# Vivaldi

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I am a certified Illinois teacher with 11 years of experience educating students ranging in ages from middle school to collegiate freshman. I am endorsed in middle school math and physical science. I also carry an algebra endorsement. Math courses I have taught include Pre-Algebra, Algebra, Trigonometry, Geometry, Linear Algebra, Pre-Calculus and Calculus. Science courses I have taught include Earth and Space Science, Life Science, and Physical Science. I have served as both a Math and Science Department chair, and a Science Instructional Coach. I am also very knowledgeable of the Mathematics Common Core and the Next Generation Science Standards.

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Undergraduate Degree: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign - Bachelor of Science, Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering

Graduate Degree: University of Illinois at Chicago - Masters, Education

Science Fiction (movies and books), Science Journals (reading), weight lifting, cardio boxing, chess, anime, comic books

- Algebra
- Algebra 2
- Arithmetic
- Calculus
- Calculus 2
- College Algebra
- Earth Science
- Elementary Math
- Elementary School Math
- Geometry
- High School Chemistry
- Life Sciences
- Math
- Middle School Math
- Middle School Science
- Physical Science
- Pre-Algebra
- Pre-Calculus
- Trigonometry

## What is your teaching philosophy?

My goal as a teacher is to help students become creative problem solvers. I accomplish this by having them make sense of problems and persevere in solving them. During instruction, I help students reason abstractly and quantitatively. I believe that it's important for student to construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of what they learn.

## What might you do in a typical first session with a student?

I like to get to know the students and find out their academic strengths and weaknesses. I would also administer a pre-assessment in the content of instruction, so that I can cater my teaching to the needs of the student.

## How can you help a student become an independent learner?

I believe that in order for a student to become an independent learner, it's important to let them struggle with problems. Whenever I introduce a topic, I would model the solution to a problem, and then guide the students through an example with specific questioning (Usually in the form of "What are you doing?" and "Why?"). I would then give the students an independent practice where they can work through the problems on their own. After a period of time, we would go over the student's work together.

## How would you help a student stay motivated?

By giving them challenging problems, positive reinforcement, and some kind of material acknowledgement of their hard work and success (usually a certificate, special pen or pencil, etc.).

## If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?

Break the skill into smaller, more manageable steps or skills that the student can master. I would also make sure to scaffold instruction to the needs of the student. I would incorporate more hands on manipulatives and visuals to make the abstract concept more concrete.

## How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?

Do a read-aloud where I model fluency, comprehension, and questions, which I would ask while reading the text.

## What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?

I find that problem solving has been successful in working with students. Rather than focus on individual rote skills, I would have the students work on real-world problems that incorporate several skills and concepts.

## How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?

By explaining the real world purpose of the content that they are studying and why it is important to them.

## What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?

I would give the student an independent practice where they go over whatever skills they learned that session. I would end the session with a quick assessment (exit ticket) where they are tested on what they learned. From this exit ticket, I would learn what to focus on for the next session.

## How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?

By giving them multiple attempts at problems around a concept, using positive reinforcement, and tracking their progress with the content.

## How do you evaluate a student's needs?

By giving them a pre-assessment on the concept that they are studying to identify academic needs.

## How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?

From a pre-assessment given to a student, I identify strengths and weaknesses. I then adjust the instruction, catering to the needs of the students based on that pre-assessment.

## What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?

I use text, videos, manipulates, models, and my laptop to help make instruction more engaging and relevant to the student.