As an educator that strives to teach each child in a way they best learn, I have 18 years of classroom experience with a variety of grade levels spanning grades 4???12, differing school settings, both private and public, multiple classroom experiences, from teaching Honors Algebra II at an urban public school to years of experience teaching Algebra I & II inclusion classes
Undergraduate Degree: Indiana University - Bachelor of Science, Secondary Math Education
Graduate Degree: Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis - Master of Science, Urban education administration
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What is your teaching philosophy?
If a student is not learning by the way we teach, then we must teaching in the way they learn.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
In the first session, I would like to get a general idea of what the student feels in their struggle with the subject. Through that conversation, I am able to learn more about them in terms of confidence and overall outlook as a student. By keeping the topic focused on the tutoring the awkward meet and greet can slowly develop through the session. Meeting the parents is equally important so we can establish a rapport together in support of the student.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
It is essential for a learner to learn how they learn!
How would you help a student stay motivated?
In order to stay motivated, I would set shorter obtainable goals. Success will lead to success. Many times, tasks may seem overwhelming by the time students have reached out for help. So, divide and conquer will be the strategy to staying motivated.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
The strategy I would use depends on the age of the student and topic being covered. Some students may need to learn a skill in a concrete way and to connect to familiar topics to first understand the concept before presenting the concept more abstractly.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
There are many reading strategies naturally used such as context cues and understanding vocab as well as having an overview given before starting to read.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
I have found it is best to help each student become aware of their best learning style and apply that strategy when planning interventions and support of topics.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
I like to use more favorable ways of learning in other subjects they are successful in with the one in which they struggle.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
Quick assessments such as restate concepts in your own words, demonstrate how to work through a problem, or list a certain number of key and important concepts covered.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
A student can find success in smaller, more attainable goals that are set together. Once successfully guided with support, the student can then complete the tasks independently which proves to themselves they are capable of learning but perhaps in their own way.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
In math specifically, evaluating student's needs can be based on pre-assessments, skills inventory, and then particular needs such as organization, independent thinking, etc. can be determined.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
The sessions are student driven based on immediate needs, such as struggling with the current concepts being learned. Other sessions can be adapted based on the previous needs assessments, which may include determining the student's academic level compared to goal level.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
Hands on concrete manipulatives can easily be incorporated in many math lessons. Other math materials such as graph paper or geometry tools are many times a must.