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Don

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Hello!

Last year, I was lucky enough to be a year-long substitute in a middle school building while I pursued my degree in mathematics. I loved having that opportunity, and look forward to getting back in the classroom as soon as my degree is finished. This year, I will be pursuing my degree full time and have decided to take a break from full time subbing to work in the field of tutoring.

I have already passed my Praxis II exams in mathematics (requirement for teaching mathematics), and am highly motivated to help your child find success. My love for math is evident, and I enjoy bringing that enthusiasm to the table even when working with a student who struggles immensely. Together we can get your student ready for the next level!

I am confident that I can assist with any math tutoring needs from K-12! From basic math, to calculus we all need help mastering tough mathematical skills at times. Some examples include:
- Pre-Algebra
- Algebra and Algebra II
- Geometry
- Statistics
- Discrete Mathematics

Don’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Southern New Hampshire University - Current Undergrad, Mathematics

Hobbies

Hiking, music, construction, astronomy, and physics

Tutoring Subjects


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

My teaching philosophy involves engaging a student through the workshop model. The concept revolves around an "I do, we do, you do" structure. Another teaching philosophy I like to use is the Socratic method. A student may often ask questions that they can answer themselves with background knowledge. By asking a student relatable questions, they can often work out the answer to their original question.

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

In a typical first session, I like to get to know the student. I feel that the more I know about a student, the better I can be suited to their learning style. This, paired with a few practice problems to find specific gaps, should ensure the most positive outcome for the student.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

I feel that the workshop model allows for a student to be the most independent. Typically this starts with a writing prompt called a "Do Now." This is a tool used for engaging the students knowledge in a low risk setting. The student writes about a prompt given by the instructor for about five minutes independently. From there, the mini-lesson is where the teacher presents the day's content. During the work period, students typically work independently on problems pertaining to the mini-lesson. Finally, the debrief is where students share out their understanding of the content through verbal prompts from the teacher. This method allows for students to work independently and builds skills of time management, as well as a strong drive to be a self-starter.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

I would make sure that the student knows that I care about their success, try to build a connection with that student, and remind them of how they will use these skills to have a successful future.