Hi! My name is Ms. Hannah, and I can't wait to meet you! I have been teaching elementary aged students for 5 years and have loved helping my students succeed. I went to Pensacola Christian College in Florida and earned a teaching degree in Elementary Education. Teaching and helping students is one of my favorite things to do. Learning doesn't always have to be so rigorous . . . it can be fun!!! I look forward to helping you reach your goals!
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Pensacola Christian College - Bachelor of Science, Elementary Education
Crafting, Music, and Working outside
What is your teaching philosophy?
People are curious by nature. One should seek answers to their questions because that is how learning takes place. Teaching should lead to a natural flow of these questions, and I seek to draw those lurking questions out of students to help them succeed in their learning journey. I strive to use visuals as much as possible to help students to see WHY things work the way that they do. It's not enough to just get an answer if an explanation of how the answer was retrieved cannot be given. This is why the logic and visual part of teaching and learning is so important. If students can explain their answers and "teach" it back, then they are ready to move on.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
The first session will consist of determining the current level of the student. From there we can begin to formulate a plan to help the student succeed. We will end the session with a few review items to get the brain ready to go! =)
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
It's important to guide a student into a desire to learn by making it enjoyable. If a student enjoys learning, then the independence will come naturally. The more they learn and the better they become, the more they will desire to learn as well.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I would motivate a student by helping them to see that they can succeed. This is done by giving students problems that they can do already, and then slowly building upon that knowledge step-by-step.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
It's important to always start with a concept that a student has mastered and feels very confident in working. From there, tiny steps can be taken to help students build their knowledge and skills.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
I would give a student a short portion to read on a topic that they enjoy and ask very basic questions. It's also important to make sure that the student is first confident in reading. If a student does not read well, he won't comprehend what he is reading. So it may be beneficial to go back and help the child with some basic reading skills first.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
First determine the areas in which the student needs most help. Then find something that the student enjoys and link the two. Always work from the known to the unknown.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
Find something that they do know how to do in the subject area and link it to a topic that they enjoy (i.e. if a students enjoys outer space, make English lessons using sentences about outer space. For math, come up with problems dealing with outer space.).
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
Question/Answer Diagramming Have the student "teach" me Word problems
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
Praise a student when they get an answer correct. When they get an answer wrong, help them to see they parts that they did do right first, and then help them to fix their mistake. Let them know that you are proud of their hard work. Always give them some questions that you know they can answer correctly. Continue to encourage a student at each lesson.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
Begin with simple problems in a subject area and gradual increase in difficulty. Watch to see at what point they begin to struggle and have difficulty.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
Some students are audible learners, so they need to be told things - sometimes multiple times. Other students learn visually and need to be shown over and over how to work a problem. Sometimes tangible items need to be used to help those students who learn by touching. Always be flexible and use as many variables and teaching methods as possible. It's important to reach as many of the senses as possible. In any case, always be patient with the student and let him/her know that you are in support of him/her.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
The sky is the limit as to the materials that can be used to teach. The materials that I use all depend on the student and what fits his/her needs best. One of my own personal favorites is to incorporate food wherever I can. =)