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Gwendolyn

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I am a graduate of the University of Maryland University College (UMUC) where I received my Bachelor of Science in Management with a secondary major in English, and a Masters of Science in Management | Masters of Business Administration with a Public Relations focus. I am currently pursuing a Masters of Arts in Teaching with UMUC. I have attained my education while working as a Federal government employee with the United States Postal Service and the Department of Health and Human Services having recently retired from government service. During my federal career, I have volunteered with the DC public school system as a reading mentor in the Everybody Wins! program and served as a parent volunteer during my daughter’s K-12 years. I am currently a volunteer teacher at the Academy of Hope in Washington, DC teaching ‘Reading and Work Life Skills’ to adult learners who are taking courses toward attaining their General Education Diploma. Teaching has always been a passion and now I am able to pursue this goal as a retiree. Through my volunteer activities and now through my studies in the Masters of Arts in Teaching program, I value the hard task that teachers must perform each day but the reward at the end of the day is watching and seeing how learning has a positive effect on students. ‘Each one teach one’ is a part of who I am and through teaching I am able to have a positive impact on the future of tomorrow’s leaders. In my spare time, I love to read and watch TV mysteries, walking just for the sheer joy of being outdoors and spending time with family and friends.

Gwendolyn’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: University of Maryland-University College - Bachelor of Science, Management and English

Graduate Degree: University of Maryland-University College - Master of Arts, Teaching

Hobbies

Reading | Walking | Volunteer Teaching

Tutoring Subjects

1st Grade Reading

1st Grade Writing

2nd Grade Reading

College English

College Essays

Comparative Literature

Elementary School Reading

Elementary School Writing

English

English Grammar and Syntax

Essay Editing

GED Prep

High School English

Literature

Phonics

Public Speaking

Reading

Test Prep

Writing


Q & A

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

Becoming an independent learner would require developing good study habits--discussing note-taking, reviewing materials (if available) prior to class, and balancing social and learning activities. These are but a few of the areas that would greatly contribute to a student becoming an independent learner.

What is your teaching philosophy?

My teaching philosophy is that learning is a continuous and lifelong process. All students have the capacity to learn and we as educators will tap into each student's individual and distinct ways of learning.

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

Getting to know the student will be my first goal. Learning from the client the things they believe will bring about success academics.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

I would try to gear my lessons to those topics that the student enjoys. For instance, if the student is an avid football fan, creating a writing assignment that is a comparison /contrast on two of their favorite players.

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

Repetition is key coupled with relating the task to something the student likes.

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

One of the strategies could be to relate the topic to something that is already known. Also, students can make inferences or predictions about the text. These strategies including others would directly involve students in the text and increase their understanding.

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

Using a student centered approach to learning. Using some time with the student to learn about likes, dislikes, and determining the most effective learning strategies for each student.

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

Again, by using a student centered approach to learning and attempting to develop sessions that will promote a genuine interest in the topics studied.

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

Repetition, repetition, and more repetition. Related activities and relating the activity to ideas the student is familiar with.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

Looking at the student's work submitted by the teacher, talking to the parents, talking with the student, and sticking to a student-centered approach when developing learning strategies for the student.

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

With a student centered approach discussed in my previous responses.

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

Assignments from client's teacher, appropriate worksheets and activities from the Web, texts and items I develop such as spelling and definition assignments.

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

Learning strategies that would relate the topics to something the client is already familiar with. Also, making inferences or predictions about the text.