Mathematics has always been my main academic interest for as long as I can remember. This, plus the encouragement from the many Mathematics teachers that I encountered in my academic journey, made me decide to study and later on pursue a career in Mathematics. I find this subject intriguing due to its day to day application in the real world. ‘Practice makes perfect’ applies best in Math. Homework gives students the opportunity to practice and apply ideas learned in class. It is for this reason that I believe in putting enough effort to do all the homework and complete it in the right way.
An essential aspect in my teaching is infusing students with the enthusiasm that I have for Mathematics. In my 9 years of teaching Mathematics I was able to achieve this by provoking discussion, guiding students to solve problems on their own, and allowing students to find their way of navigating through different calculations. Giving students helpful feedback along their scores after an exercise helped build my students' confidence. I also believe that in addition to solving Math problems, students should be able to communicate and share Mathematics. This is achieved by presenting their work and discussing with their peers.
As a tutor, I hope to help students discover their Mathematics abilities by first creating a positive attitude. I am committed to seeking out new ideas and innovations that will help me excel as a teacher/tutor and in so doing I will be assured of benefiting my students.
Undergraduate Degree: kenyatta university - Bachelors, Mathematics
Graduate Degree: Tennessee State University - Masters, Agricultural Sciences
Reading, Making friends, spending time with family and friends.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
By varying teaching methods and including hands-on activities to keep the students engaged.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
Discussion, demonstration, hands-on.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
Encouraging, rewarding, giving positive feedback.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
Asking questions and giving tests.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
By determining their level of understanding of a particular area first.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
Videos, calculators, pen, paper.
What is your teaching philosophy?
My Teaching Philosophy Education is the best investment one can have since it is the foundation of a successful independent life. Education prepares students for the world. Every child has the right to receive the best education. Each student learns differently, and it is therefore the responsibility of the teacher to understand the needs of each student and make necessary adjustments, depending on the needs of each student. In developing strategies for teaching, I plan to utilize methods that emphasize a "hands-on" approach to conceptual learning. A student will naturally be more engaged in a subject where there is sincere interest and the experience to support traditional academic methods. I believe the major goals of education should be to prepare students to attain the highest level of academic achievement possible so that they can be as independent as possible in the society after school, and to prepare them for further education. Schools should thus include the following goals among their other goals: • Teaching skills necessary for the student to be an independent and a productive member of the society • Involving parents in their children's educational process • Providing experiences and a conducive environment to the students to enable them to develop and improve their self-esteem as well as their emotional well-being • Helping students prepare for a smooth and successful transition from the school I believe that each student is unique in their own way and should be treated as such. All students should be provided with a secure and caring learning environment to ensure that they learn and grow emotionally, physically, intellectually, and socially. This can be done by providing an environment that is safe and open to sharing ideas. I believe in helping students reach their full potential and discover their gifts and talents. To be an effective teacher, one should focus on the students' gifts and talents and not on their deficiencies. In order to address the needs of different students, a teacher should make use of different teaching methods. Differentiating classroom instruction ensures that the learning needs of each student are met. Some of the instruction methods I plan to use are: direct instruction, hands-on instruction, and individualized instruction based on the needs of the individual learner. As a prospective teacher, I plan on making sure that all students participate actively in class or any other learning situations. Assessment is an important part of the educational process since it helps the teacher to measure the students' achievement of their goals. I plan on providing alternative assessments with different response types and revised formats so as to meet the specific needs of my students. Numerous avenues exist for students to display subject knowledge, and classroom assessments should contain elements of presentations, group projects, essays, and many others. Using all available resources, I will constantly be exploring groundbreaking assessment tools. The student will also be heavily involved in the process of determining effective assessment, and encouraged to suggest changes to benefit the system. Some of the ways that can help a teacher to meet the diverse needs of students include, but are not limited to: • Stating the goals for each student • Encouraging students to utilize their strengths and improve on their weaknesses • Measuring the progress of the students on an individual basis and not as a group • Being an advocate for their students • Keeping all those who are involved: students, family, and staff updated on the student's progress • Using different teaching styles, e.g., computer-assisted instruction, explicit instruction, and differentiated instruction, to accommodate the different learning styles of the students • Encouraging social interaction among all students • Creating a personalized plan that benefits each student individually • Conveying/communicating observations, evaluations, and insights to parents, students, and administrators so as to facilitate a learning environment that is beneficial to all students
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
Get to know them personally: name, school, place of residence, interests, and academic goals.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
By using the scaffolding method.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
By rewarding them and giving positive and timely feedback.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
Break it down into simpler steps.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
First help them recognize sight words and read them.