Education is the key to a successful, and fulfilling life. I am honored to be able to equip students with the skills and knowledge that they need to be successful in the classroom, and in life. I believe that educators spark the interest for students to become lifelong learners. I am proud to be apart of this life enhancing process. I am able to make lessons interesting and relevant to students, which engages them in the learning process. I have Title I classroom experience where I brought students from a kindergarten and 1st grade level on pretests, to 3rd and 4th grade levels on post-tests! I encourage students to ask questions, as I have great interpersonal skills that make students feel comfortable enough to do so. I look forward to working with you and/or your student!
-Eric D. Hall, MPH
Howard University - Bachelors, Health Sciences
Argosy University-Atlanta - PhD, Organizational Leadership
What is your teaching philosophy?
My teaching philosophy is to keep students engaged and make lessons relevant to them. When students begin to vocalize the steps and procedures that you have taught them, or tell you of a moment, outside of the classroom, where they recognized something you have taught them, that is a satisfying feeling.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
In a typical first session with a student, I will make an observational assessment by asking them questions about themselves. How they respond will give me an idea of where to begin. I would also use a timed reading passage to test their fluency and phonics. I would also use leveled readers to determine their Lexile level. Another strategy would be to use a universal screener that gives their grade equivalency. This will also be helpful when speaking to parents. Data is objective information.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I can help a student become an independent learner by modeling the process that I am trying to teach. Also, a student can become an independent learner after I have repeated myself in different ways so much that the student is used to the rituals and routines, and can explain the process as I have. Asking students questions related to them and how they would use a strategy will also help them become an independent learner.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I would help a student stay motivated by using manipulatives, videos, technology, and rewarding them verbally or with some type of point system.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, I would give an example by using their name and asking them what they would do.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
I help students with reading comprehension problems by having them read a story that is familiar to them. This way they should recognize or decode words better. They can also better answer the setting, plot, and characters of the story. After that, I would expand to other types of stories.