Hi! My name is Jillian Powers. I'm from Buffalo, NY. I've lived in Colorado for the past 6 years. This is my seventh year teaching. I'm a Literacy Interventionist for The Pinnacle Charter School. I have a Masters Degree in Childhood Education and a Masters Degree in Literacy Education. I have a Bachelors Degree in Sociology with a Minor in History. I also have an Associates Degree in Liberal Arts/ Criminal Justice and an Associates Degree in Liberal Arts Social Sciences.
I enjoy playing soccer, running, snowboarding, hiking, and coaching soccer. I also like to travel. I have a Boston Terrier- Pug Mix named Brody and a kitten named Dexter. I also like going to the movies and all types of music.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: University at Buffalo - Bachelor in Arts, Sociology
Graduate Degree: Canisius College - Masters, Literacy and Childhood Education
State Certified Teacher
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
I feel that every child deserves to receive the best education possible. Every child is a learner, so it's important to meet their needs effectively.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
I would start by getting to know my student through an icebreaker activity. Then I would set learning goals with my student, and then complete a pre-assessment so I can plan accordingly.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
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How would you help a student stay motivated?
I would play learning games with them and have engaging lessons planned to meet their needs. We would also track their progress and celebrate their successes.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
I would use a variety of strategies to help them learn that specific skill or concept. It's important to never give up!
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
I would use a variety of strategies and techniques to help them improve their reading comprehension. I would teach my students how to use a variety of graphic organizers, sequencing activities, games, story elements, book reviews, meta-cognitive strategies, interactive reading, and retelling techniques.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
I have found that setting goals and getting to know your student's learning style has been extremely successful.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
It's often difficult to get a student excited about a subject they are struggling with. One way I like to engage my students is to start by playing a game that targets that particular skill. I try to see that all of my lessons are engaging and meaningful. It's also important for your students to take ownership of their learning.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
I would use teacher-created assessments or exit tickets for activities. I would also track their progress on a continuous basis.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
To help build my student's confidence, its important to teach at their level, and then you can start to challenge them. It's also important to celebrate their success and to let them know that you believe in them.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
I start by getting to know my students and seeing what kind of learner they are. I also give my students a pre-assessment so I can plan accordingly.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
In order to adapt to my student's needs, I teach to their specific learning style, and see that all lessons are meaningful and engaging.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
During my tutoring sessions, I use a variety of materials such as learning games, books, manipulatives, flashcards, the iPad, journals, data charts, etc.