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As an educator, my aim is always to meet students wherever they are in life and to find creative solutions to help them understand new concepts and materials as well as find value in the learning process itself. It is my goal to create student-centered classes that give all students multiple opportunities to develop their creativity and communication, leadership, and management skills that will be necessary throughout their lives.
As an educator who spent 10 years teaching English as a foreign language in Japan and Macedonia, it is my goal to teach English as a means to have students think more critically about their own identity, the identities of others, social, cultural, and global issues rather than merely as a subject to read, write, and memorize.
My teaching philosophy is centered on encouraging students to use all of their senses in the learning process. I know from professional and personal experiences that experiential learning is critical in order for students to process, retain, and synthesize new information.
In Macedonia, for two years, I had the freedom to take calculated and creative risks in the classroom without fear of consequences from colleagues or supervisors, and because of the freedoms I had as an educator, my teaching philosophy is also rooted in empowering students to feel comfortable making mistakes and learning from those mistakes in the classroom environment. If students learn something new and if they improve, even incrementally, then I have succeeded as an educator.

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Josh’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Occidental College - Bachelors, Diplomacy and World Affairs

Graduate Degree: University of San Francisco - Masters, Asia Pacific Studies

Hobbies

Photography and traveling.

Tutoring Subjects

College English

English

ESL/ELL

Essay Editing

High School English

Japanese

Languages


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

As an educator, my aim is always to meet students wherever they are in life and to find creative solutions to help them understand new concepts and materials, as well as find value in the learning process itself. It is my goal to create student-centered classes that give all students multiple opportunities to develop their creativity and communication, leadership, and management skills that will be necessary throughout their lives. My teaching philosophy is centered on encouraging students to use all of their senses in the learning process. I know from professional and personal experiences that experiential learning is critical in order for students to process, retain, and synthesize new information. In Macedonia, for two years, I had the freedom to take calculated and creative risks in the classroom without fear of consequences from colleagues or supervisors, and because of the freedoms I had as an educator, my teaching philosophy is also rooted in empowering students to feel comfortable making mistakes and learning from those mistakes in the classroom environment. If students learn something new and if they improve, even incrementally, then I have succeeded as an educator.

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

I would take the time to ask questions like the following: What do you like about this subject? What is most challenging about this subject? What are your goals for this time period? How can I help you to achieve your goals?

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

I can be patient with students and share with them free and useful resources that they can use on their own time.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

I would assess a student to determine how they learn.

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

I would experiment with different techniques to teach the skill or concept.

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

I use multiple resources and approaches to help students who are struggling with reading comprehension.

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

I have found success in getting to know the personality, interests, and values when starting to work with a new student.

How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?

I would use examples that are relevant to the student. I would help them recognize small accomplishments so they feel motivated during the learning process.

What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?

It depends on the materials and the learning goals of each student. I may need to give a fill-in-the-blank test or a multiple-choice test, or have the student explain to me different vocabulary.

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

Positive reinforcement. I recognize the success a student has even if it is a small success. I give a student regular opportunities to succeed.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

I ask a student a series of questions. What are your hobbies? What specifically do you want to learn? What is your motivation for learning this? What do you hope to gain from working with me? What kind of learner do you think you are?

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

Similar to the previous question I answered, I ask a series of questions to get a better understanding of my student's background and their learning objectives.

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

It will depend on the student, but I typically use pictures, songs, videos, and a textbook to teach English or Japanese.


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