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Kayla

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Hello Students and Parents! I am a teacher at an elementary school, as well as a tutor. I earned a Bachelors in Science in Elementary Education. I am certified to teach kindergarten through sixth grade. I have my Masters in Teaching and Learning in Technology. I believe all students can learn. A tutor’s job is to use the student’s strengths as a leaner, and their learning style to teach them successful strategies to master skills and concepts. Outside from my career, I love to listen to music, run, and most importantly spend time with my friends and family. I cannot wait to make a difference in your learning experience!

Kayla’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Central Connecticut State University - Bachelors, Elementary education

Graduate Degree: Western Governors University - Masters, Teaching and learning with technology

Hobbies

listening to music, running 5ks, and hanging out with family and friends

Tutoring Subjects

College English

Elementary Math

Elementary School Math

English

High School English

Math

Phonics

Reading

SSAT Prep

SSAT- Elementary Level

Test Prep

Writing


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

I believe all students have the ability to learn. We as educators needs to cultivate a safe and open environment for successful learning. The educators should use students' strengths to guide them in mastering the required academic and social skills to be productive members of society.

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

I would do a getting to know you activity to allow us to get to know each other first. I would include their parent/parents and/or teacher in this session so that those adults in the student's life would be able to meet me and get a grasp on my personality. I would collect baseline data at the end of the session or the next session in order to start meeting the student's needs. I believe testing them right away would bring a negative message to the session.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

I can help a student become an independent learner by teaching them critical thinking skills and analytical skills. A variety of skills and strategies will be taught to allow students to pick from a menu when learning. This will help them understand literature and math problems. It will allow them to be able to attack learning with many tools.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

Motivation is a key successor to learning. I would find out what the student was interested in to make any learning relatable to their life. I would allow choices when applicable, whether it be book choice or choosing from types of problems.

If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?

I would determine what part of the skill was difficult for them. I would then find different resources and a different approach to teach the skill or concept. Just because I learned a certain way does not mean the student will.

How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?

If a student is struggling with reading comprehension, I would first investigate if it has to do with decoding, which means the student cannot read the words in a text, therefore they can't understand the text. I will then teach direct phonics instruction. If the child is struggling with comprehension because they do not understand how to apply the strategy to their reading, I will model using an on grade level text with a rubric and criteria for success. I then will allow the student to apply the skill to a text on their level.

What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?

I found many strategies to work efficiently. Graphic organizers and planners allow students to get their thoughts down in an organized manner. Allowing students to be taught directly how to apply a skill or complete a problem lets them visually learn. Then allowing the students to try applying the skill, using rubrics to lay out the expectations of them, will allow the teacher to see if the concept is being grasped. I also use partner work. Sometimes seeing a partner apply a skill or explain allows the other student to connect to it. It also allows for educational discussions between peers, and students can show their own way of learning to their peers.

How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?

I would first activate their prior knowledge. I would grasp what they know about the subject to not only inform me of what they need, but to also reassure them that they do in fact have knowledge of a topic. I would then find resources that will help them connect their life to their learning. It needs to be meaningful in order for students to fully learn.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

I would evaluate their reading, writing, and math skills based on grade level expectations and using Common Core Standards. I would then choose which needs are the building blocks for more advanced material. I will work on those needs first, and scaffold the learning according to those basic needs.

How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?

I would figure out how they learn best with basic observations, assessments, and surveys. This can help me find the right approach to their learning. If a topic is not being grasped, I will locate resources and research alternative teaching methods to help the students.

What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?

I use grade level texts, highlighters, post-its, graphic organizers, charts, and whiteboards for reading. For writing, I use planners and exemplar writing pieces. In Math, I would also use grade level standards to create problems and examples. I use manipulatives to help students understand the process and the "why" of solving math problems.