Teaching, to me, is the planting of seeds and the harvesting the student's individual progress in any matter of learning. It's the culmination of want, desire, and drive to excel in the subject matter, as well as an appreciation of having met certain goals. The "good" teacher is not only one that pushes the subject matter, but sees how the student can grasp, then master the material, in order to then execute his/her mastery of it. It is such that makes the teacher a good one, and a student the best he or she can be.
Emerson College - Bachelors, Speech Secondary Education
What is your teaching philosophy?
My full philosophy is very short. "Attain the objective". The objective may be learning, or learning that learning in a particular genre is not possible, nor will probably work in the student's interest, something that's up to the student as they learn.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
Get to know the student, his/her interests, and their motivation to learn the particular information.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
Through motivation and vision of the actual goal. Without both, teaching will be laborious, and learning will not be fun.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Vision of the goal and motivation to get there.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
Create a realm in which the lessons become the learning through reality-based examples, not just book concepts.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
Break down the text to its basic premises. For example, asking "What did this paragraph describe?" "Does it change the nature of the subject or bring in any new material?"
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
Being introduced to the student's wants and needs, and the environment they choose to be in when attempting to master the material. For example, if a student wanted to learn basketball and tried to previously do this in a place other than a basketball court...or maybe studying in a noisy distracting environment...these factors would negate the fullest learning.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
By operating in the context of the material that needs to be mastered. Math? Find subjects where math is needed. Public speaking? Find areas where such performance is common and part of that environment. It has to be made relevant to the student.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
Practice. If it can be done, it will be done.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
Mostly by operating with the completion of the academic material, but realizing it in how the subject works in whatever environment the subject material thrives.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
1) To first see if the needs as presented fall somewhere between that which is required and that which the student can perform. 2) Evaluate if the student can practically and positively attain the goal. 3) Find out if the student is motivated to attain the goal.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
Find out what matters and use that as a guideline to move forward. Research, planning, action, and evaluation.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
Whatever is needed to perform the functions of the goal.