I am currently completing my degree in Special Education with a reading and ESOL endorsement at Broward College and should complete my degree requirements in April of 2016. I decided to pursue a career not only in education but also a specialization in students with disabilities because I am attracted to the unique situations and the various rewards of doing so! I have tutored students for over 5 years which has allowed me to gain the experience in learning different ways to go about helping them conquer issues they may be facing. The students whom I have worked with range from kindergarten level to first year college students. I specialize in working on phonics, reading and writing with students of all levels, but I am also very experienced in elementary and middle school math. I am bi-lingual, English and Spanish, which has allowed me to tutor students in learning Spanish, or help students who are English language learners. My hobbies usually include creating my own household decorations using recycled and new materials, as well as creating arts and crafts projects to work on with others.
Every day that I work with students is a rewarding experience. I love seeing how excited the students are to see me. Every student wants to learn, whether it is obvious or not. When the students are showing a frustration and disinterested attitude towards the task, I believe that it is only because they have not found an interesting way to learn. Each student is unique and needs to learn in that unique way. They want to make sure their voices are heard and want to participate; it is simply a matter of guiding them. I want every student to know that no challenge should ever hold them back, nor will it, because I will teach them how to conquer any they may face!
From early in my life, I always enjoyed being around children and helping them. I loved creating projects for them, helping everyone with any problems with a homework assignment or even helping the teacher create the best environment possible for all the students. Sometimes there are students who may have behavioral issues, may not be interested in learning a certain subject, or they have problems understanding the material. I never have a problem working with students with any of these minor issues because I believe that with a bit of extra attention, all of those issues can be addressed and solved. I always strive to be the person to push them to challenge themselves, to make mistakes and learn from them, and no matter where they come from, who they are, what they are good at or not good at, they all understand that they will all be successful if they really work and use all of the tools available to help them there.
I believe that to establish a successful learning environment, the tutor must act as a motivational guide. Students' goals may differ according to their interests but my goal as a tutor is to make sure they succeed. I will guide them towards success through the different subject areas by providing support, structure and encouragement, in an environment that is welcoming, promotes risk-taking and the sharing of different ideas. I know that my future students will all have distinct learning styles which is why I will keep them involved in a variety of activities in and out of the classroom, using visual, auditory and hands-on learning styles. Through this form of learning, the students will be exposed to a session rich in diversity and learning styles with movies, hands-on projects, manipulatives and various online learning activities. This will allow the students to develop and use all parts of the curriculum to the best of their abilities. During my tutoring sessions, students will have their own voice which will be heard. They will be free to give their input on various assignments during the time with them. My students will never be scared or intimidated to do anything because they will be encouraged to conquer any challenge ahead of them through the support of myself and through their independent thinking.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Broward College - Bachelor of Science, Special Education
Arts & Crafts, decorating, reading
1st Grade Math
1st Grade Reading
1st Grade Writing
2nd Grade Math
2nd Grade Reading
2nd Grade Writing
3rd Grade Math
3rd Grade Reading
3rd Grade Writing
4th Grade Math
4th Grade Reading
4th Grade Writing
5th Grade Math
5th Grade Reading
5th Grade Writing
Elementary School Math
Elementary School Reading
Elementary School Writing
High School English
Study Skills and Organization
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
My teaching philosophy is to teach every student to achieve goals, because once they have all the tools necessary, they can achieve any goal they would like to achieve. I aim to have students understand the importance of not only academia, but social skills and acceptance; to help them live an independent, successful life once they leave the school setting.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
In a first session with a student, I usually like to sit down with both the student and their family to go over strengths and areas of possible growth, as well as find out what their goals and desires are with the student's success. I then like to go over either school assignments or work I have as a diagnostic to see where the student could really benefit from my help.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
The student becomes an independent learner once they have the tools necessary to achieve their goals. My goal as a tutor is to make sure they have these tools by teaching them methods of studying and working on areas of need, and teaching them organization skills that I feel are a very important part of success.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Sometimes, when a student becomes frustrated or bored with the material at hand, their motivation goes down. I always make sure that I am aware of the student's current state and react accordingly. The material would get switched up to keep their attention, constant verbal praise would be given, and students would work towards a fun enforcer, such as a fun (educational) game.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
When students are struggling with reading comprehension, the first step is to take a diagnostic assessment. The student would read a story at different reading levels and answer questions about the story. According to the results, we would work towards getting them where they need to be. Many times, vocabulary plays a role in struggles with reading comprehension, and so does the student's fluency. These can all be discovered through diagnostic assessments as well. Then we would complete different activities; some visuals, lots of hands on, to be able to keep the students motivated in learning and improving.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
What I find most successful when working with a student is to let the students know when they are doing well, and keep them motivated when they get frustrated by giving them constant praise. It helps them stay in the mindset of completing the tasks. Also, I found that setting standards and goals from the very beginning of the session helps the student focus on the lesson and mentally prepare themselves.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
If a student is struggling with a subject, motivators help the student a lot. It also helps to stay aware of the student's state, such as their personality changes or attitudes throughout the sessions and make sure to react accordingly. I would make sure to keep the session exciting by changing the assignment, offering praise, or having them work towards a "fun" assignment, such as work on a tablet or computer, or even a game.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
I would make sure the student understands the material simply by paying attention to their progress during the lesson. By asking them questions OUTSIDE of the assignment in front of them, actually having a conversation with them, it would make it clear how they feel about the assignment.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
Students need to know when they are doing well and also need to know that, if they are not getting something right away, that it is okay and we are working towards achieving that goal, one step at a time. By explaining this to the students and keeping a constant open communication system with them, the student's confidence builds, because they are not left thinking to themselves about what they possibly did right or wrong.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
A student's needs are evaluated through diagnostic assessments throughout the sessions. Most importantly, a student's needs are found through conversations with the student. For the most part, a student will know where they need help, and if by chance they do not, or they are not telling you, it usually becomes clear while working because you see a shift in confidence.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
All students have different needs. It is simply a matter of listening and paying attention, and then adapting to these needs. If a student needs more confidence, I would make sure they know they are doing well with constant praise. If the student has more specific learning needs, then I would put the work into smaller, easier to see and understand parts.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
The tools that I use depend on what the student and their families would like me to work on during the sessions. If they would like to do homework, I work on homework and the materials are usually provided. If not, then I would bring extra materials such as books, different types of assignments from online, materials for specific projects, etc.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
If a student has difficulty with learning a skill or concept, I would focus our sessions slightly more on the struggling area.