My name is Brittany Holmes and I am originally from New York. I have my bachelors degree in elementary education and my masters degree in special education. I am currently living in Texas working as a 3rd grade teacher. I have worked with many students from all backgrounds and I welcome all learning needs. I enjoy teaching and teaching is my passion. I love when my students understand the work and apply it to the real world. I have over 10 years experience in the education field. I have worked with all age groups from birth up until middle school. I look forward to meeting new students and families. "Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn"- Benjamin Franklin. My motto always. Students learn best when their needs are put first and then they will do the work.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: CUNY Queens College - Bachelors, Education
Graduate Degree: CUNY Queens College - Masters, Special Education
Interest include reading, dancing, singing, reading poetry, adventurous activities
1st Grade Math
1st Grade Reading
1st Grade Writing
2nd Grade Math
2nd Grade Reading
2nd Grade Writing
3rd Grade Math
3rd Grade Reading
3rd Grade Science
3rd Grade Writing
4th Grade Math
4th Grade Reading
4th Grade Writing
5th Grade Reading
Elementary School Math
Elementary School Reading
Elementary School Science
Elementary School Writing
High School English
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
I believe the fundamental goal of teaching is to foster students' interests in fulfilling a successful education. Setting positive vibes in the classroom will set the tone and atmosphere in the classroom. Giving students the opportunity to express themselves in a respectful manner builds trust and room for success. Students need to feel that you are in their corner and that they can trust you. Without trust, how can a student become successful? My job as an educator is to create a positive atmosphere that will foster learning and independence.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
Typically I usually will discuss with my students their likes, their interests, and hobbies. I also will discuss with them, asking them what are their strengths and weaknesses in all subjects, and their desires goal that they want to accomplish in tutoring, as well as in the real world.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
As a current teacher, this is my goal and outcome that I expect all of my students to master. Some ways I encourage independent learning is allowing students to read aloud, keeping a journal of the given task (what they are learning), assigning homework tasks and practice help, as well as allowing students to ask questions to build clarity and understanding.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Motivation is the key to build future success in students. Some ways I keep students motivated is by providing treats, a rewards box, an eat with a teacher day, providing a homework pass, etc.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
I always provide visuals for my students to understand the given task. I also include manipulatives and the use of technology to help students understand a given task. Manipulatives allow students to become hands-on and grasp the idea of the content they need to learn.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
For students who are struggling with reading comprehension, I will provide visuals for the students to understand, highlighting technique, and then have students write the concept to what they need to learn. In my classroom, for my students who are struggling, I have provided color coded sticky pads (thin strip), and students will place it next to the paragraph, identifying the details of what they need to know and breaking the paragraphs in chunks.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
Strategies I have incorporated to foster the success rate of my students is applying real-world situations to a concept they need to learn, usage of anchor charts, usage of manipulatives, and most importantly, building a set foundation of trust, respect, and love.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
I am always singing songs or creating a rhyming scheme to help students remember strategies based on the subject area. Incorporating music and songs definitely encourages students to stay on task and motivated.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
Some techniques I use are pop quizzes, reflection sheets, and common assessments. Reflection sheets are best because it allows me to see where the students is struggling, and what I need to work on to benefit my student in the long run.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
I definitely encourage my student to feel confident by saying great phrases to make them feel good about themselves, joking around with them so they feel good about themselves, and teaching them that it is okay to make mistakes. I always encourage my students that they will learn from their mistakes to become a better learner.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
I evaluate a student's needs on how they respond to others, as well as to me. If they are shy, I would call on them during small group instruction to see if they understand a given task versus whole group instruction. There are also different learners in the classroom, so classroom instruction is always differentiated based on their needs.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
Excellent question. This again is where trust comes into play. Students have to feel that they can trust you, and with that being said, I always develop a sense of trust. As the tutoring sessions proceeds, I will get a better understanding of students that I am tutoring, and take it from there.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
Materials I use are always: the student’s work, so I can see what concept they are learning, technology (iPad if available), visuals aids, and manipulatives.