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Ashley

Hi! My name is Ashley; I am 24 years old, and I am currently making a living nannying and tutoring while pursuing graduate school. I received my BA in elementary education, and I have minors in language arts and mathematics. After college I taught preschool in an at risk program for three years, where I realized my love for working with children who need a little extra help. I am now completing required courses to get into graduate school for occupational therapy. I am truly here to help students learn, and I will do my best to make that process as enjoyable and as effective as possible.

Undergraduate Degree:

 Alma College - Bachelors, Elementary Education

ACT Composite: 27

I love being outdoors with my family, friends, and my dog! I enjoy outdoor activities such as kayaking, hiking, riding sea doos, and fishing. I also love sports; I played college softball, and I continue to play slow pitch softball. Finally, I love to watch football and baseball-Go Blue!

What is your teaching philosophy?

As an educator, I believe that every child can learn; therefore, my primary goal will be to help every student become a successful learner. Every student should have the opportunity to feel successful in his or her learning, and then take that feeling of success into the rest of their lives. I will strive to help students become critical thinkers, and I will create an atmosphere that encourages intrinsic motivation, creativity, and the love of learning.

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

I will get to know some basic information about the student, such as their name, age, grade level, and any extracurricular activities they do. I will tell the student about myself. I will also talk to the student about the subject they are having difficulty with and the reasons why they believe they are having difficulty. Finally, I will ask the student how they like to learn best.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

I will help a student become an independent learner by scaffolding the student through lessons. This means meeting the student where he or she is and then challenging them to a point where he or she has to think critically while still having the ability to be successful.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

I would acknowledge the student's feelings if he or she was feeling frustrated, upset, unsuccessful, etc. I would then talk to them about why we are doing this and what we will get out of finishing an assignment. We could also talk about what the student will do after the assignment is finished/he or she understands the concept.

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

I would try a new approach. If he or she was getting too frustrated with one skill or concept, we could move on to another before coming back to the original.

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

I ask questions throughout the story such as, "What just happened?," "Who are the characters we have met?," "What do you think will happen next?"

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

Remaining in the student's zone of proximal development or scaffolding zone. The student needs to be pushed, but not too far that he or she feels unsuccessful. Engage the student in the work, and make it hands on!

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

I'd create an activity based around the student's interests.

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

I'd ask the student a question that requires the student to explain the material back to me, solve a problem, or apply the concept he or she learned.

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

Encouragement works to help build a student's confidence. Explaining to the student everything he or she is learning and what he or she can do in every step of the process.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

I pose a question to the student and evaluate what he or she is struggling in.