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My name is Okha Patel. My favorite things include -- lunch, shopping, and traveling the world. I also enjoy relaxing and reading a good book.

For the last four years, I have taught 5th-8th grade Special Education mastering in learning strategies such as metacognitive strategies, using videos, and even songs to help learn and memorize. I obtain a Teaching Credential and am very knowledgable in K-12 standards.

I was recently promoted as LEAD Specialist at my school. This means I oversee all the special education programs at our school and coach our special education teachers.

I believe being rigorous, positive reinforcement, and 100% in everything is the key to student engagement and being able to achieve and master content and/or standard.

Okha’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: The University of Alabama - Bachelor in Arts, Interdisciplinary Studies

Graduate Degree: UNLV - Master of Science, Masters in Special Education

Hobbies

Running, shopping, and hiking.

Tutoring Subjects

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

6th Grade Math

6th Grade Reading

6th Grade Science

6th Grade Writing

7th Grade

7th Grade Math

7th Grade Reading

7th Grade Science

7th Grade Writing

8th Grade Math

8th Grade Writing

College English

Elementary School

Elementary School Math

Elementary School Reading

Elementary School Science

Elementary School Writing

English

High School Chemistry

High School English

Middle School Math

Middle School Reading

Middle School Science

Middle School Writing

Other

Phonics

Reading

Special Education

Study Skills

Study Skills and Organization


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

Creating instruction isn't productive, but creating explicit, innovative instruction with rigorous content is what every student deserves.

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

Typically we would have a 2 minute icebreaker game. Afterwards, we waste no time and dive into a warm-up question. Then, I allow the student to tell me his or her challenges with that particular subject. This allows the student to take ownership. We would then create a goal, and master that goal by the end of the session. However, if the focus is homework or school work, then I would teach that same content by scaffolding step-by-step using visual aids.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

I do. We do. You do. I would show the student how to complete the problem using explicit directions, visual aids, metacognitive strategies, and possibly even videos. We would do multiple problems together. Then, the student would work independently as I observed. While observing, I'd take notes on if the student has mastered that skill or not. If not, we would re-visit "We do."

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

Building confidence in a subject occurs when students are receiving affirmation, or pro-con-pro strategies are being implemented.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

I provide positive reinforcement and regular positive praise to students to stay motivated and engaged.