I am the oldest of 9 kids in my family, so being around children is when I feel the most comfortable. Through out elementary school I was not confident in the classroom, and because of those experiences I want to help other kids. I know that I am extremely prepared to help children learn and really reach their true potential.
Loyola Marymount University - Bachelors, Psychology
What is your teaching philosophy?
My personal teaching philosophy is to take the time to meet students where they are at, and really provide for them all the tools that they need to not only feel comfortable in the classroom but to also really love learning.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
I think the first session with a student is especially critical. I would try to make the student feel as comfortable as possible, by taking away some of the pressure and making things fun. I think by being open with the children, I can create a great relationship.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I believe that in order to make students independent learners they must really love learning. By making subjects fun and relatable, gaining knowledge will be something that students want to do.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
When I was in school, I struggled with reading comprehension, and that was because most of the time I was overwhelmed by the amount of words I was having to read. I would break up the reading into smaller parts so that it would be less overwhelming for them, and hopefully that would help them a little bit.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
I have found that providing the material in many different formats works really well. Students usually learn in many different ways, and by presenting the information in multiple ways it can be very helpful.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
Making things relatable to students can make it a lot more interesting. In school it can be difficult to understand how concepts apply to real life, and that makes it more difficult to learn.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
First, I would take a step back from the topic and make sure the student has an understanding of the basic concepts involved. Then, I would try to present the topic in a different way.