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Serdar

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As some say, teachers are not and should not be the individuals who end up being in this profession because of being unable to find "other" jobs. I think this approach has some indirect messages to all teachers and puts a huge responsibility on our shoulders to prove that students we are responsible for, deserve intellectual people who deliver a high quality instruction that addresses their unique needs. For me, teaching resembles to what doctors do with their patients. Just like a successful treatment, an effective instruction always begins with the right diagnosis. You will never see a doctor applying exact same treatment for all patients ignoring their backgrounds. Thus, an outstanding teacher must be a person who is an expert in identifying the student and his/her needs. Once the needs are determined, teacher must master the student centered instruction. Furthermore, it is imperative to be able to accurately assess the student with the right tools and techniques and be able to utilize the resources made available. Besides all these technical skills, an outstanding teacher must always be a caring person who always prioritizes student learning regardless of challenges facing him/her.

Serdar’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Bosphorus (Bogazici) University - Bachelors, Chemistry

Graduate Degree: Cambridge College - Masters in Education, Education

Hobbies

Soccer, stock market, college counseling


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

As some say, teachers are not and should not be the individuals who end up being in this profession because of being unable to find "other" jobs. I think this approach has some indirect messages to all teachers and puts a huge responsibility on our shoulders to prove that students we are responsible for deserve intellectual people who deliver a high quality instruction that addresses their unique needs. For me, teaching resembles to what doctors do with their patients. Just like a successful treatment, an effective instruction always begins with the right diagnosis. You will never see a doctor applying exact same treatment for all patients ignoring their backgrounds. Thus, an outstanding teacher must be a person who is an expert in identifying the student and his/her needs. Once the needs are determined, a teacher must master the student-centered instruction. Furthermore, it is imperative to be able to accurately assess the student with the right tools and techniques and be able to utilize the resources made available. Besides all these technical skills, an outstanding teacher must always be a caring person who always prioritizes student learning, regardless of challenges facing him/her.

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

I would do an extensive diagnosis of pre-knowledge of the student in that specific topic and assess some of his/her learning skills to identify his/her learning styles. I believe in the power of ongoing formative assessment. And thus, data-driven education is the key component of my approach to classroom instruction. A combination or written and oral assessment with an addition of a teacher's observation and continuous logging of this data will always enable me to identify the student's needs and communicate them to the parents in an appropriate manner.