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Kawanda

I am currently a fourth grade teacher and have been teaching for five years. This upcoming school year (2016-2017) will be my sixth year in education. During my career, I have taught pre-k, kindergarten, third grade, and currently fourth. I discovered that teaching was my passion as a young child. I can remember always wanting to play school with my friends.

I believe every child has the ability to learn. Some children learn in different ways and at a different pace. I always try to instill in my students the ability to never give up. I always tell my students that saying the words "I can't" is not an option. The words "I can't" are simply not allowed. I try to make learning fun and interesting. I have always found that students tend to hate what they cannot understand. Patience is definitely the key when working with children. I believe that children can achieve and conquer any subject area with the right support. I am here to help, guide, and support as much as I can.

Undergraduate Degree:

 Savannah State University - Bachelors, Computer Information Systems

Graduate Degree:

 Augusta State University - Masters, Early Childhood Education

I love math, being outdoors exploring nature, and learning new things.

What is your teaching philosophy?

My philosophy of teaching is that learning should be student centered and based on students' needs.

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

I would get to know the student. I would give some type of assessment, whether formal or informal, to see what the child's needs are.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

I would let them know that I believe in them and that I believe they can do whatever they put their mind to. Also, I would be persistent with the child and never give up on them.

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

I would present the child with a number of strategies, and let him/her use the one that is most comfortable to them.

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

One strategy I like to use is guided reading. I have found that this strategy works with reading comprehension. I would ask questions as material is being read to test their comprehension.

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

Giving pre-assessments, because I never want to assume what a child knows or does not know.

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

I would somehow try to tie it in with something the child is interested in, whether itニ_s sports, cars, video games, etc.

What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?

I would assess the student, whether with an informal or formal assessment.

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

I would constantly show my support and give encouragement. Also, praising a child for a small accomplishment boosts their confidence level.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

I evaluate a student's needs with a pre-assessment.

How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?

First, I have to know what the student's needs are, and then I act accordingly.

What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?

It depends on the subject I am tutoring. I use games, technology, and manipulatives.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

Set high expectations for the student, then take a step back and allow them to take responsibility for their learning.