My mission as a teacher is to help students see their greatest potential even when they feel a particular subject is way too challenging. Helping them see there really isn't anything in the world of education that they cannot achieve. Needing a tutor doesn't mean you aren't smart or you're incompetent, it just means that particular subject isn't fun for you anymore and I am here to change that for you. Learning should be challenging but also fun. I look forward to meeting you all soon to bring the fun back in your learning experience.
Texas Tech University - Bachelors, Multidisplinary Studies: Teaching EC-6th
What is your teaching philosophy?
Education is like Pandora's box. There are so many keys around us, but only one special key can unlock it. When it comes to education, that special key is teachers.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
I would start my tutoring sessions by first getting to know my student's interest and their struggles. Sometimes students struggle in a subject because they are just not interested in it. My goal is to find out what the student is interested in and bring that particular interest into the subject that they are struggling with.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
With lots of modeling and guided practice until they feel comfortable to step out of their own.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Motivation works well when the student is actually interested in what he or she is working on. I would first help them become interested in the subject again, and then help them create measurable goals that are easy to achieve. Sometimes the goals we set are too big and can be broken up into smaller ones. So instead of saying "I want to get bring my F up to an A," they would instead set a goal of getting a 100 on homework or a passing grade on the next quiz. Once they achieve that goal, they will be motivated to create and achieve another one.