my lessons my students were often able to learn better.

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

For younger students I try to make hands on activities in which they can actively engage in the material. For example, I have had some of my younger students who have difficulty writing express themselves through both words and images in certain activities. When my elementary students are struggling with certain material I may try to teach these concepts through fun learning games. By introducing the material in this way I think younger students feel less fearful and unsure about this material.

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

I try to show students all they can do. Even though a student may be having a difficult time with certain material every person has a lot to offer. I think that when you give people different techniques to solve a problem they begin to feel more confident. I try to teach different learning strategies as a way of improving a student's academic confidence.