I believe all students can learn, but each student needs to have their own unique approach to learning. I have taught for over thirty years and I have found nothing is more gratifying than seeing the smile on a student's face when they grasp a new concept. Sometimes if takes a lot of patience for the student and the teacher, but when a learning goal is achieved, it makes all worthwhile.
Undergraduate Degree: California University of Pennsylvania - Bachelor of Science, Special Education
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What is your teaching philosophy?
I believe that each student will enjoy learning as long as the teacher makes the experience a positive one.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
I'll try to get to know the student and try to find out where they need the help the most.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
After teacher-guided lessons, I would try some short assessments for the student to complete on his/her own. Of course, I wouldn't attempt this until I felt that the student is ready.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I would use verbal praise for all the attempts the student makes to answer questions, whether the answer is correct or not.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
I use as much repetition as necessary. Sometimes, I break the concept into smaller steps and use as much positive reinforcement as needed.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
I try to relate the subject matter to real-life situations, and try to make the learning experience a fun one. Sometimes I do learning games with the students to help motivate them.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
I would do oral comprehension questions during a reading lesson and then do a short assessment. In math, I would work the problems with the students and then give a short assessment when I feel the student is ready.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
By giving oral and written assessments at the student's grade level.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
After assessing the student, I would see what concept(s) the student is lacking in. For example, if the class is doing two-digit multiplication problems, but my student doesn't know his/her multiplication facts, I would go back and review them first.