My love for learning and education has motivated me to work with children from TK up to 12 grade, both in General Education and Special Education. I believe all children will learn and succeed when provided with the right tools. I like to encourage students to express themselves and to constantly inquire and be active learners. I want my students to ultimately take control of their learning. The teacher should be a facilitator who guides her students. She should know the type of learners her students are and use that to enhance students learning and experiences. In order for this to occur, students first need to be at grade level and master the content on hand. Then, they can take off like rockets and explore as they wish. This is what I focus on and what motivates me on a daily basis.
CSUG - Bachelors, English
What is your teaching philosophy?
I believe that teaching should be personal and individualized. It should be geared toward the student’s interests and very much connected with the type of learner that the student is. Just like we receive personalized treatment from our own doctor, students should also receive an education that is personalized for the needs of the student.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
I will find out what type of learner my student is. I will do a survey of his/her interests, hobbies, and favorite subject. This will help me when I am actively teaching the student.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
One way I will help and encourage a student to become an independent learner is to teach him/her how to come up with an answer in different ways. I will also guide my student on how to research about a topic and where to go to find quality information that will help him/her develop steps to find the correct answer
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I will guide my student into finding where he/she is stuck and to pinpoint where he/she is stuck on. I will then reteach the concept in different ways in order for my student to understand. I will then ask the student to explain the concept to me in order to check for understanding and see if the student understood the concept.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
I will incorporate graphic organizers and visuals in their reading comprehension. I will pin point what part of the section he/she is struggling with and see if the lack of comprehension has to do with vocabulary that the student is not familiar with. If so, I will then review the vocabulary with my student and clarify the meaning. We will then discuss reading strategies when dealing with unfamiliar vocabulary.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
I first assess where my student is struggling with or what weaknesses he/she may have. I make sure they know that I empathize with them and make them feel comfortable with me. I let them know that I am here for them and that I believe in them.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
I ask them to do a self-reflection of what their strength and weaknesses are. Then, together, we create a short-term goal in which we focus on small milestones that we will work on in order for the student to overcome them. Once the student overcomes each milestone, the student will increase their self-esteem and get engaged and excited about their success.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
I ask the student to create something new with the material he just learned, or I ask the student to change roles with me and teach it to me.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
I build a student's confidence in a subject by creating short term goals in which short milestones will be in each of their goals. Every time they reach a milestone, their self-esteem and confidence increases. I also constantly praise my student for their hard work.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
I evaluate a student's needs in different ways. First, by observation. I ask myself if the student is showing confidence in what they are doing. Does he know what to do? Is he using prior knowledge to solve the problem? Is the student struggling and guessing? I check the student's work, which will show me if he knows what to do or where he is struggling. I also check for understanding when the student is doing his work
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
If the student is not understanding my lesson, I reteach the subject at hand in a different way. I incorporate visuals, technology, and manipulatives. I pinpoint where my student is struggling to clarify any confusion and reinforce his/her learning.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
Graphic organizers for Math or Language Arts, visuals, technology, worksheets, and manipulatives.