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Clare

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I have been a certified teacher for the past 3 years. I have taught 6th, 5th, and now 3rd grade to a wonderful group of students exclusively at Title 1 schools. Each of my students requires individualized attention and specific interventions in math and reading. I work with my team to analyze student data and to work with them to create interventions that bring students from a lower test score to passing test score. Before my work as a teacher, I worked on a pilot program with bringing their program into a St. Louis City charter school. In this position, I worked with students from 5th to 8th grade who were reading and doing math at a 1st grade level and up in an intense specials rotation.

I know how to work with students of all ages. The work I do with my own students on a daily basis is the same dedication and level of differentiation that I would bring to students that I tutor. I love working with students and I believe that all students can make goals and in turn reach them.

Clare’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Elon University - Bachelor in Arts, Biology, General

Graduate Degree: Fontbonne University - Master of Arts Teaching, Education

Hobbies

I enjoy my menagerie of animals: dog, cat, bird, snake, and lizard as well as working out and working on my house!

Tutoring Subjects

1st Grade Writing

2nd Grade

2nd Grade Math

2nd Grade Reading

2nd Grade Writing

3rd Grade

3rd Grade Math

3rd Grade Reading

3rd Grade Writing

4th Grade

4th Grade Math

4th Grade Reading

4th Grade Writing

5th Grade

5th Grade Math

5th Grade Reading

5th Grade Writing

6th Grade

6th Grade Math

6th Grade Reading

6th Grade Science

6th Grade Writing

7th Grade

7th Grade Reading

7th Grade Science

7th Grade Writing

8th Grade

8th Grade Reading

8th Grade Science

8th Grade Writing

9th Grade Reading

9th Grade Writing

Adult Literacy

Biology

College Biology

College English

Elementary Math

Elementary School

Elementary School Math

Elementary School Reading

Elementary School Science

Elementary School Writing

English

ESL/ELL

Graduate Test Prep

GRE

GRE Analytical Writing

GRE Quantitative

GRE Verbal

High School Biology

High School Chemistry

High School English

High School Writing

HSPT Prep

ISEE Prep

ISEE- Lower Level

ISEE- Middle Level

ISEE- Upper Level

Life Sciences

Math

Middle School

Middle School Reading

Middle School Science

Middle School Writing

Other

Phonics

Quantitative Reasoning

Reading

SAT Prep

SAT Math

SAT Mathematics

SAT Reading

SAT Writing and Language

Science

Special Education

SSAT Prep

SSAT- Elementary Level

SSAT- Middle Level

SSAT- Upper Level

Study Skills

Study Skills and Organization

Summer

Test Prep


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

I believe that every child can learn, and that with help, every child can feel successful about their learning.

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

The first session for me is about building a relationship with a student. In this session we typically get to know each other, and find common interests as well as assessing the student's strengths and weaknesses.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

I subscribe to the idea of the gradual release of responsibility. I model for students what they need to know, and we practice together, usually with me showing my own thinking. As time goes on, I pull back and ask students how they would solve the problem, only stepping in when students truly do not know. As time goes on, students are anxious to show you how much they understand and do not need or want the assistance.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

Give a student success often. Students need to see that their hard work is paying off. Playing games with students that work on specific skills-- playing cards are wonderful-- is another way to integrate "hard work" into something that is fun and engaging.

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

This is an instance in which I would scaffold the material for the student and break it down into its component parts. I would start with the concept at an earlier grade level if possible. I would also encourage any successes the child had in that area to keep their motivation high, and to stop them from becoming discouraged.

How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?

I would give students a reading assessment, such as a progress monitor to determine what skills they are specifically struggling with. We would read high interest books together, as I would model the skills they needed help with in a short lesson. We would then read together in a guided reading format, focusing on comprehension skills and word work.