I became interested in teaching children after I traveled to Costa Rica for two months to work on a turtle conservation. While I was there, I was able to educate local children about helping the environment through reforestation, recycling, and keeping the beaches clean. It was a wonderful experience and decided I wanted to help children in my own country. I began taking education classes at my local college and volunteering in elementary schools. I fell in love with teaching. I applied to University of Central Florida and now I will be graduating in May. I have been in two internships and the next 5 months will be my last one. I like being able to see why students are struggling in the classroom and using that one-on-one time to help students that need it. I believe students learn in various ways. My goal is to find the best ways to help my students make academic achievements and enjoy doing it. I think students need to be able to think about their own learning and set goals for themselves. This will challenge them and ultimately inspire them to reach their goals. I really enjoy tutoring in math but I am also experienced in reading. I will have my reading and ESOL endorsement upon graduation. I also have a personal love for reading and continue to read adolescent novels and picture books. I always have good recommendations.
What is your teaching philosophy?
I believe in allowing students to solve problems for themselves by giving them the best strategies to do so.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
I would start by introducing myself and giving the student time to tell me about themselves. I would like to know what they enjoy so I can help to meet the needs of the student in the best way possible.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I think providing students with metacognitive strategies will give them the opportunity to think about how they learn best.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I like students to set goals for themselves so they feel motivated to meet those goals. I also think that challenging students to work hard will give them intrinsic rewards.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
I will work to find a way that will help them to learn it. There are so many amazing strategies that can help kids see the concept differently. Sometimes that is all they need. I will not give up.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
I love using great quality children's books to help students look deeper into what the words mean. I will use before, during, and after reading strategies such as predicting, making inferences, visualizing, and making connections to their own lives.