As a teacher I am aware of all the multiple intelligences that students possess and I teach in a manner that benefits students individually. It is important to be diverse and creative in order to meet the needs of all students. I try different methods and keep a positive attitude. I review and reflect about what works and then incorporate what works in my future classes. As I incorporate new methods my classes improve as do I. My best quality as a teacher is perseverance. I lead by example and my students will learn not to give up. I properly assess all my students and give them feedback so that we both know where they need improvement. I know how to manage a class in manner that guarantees the best learning environment. I never waste time every minute is used to benefit my students so that they can reach the highest level of learning. I will never give up on my students and I find that they respect the fact that I care about their future. It is important to try new things and learn through constructive criticism and your own experiences; in other words I am a lifelong learner.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Valdosta State University - Bachelors, Foreign Language Teacher Education
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Q & A
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
1.Assess your learning style. 2. Review vocabulary and phrases. 3.Go over grammar. 4. I will figure out a way to engage you based off of your learning style and then put #2 and #3 together so that the student can start speaking, listening, reading, and talking.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
By motivating them to love the language and culture. They say you only live one life if you only speak one language.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
By encouraging, engaging, practicing, praising, and trying to fit your learning style.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
Ask them what they don't understand and attempt different methods in order to come to an understanding of the concept.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
Students need to understand vocabulary, grammar, pronunciation, and syntax in order to comprehend what they are reading. I would assure the student that they understand all of the above, and I guarantee they will improve.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
Humor and practice (through different activities and games) keep students engaged and learning.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
Answer all questions about culture and try to use the language through a variety of activities that keep the student motivated
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
Assessing and giving feedback so that we both understand what needs to be accomplished in order to master the material.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
Through praise and honesty. I like to challenge my students to their full potential by making it fun to learn a language.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
By asking and assessing the student's weaknesses and strengths in a tutoring session.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
I try different methods, and stick to the ones that work for each individual student.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
Paper , pencil or pen, websites with games, flashcards, and smartphones with Spanish apps.
What is your teaching philosophy?
In simple terms, I am a firm believer in engagement, motivation, feedback, practice, and last but not least, fun. If you add ambition and perseverance, then the answer to this question is through understanding my students. As long as they show that they are willing to learn, I will work till they succeed.