As an educator, I have been awarded the degree of Master of Science from Touro College in General and Special Education, so I understand the need for academic advisement and instruction in a traditional and nontraditional education environment. I have also experienced, first-hand, the comforting effect of being able to connect with my students and observe their abilities to succeed in life.
During my career as an educator, I have been nominated and received the John LaSalle Teacher's Award. I also have instructed many students in acquiring their General Equivalency Diploma (GED). The joy that teaching brings me is only a small part, but when a student learns, that is the true reward.
These are a few of my quotes used daily in my teaching practice:
Patience is a virtue!
Learning is Fun!
Prior Preparation Prevent Poor Performance
Undergraduate Degree: Lincoln University of Pennsylvania - Bachelors, Biology, General
Graduate Degree: Touro College - Masters, Education
Reading, Learning new things, Broadway shows, Shopping
What is your teaching philosophy?
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
Introduction Rule #1: The "D" and "S" word are not allowed. ( Dumb and Stupid) -These words promote negative energy.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
Modeling the skills needed to become an independent learner.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Positive Energy=Usually students "feed" off of my positive energy.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
Reteach. Look for different learning styles/tools needed in order to gain success.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
Start with a lower level reading comprehension task, highlight keyword(s), and define, gradually building towards a specific goal.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
I use a learning styles survey.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
Use a visual/auditory/kinesthetic learning device.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
Assessments (written/ verbal).
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
Read their IEP, ask questions, and observe their learning style survey.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
Every student learns differently. By the learning style survey and monitoring the student's needs, adjustments will be made accordingly.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
It depends: -Books -Visual aids -Calculators -Laptops