I am a retired teacher with twenty seven years of experience, teaching all subjects, at grades 3,5,6,7 and 8. This has given me the opportunity to develop very effective teaching strategies.
Also, I have taught Adult Education (GED) for several years and my true belief is that there is a genius who resides in each individual and I am an expert at helping my students identify their genius and use it to their fullest potential.
My high success rate can be attributed to a strong knowledge of subject matter, effective teaching strategies, and a total commitment to helping students achieve success. Knowing a student's learning style is the key to academic improvement and also results in an enhanced self-concept.
What is your teaching philosophy?
A twenty-seven year teaching career, coupled with my comprehension of equality, has permitted me to develop the philosophy that all children are entitled to an equal start at the commencement of their education. My primary goal is to help young people recover from the inadequate start given to them at the beginning.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
We will discuss the pupil's interests and abilities and proceed to assess where the student is encountering difficulties.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
The student will learn to use prior knowledge and will be able to use newly learned problem solving strategies .
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I enjoy rewarding pupils when they have mastered 80% of the objectives that we established at the beginning.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
I must first evaluate the effectiveness of my teaching strategies; then, I must question the pupil as to where the difficulties first arise.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
I instruct them on how to become a more active reader .
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
Establishing a positive rapport and demonstrating to the pupil how skilled they actually are. It is important for them to understand that no one is good at everything .
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
I usually try to demonstrate how relevant the particular subject is .
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
I ask the student to take on the role of the tutor and instruct me on how to complete a task.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
By constantly providing an opportunity to be successful.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
Assigned tasks are review, and there is always a dialog between the pupil and I.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
I become more familiar with the learning of the pupil .
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
It all depends on the needs of the particular pupils .