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Jordana

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I am a graduate of Elmhurst College, having received my Bachelor of Arts in History with a minor in Communication Studies. I am currently pursuing an M.Ed in Elementary Education from Loyola University Chicago and have broad plans to eventually pursue a doctorate in educational administration. I discovered my passion for teaching towards the end of my undergraduate career and have been working on helping others flourish academically ever since. I currently teach 1st/2nd grade Hebrew school on Sunday mornings and I have tutored struggling college students both in course content and in study skills. I am certified to tutor a wide variety of subjects, though I am very passionate about English, Public Speaking, and elementary level subjects (Phonics and Math). I believe that the ability to utilize the spoken and written word is essential to function in society and that there is no limit to what can be achieved with strong communication skills. My teaching philosophy is that any student can learn and that education does not have to be boring! Teaching requires discovering the student's strengths and passions and tailoring creative educational approaches that connect with the student's interests. My outside activities and interests include theater, improv comedy, color guard, Drum Corps International, reading new books and obsessively rereading my old favorites, video games, and exploring the local forest preserve.

Jordana’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Elmhurst College - Bachelor in Arts, History/Communications

Graduate Degree: Loyola University-Chicago - Masters in Education, Elementary Education

Test Scores

ACT Composite: 31

ACT English: 34

ACT Reading: 33

Hobbies

Theater, color guard, reading, video games, nature walks

Tutoring Subjects

10th Grade Reading

10th Grade Writing

11th Grade Reading

11th Grade Writing

12th Grade Reading

12th Grade Writing

1st Grade

1st Grade Math

1st Grade Reading

1st Grade Writing

2nd Grade

2nd Grade Math

2nd Grade Reading

2nd Grade Writing

3rd Grade

3rd Grade Math

3rd Grade Reading

3rd Grade Science

3rd Grade Writing

4th Grade

4th Grade Math

4th Grade Reading

4th Grade Science

4th Grade Writing

5th Grade

5th Grade Math

5th Grade Reading

5th Grade Science

5th Grade Writing

6th Grade Reading

6th Grade Writing

7th Grade Reading

7th Grade Writing

8th Grade Reading

8th Grade Writing

9th Grade Reading

9th Grade Writing

Adult Literacy

American Literature

AP English Language and Composition

AP English Literature and Composition

AP World History

Arithmetic

British Literature

College English

College Level American Literature

College World History

Comparative Literature

Creative Writing

Elementary Math

Elementary School

Elementary School Math

Elementary School Reading

Elementary School Science

Elementary School Writing

English

English Grammar and Syntax

Essay Editing

Expository Writing

Fiction Writing

Gifted

High School English

High School Level American Literature

High School World History

High School Writing

Introduction to Fiction

Literature

Math

Middle School Math

Middle School Reading

Middle School Writing

Other

Persuasive Writing

Phonics

Psychology

Public Speaking

Reading

Science

Social Sciences

Social studies

Study Skills

Study Skills and Organization

Summer

US History

Vocabulary

World Civilization

World History

World Literature

Writing


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

My philosophy is that education is most effective when learning is presented in authentic, engaging, and student-centered ways. Students learn the most when they actually experience the learning and build the knowledge themselves rather than being lectured from the front of the room. Every child is capable of learning. The role of the teacher is to find which methods of learning best engage his or her students and to modify instruction to provide as many experiential and inquiry-based units of study as possible. Student directed learning is key.

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

In a typical first session, I will spend time getting to know the student and their unique needs. I like to go over work samples with the student to try to diagnose what areas need the most support. Additionally, I will make sure that I ask the student what he or she needs from me in order to make our sessions effective. I might bring along a fun learning activity to get the ball rolling depending on how much I know about the student and the student's needs prior to the first session.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

Students can become independent learners by becoming engaged and motivated within their current learning. I like to help students latch on to ideas that they find interesting and teach them how to branch out an acquire knowledge on their own. In subjects where the student expresses little interest, I like to present information in new and entertaining ways to hook the student on learning.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

Students can stay motivated by focusing on the little successes. If a student (and a teacher) is only focused on the end goal, he or she will quickly lose steam and give up along the way. Celebrating successes that occur along the way (e.g. figuring out how to do one step of a multi-step math problem) keeps the student motivated and focused and gives him or her the encouragement needed to keep working towards the end goal.

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

If a student is experiencing difficulty mastering a skill, I would find new ways to present the information. Sometimes the "traditional approach" does not mesh with an individual student's way of thinking and finding a new, individualized approach can help the information to sink in.