In choosing to become a teacher, I have made the commitment to myself and my future students to be the best academic, personal, and ethical role model I can be. It is my goal to have a mutually enriching teaching career by keeping an open mind and continually communicating with my peers and students. I am prepared to rise to the challenges of teaching in the 21st century, and I promise to try to provide an honest, well-rounded education to every student I encounter.
University of La Verne - Bachelors, Liberal Studies
University of La Verne - Masters, Special Education
What is your teaching philosophy?
I think that teaching and learning are a reciprocal process. When teachers nurture individual talents in each child, educators can build self-esteem and may encourage a lifelong skill. By supporting these special abilities, teachers can, for example, guide students' research, and students can, in turn, enlighten teachers about subjects in which they may not be as knowledgeable. This mutual respect for individual skills cultivates a professional academic relationship, leading to a give-and-take educational alliance. This liaison allows students to feel that they are on equal intellectual ground with their teachers, thus creating a strong academic atmosphere. In addition to having a reciprocal relationship with one's students, it is vitally important for teachers to form partnerships with fellow educators. Solid communication among teachers will promote the sharing of ideas and methods and provide a network of support. By working as an educational team, teachers will continue to develop their craft and give the best education possible to their students.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
Doing my first session, I would like to get to know about my new student's personal experiences, especially with previous teachers. I would like to know what their expectations are in regards to their strengths and needs, and what we feel a teacher should provide to them. I want them to understand that communication between student and teacher is essential to a solid learning experience. I have a high standard of teaching that needs to be discussed and understood before any instruction occur.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I can help a student become an independent learner by giving each student strong instructional models and activities to use during their learning process. By following the teaching steps of teaching modeling, guided practice, and teaching feedback and re-teaching when needed, along with independent practice by the student, I feel that any student will become a capable and independent learner.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Academic learning must begin with motivation and inspiration. Students deserve an educator's passion for both the subject at hand and learning as a whole. Teaching and learning become a simultaneous journey for both the teacher and students when students' energy is aroused by a teacher's genuine intensity for learning, because everyone is ready and willing to participate in active learning. To achieve active learning, a teacher must demonstrate enthusiasm and express confidence in the students' abilities to learn and be successful. Employing constructivist methods of teaching in one's classroom forces students to take an active role in their education by making choices and assuming responsibility for intelligent inquiry and discovery. For instance, discussions, projects, and experiments ensure student achievement and allow students and the teacher to discover individual student's preferences and strengths. This approach facilitates differentiated activities for each student's distinctive ambitions, making the subject more relevant to every student's life.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
Some of the teaching strategies that I would use if a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept: Instructional Strategies: * List objectives and goals for lesson and/or day at a glance * Differentiate instruction into tiers or by learning style / multiple intelligence * Use of formative, summative, formal, and informal assessments * Data: Use data from tests and assignments to inform instruction and re-teach where necessary * Time: extended time on classroom assignments, tasks, tests, and quizzes * Directions: read directions aloud, restate and clarify directions, highlight key words, have students repeat directions back to teacher or class
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
For struggling readers with comprehension issues, I would use these instructional activities and strategies; Reading * Use of intervention components in reading series * Use of online resources in reading series * Vocabulary development * Pre-read story/ text passages* Books on tape / auditory recordings of stories * Reader's theater to boost fluency * High interest/low level reading materials
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
The strategies that I have found that work best with new students is having them complete an oral or written student interest survey. I feel that a person needs to have a basic knowledge of another's likes and interests in order to be fully effective during instruction.