I have a deep passion for education. I believe every student has the ability or capacity to learn. We just have to make what they are learning meaningful and purposeful. By no means is this an easy task for the students who struggle. Hopefully with the extra help from outside the classroom, a student can flourish and their potential be on display for all to see. This is my dream, this is MY task. Education has been my career for thirteen years. I taught at the middle school level and am now an administrator at a high school. I am aware of the various tools teachers use to convey material and although I no longer have classes of my own, I am still involved with students.
North Carolina Central University - Bachelors, Biology
North Carolina State University at Raleigh - Masters, School Administration
10th Grade Math
6th Grade Math
6th Grade Science
7th Grade Math
7th Grade Science
8th Grade Math
8th Grade Science
9th Grade Math
Anatomy & Physiology
Elementary School Math
Elementary School Science
High School Biology
High School Chemistry
Middle School Science
What is your teaching philosophy?
I believe all people are capable of learning. As educators, we need to discover which method works best for the individual students. The lessons also need to be made relevant in some way with the student. Unfortunately, in schools today, teachers must teach the masses in the most common format. As a student, if you don't learn efficiently in that manner, then you must seek alternative means.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
The first session would almost be like an interview. I would need to know certain things about the student, so that when we get into a lesson, I can try to make relevant references. I would also inquire about the class and what issues the student is having. We would also discuss how the student approaches the class and prepares. Spend some time on the student's mindset then work on the lessons.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
Show the student where information is easily accessible. Teach them how to interpret and understand what they are seeing. Also, students have to learn how and which questions to ask.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
A student has to see the value and relevance to make it matter to him or her.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
Find a skill or concept where the student excels, and try to relate the difficult one. Another way is to break down the difficult skill into easier parts.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
Work on vocabulary and making connections.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
Asking the student about them personally, and talking about their interests before diving right into a subject.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
I would attempt to show the student how that subject plays a role in their future plan. Once a student sees relevance, they become engaged.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
It depends on a student's learning style. For example, if their audio/visual, then I would use video clips. Those that are hands on, I get them to work out problems or work with models.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
A student's confidence is directly related to their success in a subject. So, I need to make sure the student has a solid base in the subject. I need to be able to show the student that they can do the work and understand it. Once the gap is closed, success is possible, and confidence is on the rise.