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Matthew

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I graduated from California State University at Fresno with a B.A. in Elementary Education in 2007 and a master's in English as a Second Language from Grand Canyon University in 2012. After graduating from CSU Fresno, I moved to Douglas, Arizona and taught Kindergarten for a year. At the end of the year I was offered a job teaching third grade in Las Vegas. I was there for two years when I moved back to California to help my family. While in California, I worked as a substitute Instructional Assistant for three years with San Juan Unified School District. In July 2014 I returned for a temporary teaching assignment.

Matthew’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: CSU Fresno - Bachelor in Arts, Elementary Education

Graduate Degree: Grand Canyon University - Masters in Education, TESOL

Hobbies

My hobbies include pets, computers and computer games.

Tutoring Subjects

10th Grade Writing

1st Grade

1st Grade Reading

2nd Grade

2nd Grade Reading

2nd Grade Writing

3rd Grade

3rd Grade Reading

4th Grade

4th Grade Reading

4th Grade Writing

College English

Elementary School

Elementary School Reading

Elementary School Writing

English

English Grammar and Syntax

High School English

High School Writing

ISEE Prep

ISEE- Lower Level

ISEE- Middle Level

Other

Reading

SSAT Prep

SSAT- Elementary Level

SSAT- Middle Level

Test Prep


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

I have always believed that children will learn easier if they are relaxed and having fun. When they are relaxed, their minds are open and they communicate freely and are open to input.

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

In my first session, I introduce myself to the child and his parents. I discuss what difficulties he is having, and we talk about what things he likes to do. This puts both the child and parent at ease. It also gives them a chance to ask me questions to get to know me better.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

I can help a child be an independent learner by drawing connections between puzzles and games they like to play now and the material that they are learning.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

I help a student stay motivated by offering encouragement as they reach their goals and different ways of solving problems for when they get stuck.

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

I show them different ways to solve the problem. For instance, for a math word problem, I would help them pick out the keywords and what problem they are solving. Then, we would work the problem a few different ways until we find one that the child can understand.