I believe that I am an educator that is truly passionate about my field. It is important to work towards putting the effort in obtaining academic growth for each student I work with. My creativity is a strong component with my teaching. I believe working hard as an educator, being patient and interested in the student's learning will play apart in the expectations of a child's performance. It is important that an educator's teaching will be memorable as the student creates and express a true interest in learning.
University of New Orleans - Bachelors, General Studies
What is your teaching philosophy?
I believe that I am an educator who is truly passionate about my field, and I work towards each student's learning style. It is important to work towards putting the effort into obtaining academic growth for each student. My creativity is a strong component of my teaching. I believe in working towards a goal of success. I am a patient educator, which allows me to cater towards the student's interests and academic needs throughout my lessons. It is important to sincerely work towards wanting to see growth in each child as they overcome challenges that they that may experience in that subject area. I work with sincere interest in each of my students, as I work patiently in acknowledging their challenges in wanting to do better.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
During my first session, I would like to get to know my student. I would start off with an ice-breaker; a game, that will allow them to feel comfortable with me as their tutor and for us to get to know each other, and then I would proceed to ask them, what are the subject areas that are challenging for them and why, in their own words. I would then have a grade level assessment test provided to them that I created to see what we need to review in that subject area of need.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I can help a student become an independent learner by creating and building confidence. I will work towards consistent academic achievement by encouraging them to participate by using their creativity or words by expressing to me their understanding. Consistent lessons like this, and the student's behavior, will bring out the independent, confident, learner.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
If a student has difficulty learning a skill, I would continue to be patient with them by making sure they know that I am willing to be there for them as long as it takes. I am an educator that believes in review, review, review. "Repetition is learning," and I do believe want to make sure before I move on to a new lesson that my student understands the lesson being taught and is confident to build from there. "No Child Left Behind."
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
I would help students who are struggling with reading comprehension by focusing on the fundamentals first through phonemic awareness. It is important to understand what they are reading, have them read it correctly and be able to answer questions from short read to a long read. I will begin being creative by creating my personal short passages that would be a "Fun" read so they can see the concept of reading comprehension, and once confident and mastered, we will build from there.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
I believe that the educator's personal touch on lessons allow a student to master the lessons quicker with better understanding. It is better to create lessons while "thinking on your toes" than to get Xerox copies of a prewritten lesson to give each student. It doesn't seem to be personal.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
I always enjoy creating age appropriate, grade level/subject area games. I create games based upon the child's interest and the knowledge I would like for them to gain with the subject area that is a challenge for them. I always implement that for the last 15 minutes before the end of each full weekly tutoring session.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
I always think that a Question/Answer moment is good. It is important for me as an educator to understand what works for each child and how I am able to embark on that lesson. That helps me acknowledge if the student needs further review or if that lesson is mastered.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
I always build a student's confidence with a great rapport through my tone, encouragement of participation, laughter, a side bar or break out session with the student expressing "my teacher is..."? or "guess what my school did today," or just simple thoughts that are on the student's mind.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
I evaluate a student's needs by their expression through their personal reaction or lack of vocal participation. As I pay attention to the student's interest in regards to the creation and presentation of a lesson, that is how I evaluate their need as well.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
I will do my best to adapt to the student's needs by putting the effort into showcasing my interest through creativity, patience, acknowledgment and focus in areas where there is a challenge.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
I use loose-leaf paper, pencils, games, dry erase boards, dry erase markers, age appropriate pre-written worksheets, pencils, stickers and any other resources that I believe can benefit with my tutoring session.