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I am an enthusiastic teacher with eight years experience teaching elementary school as well as tutoring. I have found this to be professionally fulfilling and personally rewarding. My goal is to consistently provide a supportive and warm environment. I am capable of instructing students at their individual level by engaging them in the learning process through differentiation. I am eager to learn from my students as I continuously improve my teaching skills.

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Mike’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Cabrini College - Bachelor of Science, Elementary Education

Graduate Degree: Chestnut Hill College - Master of Science, Special Education

Hobbies

Reading, math, Computers, Sports

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 Writing

Art

College English

Elementary Math

Elementary School

Elementary School Math

Elementary School Reading

Elementary School Writing

English

English Grammar and Syntax

ESL/ELL

Handwriting

High School English

Introduction to Fiction

Math

Other

Phonics

Public Speaking

Reading

Special Education

Summer


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

When I went to college, I debated for the first three years on a major, trying to find a career that would be satisfying to me. After much thinking and taking many classes, I decided that education was the right career path for me. I now find that not only do I enjoy teaching kids, but I also have a passion for helping children succeed. Education is very crucial for society as a whole. Without progress in education there is no progress in society. Teaching may not seem like a very important career to some people, but when I think back to some of my own teachers, I realize what a significant part they played in my life. When I was asked to build a philosophy of education, I had to think for a few days what my philosophy of education is, and then I remembered a paper I did back in college called Definition of a Learner. I defined a learner as someone who learns. This can be any person at any age and from any country because I believe that people can learn at any time in their lives. No one is ever beyond or incapable of learning. This is true only if the teacher understands that every child, no matter what age group or language proficiency is willing, able, and eager to learn. If a teacher is not consciously aware of this, and if a teacher does not understand that every child can learn, then those learners may never learn as much as they really could. If the teacher is excited about what she/he is teaching, then this excitement will spill over to the students and this will help these students succeed in the classroom as well as in life. To sum up my philosophy of education--- I believe every student is capable of learning and that teachers, myself included, must realize this. As I have said it from the start and have continued to say it, I will make it my duty and I continue my pledge to do anything and everything I can to make sure that each and every student, Regular Ed and Special Ed or ESL will succeed to the best of their ability. I will also make certain that there are no barriers in my class/classes that will impede this process of success.

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

Have a friendly conversation to get to know the client. We would play a few games to get a better idea of their abilities.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

By providing modeling then guided practice. This will lead to independent practice.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

By providing interesting and fun activities.

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

I would modify my instruction to meet the student's success level.

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

By providing lots of modeling and guided practice.

What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?

Every strategy that I implement is successful.

How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?

duplicate

What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?

Modeling, guided practice, independent practice, then provide an assessment to check for understanding.

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

By setting them up for success every time.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

By playing certain games to gauge student's abilities.

How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?

Observe behaviors during activities, then modify where needed.

What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?

Lots of hands-on and technology related materials.


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