I am an alumna of Centenary College of New Jersey and graduated in 2013 with a degree in English, as well as certification in Elementary Education and Special Education. I followed a traditional four-year degree that involved one year of practicum teaching, as well as another year of student teaching. During my time in college, I also worked as a tutor to a third grade student struggling with math, as well as a second grade ESL student.
I am passionate about teaching in a way that students need to learn - in other words, working to their strengths in order to best suit their learning styles. I love to use a wide variety of manipulatives and other visual aids when teaching math, as well as visual organizers and conversational dialogue to work through a writing process. I base my teaching methods on the unique needs of each student, whether it is bodily/kinesthetic movement or some form of mathematical/logical thinking. Every student learns in a different way and I consider it my job to work with each child's unique set of skills, be it with graphic organizers, pictures, or other media!
Undergraduate Degree: Centenary College - Bachelors, English, Elementary Education, Special Education
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What is your teaching philosophy?
My personal philosophy of education is a simple one; every student deserves to learn in a fashion that will engage their interest and insight curiosity. In the very diverse world we live in, this manner of teaching calls for differentiation and a deep understanding of individual students' needs. I will also be required to create a comfortable rapport with my students, and to keep an open line of communication with parents.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
First and foremost, I believe in building a rapport with each student I work with. I would introduce myself, tell them a little bit about who I am and what I do, and then ask them to do the same. I would take this time to ask questions about their favorite activities, their interests, and what they feel they need to work on academically. This will give me a gauge for what type of learner this student is, as well as where they see a need for improvement. Following this brief introduction, we would continue the tutoring session by going over whatever work they need help with, or some practice questions. I would try out several different learning methods (verbal conversation, manipulatives, pictures and visuals, etc.) in order to ascertain which exercise best suits the student. At the end of the tutoring session, I would ask the student to write down a goal they wish to achieve during our time together, which I would save for future use.