My sentiments about learning can be summed up in one quote by my personal hero, Mr. Keating of the movie Dead Poet's Society. Mr. Keating says, "Boys, you must strive to find your own voice. Because the longer you wait to begin, the less likely you are to find it at all. Thoreau said, 'Most men lead lives of quiet desperation.' Don't be resigned to that. Break out!" This is what teaching is supposed to be encouraging students to actively chase the knowledge they need to form their own opinions, rather than spit out information they hear or memorize. And this is what drives me to help students.
My experience working with students is predominantly through my local temple where I used to teach and mentor children in grades 1-3 about religion, philosophy, and culture in a way that would be easy for that age group to understand. I currently teach the same topics to teenagers in high school and young adults pursuing an undergraduate degree. As for my own education, I currently attend Drexel University, majoring in Health Sciences and minoring in Business Administration. I am also in the College of Nursing and Health Professions' six year accelerated program that will earn me a Bachelors of Science by 2018 and Doctorate of Physical Therapy by 2020.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Drexel University - Current Undergrad, Health Sciences
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Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
Learning should be an active experience for everyone. It is hard for a student to understand and remember a concept if it is taught passively with an expectation that the student will simply memorize information and recite it when asked. The application of information is more important than memorization. To make a student actively learn, the information must be presented in a way that the student can understand how to apply it to his/her own life and in real scenarios.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
I would first understand what the student is currently studying and where they might need some clarification or even help understanding. From there, I would look at what notes the teacher has provided and try to help the student make sense of it. Using practice problems, I would help the student practice using the newfound knowledge.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
It might be easy to show a student how to solve a problem and then move on, but to encourage independent learning, it is more effective to guide the student to solve the problem on his/her own with assistance.