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Joseph

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I am currently taking classes at Temple University, majoring in middle school math and science education, and am expecting to graduate in the spring of 2016 with a Bachelor’s Degree in education. I tutor in almost any subject of mathematics and I am confident that I can help any student in this area. I am quite understanding and patient which helps me teach students who struggle or are easily frustrated with math. I am also confident in this area because of my ability to help students understand what steps they need to take or what techniques will be the most helpful to their own specific learning.
My main goal for teaching is to help students develop problem solving and critical thinking skills. These are not only important for math but can be used in any subject and become increasingly important as students move on from school and into the working world. I also believe it is absolutely vital to create an environment in which students are comfortable asking questions, answering questions, and sharing their own ideas. I want my students to feel safe sharing ideas because this will facilitate the learning process and help reduce stress during teaching sessions. Finally, I believe strongly in the importance of learning from one's peers through social interactions. It is a great idea to practice problems and ideas with friends and classmates because you can see different ways to look at and solve problems.

Joseph’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Temple University - Current Undergrad, Middle Years Math and Science Education

Hobbies

Movies, music, sports, puzzles, spending time with friends


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

I believe that a combination of problem solving and critical thinking skills are the most important tools that a person can learn.

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

First, I want to get an idea of who the person is and how they think. This will help me understand the best ways to explain concepts and suggest additional practices.