My passion for teaching has come to my attention recently, and it has become something that I would find great joy in pursuing. It has been a career change, of sorts, for me to go from the business world to that of the education arena, but it is one that I have greatly enjoyed thus far. I really enjoy teaching young students, and seeing that excitement for learning grow, as well as their satisfaction when they understand the material.
Speaking of passion, my passion for the business world has not totally left me. Talking, conversing, and educating others about topics in business is an area I find enjoyable as well.
I also greatly enjoy athletics, especially football, with having played it for 13 years, and other athletics since the 4th grade, including wrestling, basketball, and track and field. Since my "retirement," I have tried to keep current and involved with athletics in some way. Hopefully, this will include coaching someday.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Adams State College - Bachelors, Finance
Business world, athletics, football, wrestling, reading, various types of music, and superheroes. Since I am into athletics, I do enjoy exercising as well. Baking and cooking are also some hobbies I would enjoy pursuing further.
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
My teaching philosophy focuses on a student's strengths, while identifying areas on which can be improved. My feeling is there's no weakness, only things that require more focus.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
The first session will be more of a "meet and greet," but will also have us work on areas that need to be addressed. However, I do feel a working relationship needs to be formed and built before real, good progress can be made with the sessions. If one, or both, individuals are uncomfortable, then neither will benefit. After that, I would assess the current situation and find where strengths are, and also areas that needed to be worked on. I feel that developing the strengths will allow for more effective development in the areas that need to be worked on.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I feel this can be possible by giving them the tools and resources to believe in themselves academically, thus giving them the self-confidence to embark upon their own learning endeavors.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I feel this can be accomplished by telling them of your belief in them, knowing they can accomplish whatever task they decide to take on, as well as supporting them with the resources they need to be successful.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
I would first try to discover what learning style best worked for them, and then administer the skill or concept in a way that would incorporate that learning style. Whether visual, audible, or kinetic, learning is much easier and simpler when it is presented in a way we learn best.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
First, I would see what area of this they are struggling in, whether it's the memory part of it, or the actual dissection of the information from the text. After that, I would find ways that would help the student to remember, or better understand the material. This could include taking notes, or asking the student if they understand what they just read.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
When I would first work with a student, I would get to know them, and begin to develop a working relationship with them, and have that trust begin to grow. I feel that this would allow for more effective tutoring sessions, and things would be more productive.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
I would let them know that the struggling part is only temporary, and it doesn't always have to be that way. I would have to be excited about the work in which we were doing, because it would be very difficult for the student to be excited in the material if I wasn't excited myself.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
I would actively question them to check for understanding, to see if they not only know the material, but understand it in a way in which they fully comprehend the material. This would include oral, written, and action-based questions to see if the learning and educating was truly effective.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
Building a student's confidence in a particular subject is a tricky area. However, I feel this can be done with some simple methods and procedures. We could start out with some relatively easy problems to allow the student to see that the material can be grasped and comprehended. After this, successively make each question, pacing so the student isn't overwhelmed, but challenged at the same time. I feel that in this way, the student will build the confidence necessary to attack the more difficult problems of a subject area.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
I would evaluate a student's needs by first asking them how they feel about each subject. Then by listening to the responses, I can get a feel for the sentiment on each area, as this can give an indication of their need in that particular area. Furthermore, questioning of particular subjects would be needed.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
Answering this question all comes down to learning styles. If a student has a particular learning style that is more suitable for them, then there needs to be accommodation towards that particular need. Essentially, it would be beneficial to both student and tutor alike, because both would be using their time most effectively.